This mix makes a rich, chocolaty mug of hot chocolate. It's convenient to have on hand during cold weather, and also makes a great gift.
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa (Dutch-process recommended)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pinch cayenne pepper
3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Add sugar and cocoa to food processor. Pulse until well-mixed. (Or, combine ingredients in large bowl and whisk until well mixed.) Add salt, cornstarch, and cayenne; pulse until mixed. Add powdered milk; process for 20-30 seconds until well mixed. Transfer mix to bowl and stir in chocolate chips. Store in airtight container.
TO MAKE ONE MUG OF HOT COCOA: Fill 1/3 to 1/2 of mug with cocoa mix. Add hot water or milk and stir until mix is dissolved.
ADDITIONS TO TRY: --Top with marshmallows or whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon, shaved chocolate, or crushed candy canes. --For a mocha drink, add a shot of espresso before the hot water or milk. --For spiced cocoa, add 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice to mug. --Spike it with a tablespoon of peppermint liqueur or Kahlua. --Stir in and dissolve a caramel, chocolate square, or chocolate mint. --Add a cinnamon stick or candy cane for a stir stick.