This is a recipe that was sent to me back during the summer, and even though were in the midst of one of the warmest months of the year, I looked forward to trying this cocoa mix once it cooled down. Well, here we are in the middle of December, and I'm just now getting around to trying this delicious spiced cocoa! I couldn't wait to share, because not only do we still have a few cold months ahead, but I think this would also make a fabulous holiday gift.
A reader named Patty, who also happens to be extremely sweet, kindly shared this recipe. She told me that as soon as there is a hint of fall in the air, she makes a large jar of this as it is so good during the winter months. I have a feeling we'll be doing the same now!
Patty doubles the batch, but only makes one at a time so that it mixes well in the food processor. She then stores it in a mason jar.
I think what makes this cocoa a little special is that it includes so many wonderful spices, even cardamom, which Patty loves (and me too!).
Winter Spiced Cocoa Recipe:
2 cups powdered milk (Patty recommends Organic Valley brand)
3/4 cup vanilla sugar (recipe will follow)
1/2 cup natural cocoa (baking cocoa)
1/2 cup non dairy creamer powder (such as Coffee Mate)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Put all ingredients in food processor and pulse until mixed well. Store in air tight container. Mix 3 Tbsp. to a cup of very hot water.
Vanilla Sugar Recipe:
1-2 vanilla beans
2 cups sugar
Split and scrape the vanilla beans. Mix into the sugar and bury the pods into the sugar. Let the mixture sit overnight before making the cocoa for the first time. (Patty makes a double recipe to use for other recipes too). Store in a tightly covered jar (keeps for a very long time).
Once a batch of the cocoa is made, it is so easy to add it to some hot water. I topped ours with homemade whipped cream and a little cocoa too (smile). The flavor of all the different spices is so delicious.
I love the idea of packaging the cocoa mix to give as a gift. I put some in a jar and wrapped it with bakers twine and a tag.
I have a couple rolls of bakers twine, but I like this thicker cording better, especially when using it to wrap gifts.
Jillian has been begging me to buy cocoa for a long time... I kept promising her I would make some for us to try.
So there were definitely some squeals of excitement when they got up from their nap and discovered hot cocoa waiting for them (smile). Thank you, Patty, for sharing your recipe with us! I hope you all have a great week!