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I first made this hot chocolate mix last year and I was thrilled that it got rave reviews. Smooth and rich hot chocolate. What could be better after a long day out in the crisp winter weather? And, bonus, it was a good use for some of the 7 pounds of Valrhona dutch cocoa powder I had just purchased. Yeah… there’s a story there.
I really wanted to get some high quality dutch processed cocoa powder and I had been reading about how awesome Valrhona is. I found a source and ordered a 3.3 kg box. 3.3 kg… it didn’t sound like that much. I didn’t think about 3.3 kg being well over 7 pounds of cocoa powder. The idea of it was much different than the reality of it. 7 pounds. That’s a whoooooole lotta cocoa.
Anyhoo, moving on!
This hot chocolate mix ain’t Swiss Miss. It is rich. Decadent. Smooth. A real indulgence. I would be more likely to serve this to adults but my cousin’s kids also love it. Where kids are concerned, your mileage may vary. Do yourself a solid and use the best chocolate and cocoa you can get your mitts on. Your taste buds will thank you. Oh, and I always get asked if you can make this with water. (See the above note about Swiss Miss.) Nope, you’ll need to make this with milk or a reasonable milk substitute.
The whole batch is around 24 servings. I like to divvy it up in 2 or 3 cup servings and give it out with a note with directions.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste
- 2½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup dutch processed dark cocoa powder (also called black cocoa)
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- Combine the sugar and vanilla bean paste and put in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to mix it up nicely.
- Add the chocolate chips to the bowl and pulse at 10 second intervals until the mix is as finely chopped as you like it. I usually go for a loose gravelly consistency. I like to see bits of chocolate chunks! The consistency of wet sand is good too.
- Add the cocoa powder and salt. Pulse several times, until everything is well mixed.
- To make the hot chocolate, mix ¼ cup of the mix with 8 ounces of hot milk. (Do not use water!) Top as you like... whipped cream, marshmallows, shaved chocolate, etc.
- The entire batch makes about 24 servings. If kept in an airtight container, it will stay fresh for several months.