Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Hot Chocolate Experiment

Some friends of ours gave us some Mexican hot chocolate awhile back.  My son happened to find it in the freezer and since it was a grey and dreary day, we decided to give it a try.  First, we had to boil some milk...

 Next, we broke up the chocolate pieces that they gave us.  My son was tempted to eat those by themselves, but we held him back!

After we boiled the milk, we put both ingredients into the blender.  I learned that hot liquid squirting out the top of the blender, no matter how hard you're holding the top down, is still hot...and messy.  After that I turned the speed down and it didn't squirt out quite so far...

After a few minutes of blending, and wiping up, we poured it into a mug...

and gave it a taste test...

The cinnamon taste in the hot chocolate took us all by surprise, but most of us agreed that after a few sips, it really did taste good.  

Our other favorite hot chocolate recipe involves the blender, too, but only during the initial powder stage so it is much harder to get it to fly all over the kitchen (although not impossible).  We really enjoy this recipe, so I thought you might, too.
All Natural Hot Chocolate Mix

2 1/2 c powdered milk
2 c sugar
1 c cocoa
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients into a food processor (though a mixer works fine if you don't have a food processor) and mix until no lumps or visible bits of brown or white can be seen.  Store in a container.
To mix:  combine 3 tbls mix with 6-8 oz of hot water.

Of course, add some "squirty" whip cream or add marshmallows to make it even more fun!