Hot Chocolate Gifts

Posted 4 years ago

I don’t drink coffee. Black Juice from Hell as my father would call it. I don’t drink Tea. The smell of it is nauseating to me. But I DO LOVE Hot Chocolate! I made some for Christmas Gifts along with those Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows. Its Simple, relatively inexpensive and personable. 
I combined 2 different recipes that were ok and made 1 really good recipe and here it is:
5 3/4 C Dry Powdered Milk
2oz       Coffee Creamer (whitener)
2 1/5 C Confectioners Sugar (Icing Sugar)
4oz       Chocolate Drink Mix – think powdered chocolate milk mix
1 1/2 C Chocolate Chips
1 1/2 C Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp   Salt
You need to process the chocolate chips into fine grain, like chocolate dust….. ummmmmm……. *wipes up drool*. You can do this in a food processor or magic bullet. I only had the bullet so I ground it up fine but putting only the chips in can go bad, the heat of the blade melts the chocolate and then forms a block. My trick, add some confectioners Sugar to the chips for processing, dries out the chocolate and prevents clumping. Also pulse it. 
To MAKE the hot chocolate – you know so you can test it. I put instructions of adding 1/3 C mix to 1 C hot milk. But I found half and half milk water works OR as I prefer, use hot water and then top it off with cold milk to bring down the temperature and make it drinkable. 
Mix all your ingredients into a large bowl you borrowed from someone else because really who own a bowl this big other than my mother. this is gonna make you about 10C of mix, which is like 30 servings. Having a cute helper/stirer is not necessary but recommended. Having a messy dining room is totally optional and not recommended 

My original plan was just to have the chocolate mix in the coffee bag, but the smallest bag is 1/2lb and you need at least 3 1/2C of mix to fill past the window which is just WAY too much to do when you have 10 to make, SO I had to regroup and rethink. I ended up using some plain  bags and filling them up with 1 1/3 C of  mix.

Then lay bag on its side and group all the mix together and roll it up and tape it so that you have a hot chocolate sausage. 

This sausage filled about half the coffee bag, the other half of bag I put in 4 of the Tempered Dark Belgian Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows and then labeled it using Avery Martha Stewart Labels and some Christmas Ribbon.

Sources:
Mix supplies all came from grocery store and Bulk Barn.
plastic bags are from local hardware store Housewares.
Coffee Bags from CanWax
Martha Stewart Avery Labels from Staples (Canada)
Ribbon – I already owned but from Michaels

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