Fall makes me think of hot chocolate. And it turns out that hot chocolate mix is easy to make. All it takes is three ingredients you can get in the baking aisle of any grocery store: dried milk, cocoa, and sugar. Mix them together (recipe below), add hot water or milk, and you have hot chocolate that tastes as good as the brand stuff.
There are several advantages to making your own hot chocolate.
* It only has three ingredients. The box of Swiss Miss I bought for taste comparisons has 13 ingredients, including corn syrup, diglycerides, dipotassium phosphate, and others.
* You can doctor it up and experiment with flavoring–add vanilla or pumpkin pie spice or whatever else sounds good.
* No more boxes of hot chocolate sitting in the back of your cupboard. I hate that! This recipe uses common baking ingredients you probably already have on hand, which means more room in the pantry.
But does making your own hot chocolate mix save you money? I ran the numbers on this several times. It looks like making my own hot chocolate cost me $.30 a serving, while a packet of Swiss Miss costs $.35 a serving. In the grand scheme of things, a nickel isn’t much of a savings, unless you drink a ton of hot chocolate. However, you could probably cut costs further by buying the cocoa and dried milk in bulk. I’ll look into that and report back.
Here’s the recipe:
DIY Hot Chocolate
(Makes one serving)
1 Tbs cocoa
1 Tbs sugar
1/3 c nonfat dried milk
1 c hot water or milk
In a cup, mix all the dry ingredients together. Heat the milk or water and add to the dried ingredients. Stir until the mix is dissolved. Enjoy!