I’m not sure where you live, but here, we’ve had some of the coldest temperatures in years. Usually 20 degrees is the coldest we get in winter, but for the past three days the temps have been down in the single digits at night. That’s some seriously chilly weather. These freezing temps have come after a 5 inch snowfall, so that means snow has been on the ground for the past four days, and my kids are loving it!
While we can expect maybe one snowfall per winter, the weather usually warms up soon afterward and it’s gone. The lingering snow and ice has made for plenty of fun days of snow play and sledding. And it’s been the perfect weather for sipping cinnamon hot cocoa.
If you don’t know already, I’m a bit of a food snob. It’s a problem. I can’t not look at the side of packages and think about all of the unnecessary ingredients. The classic powdered hot cocoa mix from the grocery store is chock full of corn syrup solids, carrageenan, and hydrogenated oils. That’s not super appealing to me.
And even though hot cocoa is a sugary treat, I feel much better drinking a sweetened drink I’ve made at home. This way I know exactly what went into it. And once you realize how easy hot cocoa mix is to make (5 ingredients!), you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making it all along!
Cinnamon Spice and Brown Sugar
I like to add a bit of cinnamon to our hot cocoa mix. The cinnamon is subtle, so there’s no overpowering spice taste. I’ve also found that a key to rich and delicious cocoa is using brown sugar as well as regular sugar. The molasses in the brown sugar gives this mix a richness that is lacking in other powdered cocoas.
So if you’ve been on the fence about making your own cocoa, dive on in and give this one a try. It mixes up in minutes, and can be stored for use all winter long. (If it lasts that long.)
1 cup sugar (we use turbinado)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 heaping cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Mix
- In a medium sized mixing bowl combine both sugars and whisk together. Add in cocoa, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk until incorporated.
- Place mix in sealable container (glass mason jars work well) and store until ready to use.
- To use, warm milk in a mug in the microwave or in a small pot on the stovetop. Use 1-2 tablespoons of mix for every 8oz cup of milk. (This depends on your sweet tooth.) I also add in a splash of vanilla extract after I’ve added the mix. But that’s optional.
- Top with marshmallows if desired and enjoy!