Saturday, December 20

Recipe | Hot Chocolate DIY Gift

Disproportionate amount of marshamallows? I think not!
I love Smitten Kitchen.
I think I've said this many times. Deb Perelman is amazing. She started her blog, because she DIDN'T know anything about cooking or baking. It was a way for her to teach herself. Most of all, I love that she steers clear of one-time use ingredients, because she thinks you can yield the same results with what you already have in your pantry.
She recently posted this recipe, and I hesitated.
I love hot chocolate, but always saw cocoa from a box or packet clump. If I wanted clumps, I'd rewatch Nutty Professor II: The Klumps! But I trust Deb. Every recipe I've tried of hers, I've loved, and it's never let down (that woman is freakishly amazing) so I gave it a go. It also seemed like an ideal gift to send to friends and family through the mail so win-win :)
Unlike others, I don't own a food processor so I had to grate the chocolate to ensure it would disperse evenly and get that powdery texture. Unfortunately, in the winter, the grating made the chocolate have a negative charge and attach to me instead of going into the bowl. I used the sugar's weight to hold down the chocolate gratings.

To top it off, I whipped up a simple way to gift wrap this delicious hot chocolate mix to give to friends and coworkers this season! It's a great gift to give as it is rich, but not overly sweet.
Just get any type of glass jar (mason jar, milk bottle) and fill it to the top. After you cap it, take some paper and jute and wrap the top. I handmade a little tag with "instructions" to go with the hot chocolate not pictured here. Now who wouldn't want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate on a cold wintery day?

   The Ingredients
       (source: Smitten Kitchen)

        3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate,
            grated if you don't have a food processor

            roughly chopped if you do
        ½ cup granulated sugar
        ½ cup cocoa powder
        1 tablespoon cornstarch
        ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
        ¼ teaspoon salt

     The Instructions

If you have a food processor:
  1. Rough chop chocolate.
  2. Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until powdery.
No food processor? No problem.
  1. Grate chocolate as fine as you can get it.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients.

To use:
  1. Heat one cup of milk (almond, soy, whatever tickles your fancy) in a saucepan over medium heat until steamy.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons (or more!) of hot cocoa mix.
  3. Whisk over heat for another minute or two until it begins to simmer and mix has completely dissolved.
  4. Pour into mug, top with marshmallows, and enjoy :)

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  1. This looks sooooo good!!! Love the idea <3

    Mahshid مهشید

  2. OMG! This look so so good! Can you please be my personal chef? K thanks!

    1. If we lived closer, I'd spoil you rotten XD

  3. Thanks for sharing this. I love hot chocolate. Great Christmas gift!

    1. I think so too! It's something everyone will love :)


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