This past weekend we hosted a family reunion. While thinking through the process of hosting 60 people in our home I knew I had to to do something to keep everyone from hanging out in the kitchen. I decided I would set up the coffee bar and drink station outside.
I set up a coffee and hot cocoa bar on the back porch. I setup the table with the Keurig, K cups, Cocoa Mix and Marshmallows.
The Instant Creamy Cocoa Mix was very popular with everyone, kids and adults alike. Everyone liked it so much I have decided I will make a big batch and gift it for Christmas to my friends. If you enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, you should try this recipe. You may decide to share some with your friends and family.
10 cups dry milk powder
4 3/4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups powdered non dairy creamer
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight container.
2. For a single serving, place 1/3 cup of mixture in a cup and add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows.
CHOCOLATE…LIQUID CHOCOLATE! I am talking about a big mug of creamy hot cocoa or hot chocolate!
The love affair with the cocoa bean began around 1200b.c. with equatorial Central and South American monkeys that enjoyed the sweet flesh surrounding the cocoa bean. Mayans were the first true chocolate aficionados treasuring cocoa as a restorative, mood changing cure-all. I agree with the Myans…chocolate is definitely a restorative, mood changing, cure-all in my book!!!
Williams Sonoma has a nice selection of both Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate.
According to Williams Sonoma, Hot chocolate is a distinctly different sip than hot cocoa. Inspired by the famed Café Angélina in Paris, where steaming pots of velvety hot chocolate are served with bowls of whipped cream alongside, ours is intensely chocolatey, rich and smooth.
Also, available at Williams Sonoma, From MarieBelle, the popular cacao bar in New York City, this is a true hot chocolate. It’s made from the richest, single-origin Colombian cocoa with a 63% cacao content – not cocoa powder. Preparation is simple: Just add boiling water for a full-flavored, European-style hot chocolate; or substitute hot milk if you prefer American-style hot chocolate. 20 oz. (12 to 14 servings).