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Old 11-23-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Hot Chocolate Question

Sometimes I like some hot chocolate for a nice bedtime drink, but the mixes in packages are just too sweet for my taste, especially since I like to add a crushed starlight mint.

I went looking for a less sweet mix and excitedly grabbed a container of Nestles' Quik - no sugar added. GAH! Still way too sweet.

Does anyone have an idea what I could use? Cocoa, maybe? I don't want to fuss with dirtying a pan, just something easy to pop into the microwave.

I'd like to be able to add my own sugar so I can have a strong chocolate flavor without a lot of sugar, or to be able to add marshmallows without ODing on sugar. Maybe even using the marshmallows as the sweetener.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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This is a delicious recipe - I use 4 Tbsp cocoa powder instead of 3, and use Dutch processed. It's done on the stovetop, but you can adapt it for the microwave:
Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe - Food.com - 34173
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:02 PM   #3
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Here is what I do instead of buying hot cocoa mix.

3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups Special dark Hershey's cocoa
1 cup coffee creamer
1teaspoon salt
5 1/3 cups nonfat dry milk

Mix together and store in an airtight container.
For a cup of cocoa, put 1/3 cup mix in a coffee mug and add hot water.

You could use less sugar if you don't like it as sweet, although it is not as sweet as some. :)
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:05 PM   #4
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Z, you could also make up this mix without the sugar, and add the sugar when you make a cup.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:57 PM   #5
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Here is what I do instead of buying hot cocoa mix.

3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups Special dark Hershey's cocoa
1 cup coffee creamer
1teaspoon salt
5 1/3 cups nonfat dry milk

Mix together and store in an airtight container.
For a cup of cocoa, put 1/3 cup mix in a coffee mug and add hot water.

You could use less sugar if you don't like it as sweet, although it is not as sweet as some. :)
That sounds lovely Chops
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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I bet that's a good recipe Chopper!

I seldom drink hot chocolate, but just the other day I made some for Steve and I with the old standby recipe on the side of my box of Hershey's Cocoa. The amount of sugar you use can be up to you. For me, there's just nothing like the real deal.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:36 PM   #7
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I bet that's a good recipe Chopper!

I seldom drink hot chocolate, but just the other day I made some for Steve and I with the old standby recipe on the side of my box of Hershey's Cocoa. The amount of sugar you use can be up to you. For me, there's just nothing like the real deal.
I love the recipe on the cocoa box. I make it that way if I don't have any of the mix made up.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:45 PM   #8
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I found a recipe that uses white chocolate instead of the creamer. I don't keep creamer. Also superfine sugar instead of the powdered sugar.

Thanks for the idea!
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Sometimes I like some hot chocolate for a nice bedtime drink, but the mixes in packages are just too sweet for my taste, especially since I like to add a crushed starlight mint.

I went looking for a less sweet mix and excitedly grabbed a container of Nestles' Quik - no sugar added. GAH! Still way too sweet.

Does anyone have an idea what I could use? Cocoa, maybe? I don't want to fuss with dirtying a pan, just something easy to pop into the microwave.

I'd like to be able to add my own sugar so I can have a strong chocolate flavor without a lot of sugar, or to be able to add marshmallows without ODing on sugar. Maybe even using the marshmallows as the sweetener.
Be aware and make at your own risk. This is the ultimate hot chocolate. It truly might be deat-by-chocolate!

Ingredients:
10 oz. half 'n half
1 ea. 3.5 oz bar of Lindt 70% cacao dark chocolate bar
1 ea. 3.5 oz, bar Dove dark chocolate bar
a pinch of cinamon

Heat the half 'n half in a double boiler (or in a sauce pan over low heat if you can do it without scorching the bottom). Break up the chocolate and whisk it in until it is completely blended. Stir in the cinnamon and remove from the heat. Pout it into a large mug and escape to Nervana.

You will be consuming about 1200 calories, and spend about $4 for this velvety smooth hot chocolate. But you will die very happy.

For my DW, I used Lindt and Dove milk chocolate. Yeh, she loved it, then told me never to make it for her again. It was simply too indulgent, and expensive for a cup of hot chocolate. I say, have it once in a great while, when you need a super chocolate fix,

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Be aware and make at your own risk. This is the ultimate hot chocolate. It truly might be deat-by-chocolate!

Ingredients:
10 oz. half 'n half
1 ea. 3.5 oz bar of Lindt 70% cacao dark chocolate bar
1 ea. 3.5 oz, bar Dove dark chocolate bar
a pinch of cinamon

Heat the half 'n half in a double boiler (or in a sauce pan over low heat if you can do it without scorching the bottom). Break up the chocolate and whisk it in until it is completely blended. Stir in the cinnamon and remove from the heat. Pout it into a large mug and escape to Nervana.

You will be consuming about 1200 calories, and spend about $4 for this velvety smooth hot chocolate. But you will die very happy.

For my DW, I used Lindt and Dove milk chocolate. Yeh, she loved it, then told me never to make it for her again. It was simply too indulgent, and expensive for a cup of hot chocolate. I say, have it once in a great while, when you need a super chocolate fix,

Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North

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I agree with DW, thanks, but don't ever make it again...
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