Cocoa? Cocoa! Damn miserable puny stuff, fit for kittens and unwashed boys. Did Shakespeare drink cocoa?
American Writer 1919-1965
I don't know about Shakespeare, but the unwashed boy in my house certainly drinks plenty of cocoa, along with the semi-washed girl and the Secret Agent Man.
When I was growing up my mom had a friend who made the best homemade hot cocoa mix. She made huge batches of the stuff and would pass it along to our house. Growing up in North Dakota I had plenty of long, cold winters in which to enjoy this hot beverage. And the only way to truly enjoy it, as far as I am concerned, is with a huge dollop of marshmallow creme. It melts in the cocoa and only adds to the flavor.
Heaven in a mug.
Here is the recipe for that childhood cocoa mix. I now have my daughter hooked on the stuff.
Ms. Ruth's Hot Cocoa Mix
1 box powdered milk (8 quart mix)
2 lbs Nestle Quik
8 ounce jar of coffee creamer
1 cup powdered sugar
2 small boxes of instant chocolate pudding
I gently mixed all the powdered ingredients in my KitchenAid mixer until everything was well incorporated. This makes a lot of mix and I used a 1-gallon jar to store it in.
When ready to use add 1/4 cup of mix to a medium sized mug of hot water and stir until dissolved. Top with marshmallow creme. Yes, you have to.