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Get Cozy With Hot Cocoa

This morning FitSugar let us know about the benefit of drinking hot cocoa. I must admit, my hot cocoa intake is usually limited to special occasions and visits to the snow. However, in honor of this great news, I've decided to whip up a batch of hot cocoa mix to keep on hand. This particular mix can be stored in an air tight container and can be made one cup at a time. Perfect for that mid-afternoon pick-me-up or late night sugar craving! To learn how to make a fantastic hot cocoa mix of your own,

Try putting different spices into this mix such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or all of the above!

Traditional Organic Hot Cocoa Mix
From Whole Foods

1 cup organic dry powdered milk
1/4 cup good quality organic cocoa powder
1/2 cup vanilla sugar (recipe below)
Pinch of sea salt

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
To make hot cocoa, stir one cup boiling water into 1/4 cup mix.

Note: Obviously Whole Foods is all about organic sustainable foods, however this mix can be made with standard powered milk and cocoa powder. For best results choose a high-quality cocoa.

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Vanilla Sugar
From Whole Foods

2 cups organic unbleached raw cane sugar, (such as Florida Crystals or Sucanat)
1 whole vanilla bean, cut up into small pieces

Combine the sugar with the vanilla bean in a food processor or a blender. Process until the vanilla bean is completely minced. Strain sugar into a container with a tight fitting lid. Store in a cool dry place.

Note: Again, you can go non-organic, but stick to raw sugar. If you go with standard sugar, the flavor won't permeate as well.

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haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
this looks good!
YaoMing YaoMing 10 years
Is cocoa no good for health? or coffee better?
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
im an apple cider kind of girl..but when i do have hot cocoa i just use the stuff in the little packages! ------------------------------------------------------- "Yes I kissed [Colin Farell]. Of course I did! He's the cutest, hottest thing in the world -- wooh! He's such a bad boy." Britney 2003
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