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Old Fashioned Homemade hot Chocolate

When I was a youngster growing through to our small family dairy farm in Wisconsin, before there were things like instant cocoa drink mixes, this is the way my mother and my big sister made hot chocolate.

- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- dash of salt
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 4 cups milk
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Homemade hot chocolate

Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in a saucepan. Gradually stir in water. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly, and boil for a couple of minutes. Gradually stir in the milk. Heat to almost boiling but do not boil. Stir in the vanilla.

Beat with a hand beater before serving.

In case a sweet drink is desired, stir in another teaspoon of sugar after it has been poured right into a cup.

how to make homemade hot chocolate

Instant Cocoa Mix

Christmas gift (or birthday gift) idea: Put the cocoa mix in to pint jars or half-pint jars. Set the lids on the jars. Place a square of fabric with a holiday pattern (or still another pattern) about it within the lid. Screw on the ring. Tie a ribbon around the top of the jar. One recipe makes about four pints.

6 cups of nonfat dry milk

1 cup of cocoa powder

2 cups sugar

Measure all ingredients in to a mixing bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. Store in a covered container.

Use 2 to 4 tablespoons of the mix (to taste) to a cup or a mug of hot water.

Russian Tea

1 cup of powdered orange drink
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup instant tea

Mix the dry ingredients. Store in a jar or yet another covered container. Use 2 teaspoons of the mix per cup of hot water (or to taste).


Gift: You may also put the Russian Refresher or Russian Tea into quart, pint or half-pint jars and give as presents. Decorate the jars as described for the hot cocoa mix.


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