Homemade hot chocolate mix / Last-minute Christmas gift idea

So that I could have something festive (?) to post  , I hastily made this chocolate mix late last night .

Of course , I could bake cookies and I did 2 days ago but it fell short of expectation .

Okay , maybe I expected too much , dreaming that the buttery spritz cookies that I'm making will taste just like the ones at Jenny Bakery .

Yeah , right ! 

If you've tasted their cookies , you know what I'm talking about .

It's just out of this world , that is , if you love butter cookies .

Now , this chocolate mix surpasses my expectations ! 

But then , I've only got the Carnation instant cocoa mix to compare it with lol

Goodbye Carnation ! 

This homemade chocolate mix is so easy to make and I'm sure the ingredients can be found in your pantry .

Make this and you'll never go back to store-bought chocolate mix again ! 

Recipe adapted from King Arthur

Makes 3 cups mix

1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups Guittard 63 % bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Callebaut milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup Valrhona dutch-processed cocoa
pinch of salt , optional 

marshmallows to serve 

* In a food processor . combine sugar and vanilla and pulse for 5 to 6 seconds or until well combined .

* Add in the chocolate chips to the sugar mixture , pulse in 10 seconds interval until finely ground and well combined . 

* Add in the cocoa powder and salt if using , pulse until everything is well-mixed . 

To make a cup ( 250 ml ) of hot chocolate :

* For each cup , combine 1/4 cup / 4 tablespoons with 250 ml of hot milk or 150 ml hot water plus 100 ml hot milk . Stir until all the chocolate is melted . Top with marshmallows or whipped cream .

* Store cocoa mix in an airtight container for 6 to 9 months .

                                         The so-so taro and strawberry spritz cookies 


  1. Anne, Wishing you a joyful Christmas and a blessed new year 2014:)

  2. Hi Anne!

    I can't remember the last time I had store bought hot chocolate. I usually have a homemade stash in the pantry this time of year. The mixture sure does make a great quick gift too. I must admit though, my hot chocolate mix does not include chips. I must give them a try one day.

    Butter cookies are a favorite of mine too. I'm sorry you weren't pleased but they sure do look good to me. I can't believe I'm not cookied out yet. It sure has been quite a festive cookie season. A bit more than usual I think:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Anne...Just in case I don't make it back before the "big" day, Anne. A Very merry Christmas to You and Yours!!! May you get all that you want and more:)

  3. Sound easy to make! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Anne!

  4. Hi Anne,
    This is such a lovely idea! I know my kids would love this!
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  5. Hi Anne, excellent hot chocolate mix. Look really awesome, thanks for the wonderful idea. The cookies look addictive, great to go with the hot chocolate too.

    Merry Christmas to you and family. Have a wonderful holiday.

  6. What a lovely cup of hot choc, love the idea of giving it as a gift:D Merry Christmas to you!

  7. Blessed Christmas, Anne! That mug of hot choc is calling out my name, can i have one pack please? ;-)

  8. Hi Anne,
    It's so lovely!
    Blessed Christmas to you and your family!

  9. I would love one now with a few piece of taro cookies.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Anne.

  10. Anne,
    This is such a good and ideal simple gift!
    I don't mind receiving it..lols

    Merry Christmas to you and your beloved!

  11. that's a lovely gift idea you made! Merry CHristmas to you, Anne!

  12. Everyone loves hot chocolate mix. this is a wonderful gift idea, Anne.
    Have a great Christmas!

  13. What a cute idea for a holiday gift!!! So sorry about the spritz...they are finicky little devils!!! Hope you had a terrific Christmas, Anne! xo

  14. Hi Anne..It's great to hear from you since the last time I dropped by your blog.

    Merry Xmas to you and family and have a splendid New Year celebration,ok.

    I will packed some baked goods in exchange for this Christmas gift...I need this hot chocolate at my office now...Brrrrr**so cold**

  15. these look cute and beautiful Anne!!

  16. Hi Anne!
    Dropping by for a visit and to wish you a belated Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year! The homemade chocolate mix as gifts is a FAB idea and the cookies looks good too!

  17. What a great gift idea, Anne. Wishing you a Happy New Year! And a wonderful 2014 ahead!

  18. Hey Anne, I also made hot chocolate in a jar as edible Christmas gifts, but mine was store bought. Love the look of those cookies, they look so cute :-)


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