I used to drink a lot of Swiss Miss. I know, it’s not that exciting, but coffee is out of the question for me after about 4 o’clock, and I love to wrap myself around a mug in the afternoon. I decided a while back that I wasn’t going to buy anymore hot cocoa, I was going to make some myself. Now that it’s getting chilly, I thought I’d actually get on that.
I did a lot of looking for both drinking chocolate (the uber-thick rich kind) and hot cocoa (like Swiss Miss). As much as I love drinking chocolate, it sounded like something you need to make a batch of and enjoy with grown up friends, not something you can spoon out and warm up and sip on the couch while your kid runs around like a crazy person.
Among all the hot cocoa recipes, I liked Alton Brown’s the best- it was simple, it had good ratings, and despite the disgusting marshmallows, Alton generally makes great stuff.
You will need
2 cups powdered sugar ($1.77 for 32 oz, $1.77/ 7.5 cups = $.24 x 2 = $.48)
1 cup cocoa powder ($3.00 for 8 oz, $3.00 x 2.8125 cups = $1.07)
2 ½ cups powdered milk ($3.89 for 3 cups, $3.89 x 5/6 = $3.24)
1 tsp salt ($.47 per 26 oz, $.47/ 30.69 tsp = $.02)
2 tsp corn starch ($1.49 per 171 tsp, $1.49/171 tsp = $.01 x 2 = $.02)
1 pinch cayenne pepper (less than $.01)
|Hot Cocoa ingredients, ready to mix.|
|All shook up.|
Throw it all in a Tupperware and shake it up. He doesn’t say so, but I would highly recommend sifting the cocoa and sugar. I hit a couple clumps when I was drinking, and it was not pleasant. I scooped a ½ cup of the mixture into two different mugs. I poured hot water in one, and whole milk in the other. The water one was very cocoa-y, and very tasty. Then I tasted the milk one- it was rich and creamy and delicious. I will say that once it cooled a bit it tasted a little sweet, so I may tone down the sugar next time, but milk is the way to go if you ask me.
|Milk on the left, water on the right. Both delicious!|
$4.83 per batch that makes 5.56 servings, or $.87/serving.
Swiss Miss is $5.49 for a 19oz canister that makes 28 servings, or $.19/serving.
Well, it was tasty, but was it 4.5 times tastier? It’s a tough call, but I’m going to say yes. This will be a Try It for me from now on. The price will go down a little if I buy the larger sizes of powdered milk and cocoa, but not by much.