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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Recipe for Double Hot Chocolate & French Vanilla Hot Chocolate Mix

With this little cold snap that we are having in Illinois right now, I finally had the chance to put these recipes to use.   No complaining here about our mild winter,  but I am a chocoholic and our above average highs kept me from longing for my favorite winter time drink.  Unfortunately, it had me hunting for chocolate in bar form. :(  After drinking a glass of this double hot chocolate, I am happy... at least  for a few days! ;)  And since my hubby does NOT share my love of  doubly chocolate goodness, I adapted a vanilla hot chocolate recipe that even makes him smile. :)  Are you ready for some recipes?  Here we go...

Double Hot Chocolate Powdered Mix

7 1/2 c.     Nestle Quick  (I actually prefer the IGA Shurfine "no name" brand)
2 3/4 c.     Carnation Creamy Chocolate Coffee Creamer **
2 c.           Powdered Sugar
6 c.           Powdered Milk

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.   Add three tablespoons (depending on your taste) to 8 oz. of  hot water.  Some of you may want to add less or more depending on personal preference.  If you are like me, throw some marshmallows on top and give it a little blast in the microwave! :)

** The original recipe that I received called for any type of plain coffee creamer.  The kids really liked it, but they flipped over the difference in taste with the Carnation Creamy Chocolate.   The plain creamer gives the drink  a mellower chocolate taste but is very good and cheaper to purchase.  The Carnation creamers due go on sale quite often.  I haven't found a "no name" chocolate creamer in my area grocery store, but maybe there are some in other locations.  Plus, if you check out Carnation's website, they list coupons throughout the year! :)

French Vanilla Hot Chocolate

3 1/2 c.      Nestle Quick (or a "no name" brand)
2 (8oz)       Carnation French Vanilla Nondairy Powdered Creamer (or a "no name" brand)
2 3/4 c.      Nondairy Powdered Creamer (can use French Vanilla for stronger taste)
4c.             Confectioner's Sugar
10 1/2 c.    Powdered Milk
1/2 t.          Salt

Combine all ingredients.  Add 3 heaping T of mix to 8 oz. of water.

I know this is a huge recipe, but this is how the original recipe proportions were before I altered it.  Most of the time, I quarter the recipe and use all French Vanilla creamer (which can be found in a "no name" brand at my IGA).  Not sure what the salt does.  I have left it out, and hubby hasn't missed it! ;)

If you haven't tried making your own Hot Chocolate Mix,  I highly recommend it.  There are plenty of terrific recipes out on the web, and it can really stretch your hard earned dollar.  Plus, it really looks cool in an oversized ball jar! ;) 


Hillcresthome Prims said...

This sounds so YUMMY. Thanks for posting it!
Stay warm.

Brenda said...

Thanks Tricia... I will be making some tonight. It is chilly and windy today. Winter is letting us know that Spring is still a little ways off! Brrrrrr...;)

Sue said...

The hot chocolate mix sounds so good. It is very very cold here in MN right now and could sure use some.
I really liked your idea of using the drying rack. Wish i had thought of it so many years ago. I raised 8 children and when I made noodles would have them drapped over every kitchen chair I could find. It took a lot of noodles to fill up 8 hungy kids...Chicken noodle soup just isn't right without homemade noodles. Thanks to you my children (56 to 46) are going to get homemade noodles & bread for Valentines Day. No better way to say you are loved.
Thanks so much

The Barn Hollow said...

these sound so yummy, I am going to have to try the vanilla hot chocolate!
The high today here in central Ohio was 15 degrees, too cold!!
Warm Wishes,

Brenda said...

Hello Kim... It feels like we are headed into winter instead of out of it. Wonder what March will be like! The vanilla mix is really popular for gift giving. I think because it is something that not many people think to make. Hubby even sometimes mixes with his coffee! Must be kind of like the specialty coffees. Can you tell I am NOT a coffee drinker! LOL

Keep Warm! :)

Brenda said...

Hello Sue... I cannot imagine trying to keep up enough noodles for a family with 8 kids! You are so sweet to give them as a gift. I thought about that at Christmas time. A lot of my friends would have appreciated them... Maybe next year! ;)

I originally hung the noodles over wooden spoons that were supported by mason jars! Anyone walking through the kitchen could cause the great collapse. The guys are greatful for the new rack. Plus, I can make so much more in one afternoon!

Warm Wishes! :)

Patty Sumner said...

Both of those sound yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipes. Blessings!

Brenda said...

Thanks for stopping by Patty! :)