Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hot Cocoa In My Cup

Cocoa? Cocoa! Damn miserable puny stuff, fit for kittens and unwashed boys. Did Shakespeare drink cocoa?

Shirley Jackson
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.




32 comments:

  1. Oh my! I bet with the pudding mix, it is extra rich and yummy!!!! Uh oh. I might have to make up a batch!

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  2. P.S. Just LOVE that photo of Jack with his head in the snow! :)

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  3. When Shakespeare was writing his plays, hot cocoa wasn't available in England. But I'm sure he'd have drunk it if it was.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'm going to make this, so when the grand kids come, they can have cocoa when they come in from skating.

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  5. Nothing like it indeed! I’ve never tried the marshmallow cream (my step daughter’s favorite snack in a spoon) but I will!

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  6. Every winter's day when I came home from school my mother had hot cocoa and these wonderful French rolls waiting for me. You brought back a very good childhood memory. Thanks!--Inger

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  7. Sounds like a great recipe.

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  8. Like I need another obsession! I was perfectly happy with my fair trade cocoa until I saw this! Sounds yummy!

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  9. I love me some hot chocolate! But my butt doesn't or at least the size of it, so I'm sipping blueberry tea. Yours sounds better.

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  10. ps love your header with Jack in the snow!!

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  11. Farmchick -- hot cocoa is a staple where I grew up -- cold wintry Michigan! But, I think North Dakota has MI beat on the wintry side. -- barbara

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  12. Talk about a sugar rush but oh so tasty. Thanks for the recipe!

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  13. Mmmm - sounds real good, and what's even better - when you find a recipe on a blog it has no calories !

    ;-)

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  14. What a fun, keeper recipe! Thanks!

    I got a few boxes of hot chocolate mix in a gift basket one year that I love as it makes a really dark chocolate mint flavor. I always put mini marshmallows on top!

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  15. hmmm...lovely idea for this snow outside!

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  16. I love cocoa when it's cold, but being lazy I make it the easier way with powder and milk. Your recipe seems delicious!

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  17. I'll skip the marshmallow... but I'll just say mmmmmmmmmmmm!

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  18. Sounds like a neat idea to premix the cocoa. We drink it more like a novelty here and the premixed packets put out by the neighborhood stores or some chocolate company. It is good too but doesn't shrink my butt and gut.

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  19. I can only imagine how much your family loves this drink on your cold Kentucky mornings. A good wake-up concoction.

    I can't have too much chocolate and sugar for hyperglycemia reasons, but it does look scrumptious!

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  20. Sounds delicious!!
    I will definitely be trying this.

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  21. Oh yum....and marshmallow creme....
    I am not a hot chocolate drinker, but this would do just fine!:)

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  22. Yum! I think this is, by far, the best thing I've seen today. Thanks for sharing. It has actually been snowing a bit today and I think they are calling for some more over the next few days, so this will be great to have on hand. Thanks again.

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  23. That looks awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

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  24. Hey Farmchick,

    I just recently discovered your blog. How lovely. I knew when we visited the city a few years back that you enjoyed the vintage shops and items. It wasn't until I read your blog that I realized the depth of your love for "old time" things. That is wonderful! My "youngest" is enjoying visiting your blog to see your "youngest". Visit my blogs sometime!
    Michelle Eastham
    RibbonsnRags.blogspot.com

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  25. Mmmm,Yummy!
    That is a must-try recipe on my list!
    Love the pics of your puppy dog in the snow!
    Happy New Year!

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  26. There's even a graffiti over here, saying, that 'Cocoa rocks'.

    Years since last I had any of it. Please have you all a good Thursday.

    daily athens

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  27. Farmchick, I think I would like that as much as Cappuccino.It sounds so rich and creamy. I may give it a try soon.

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  28. Poor Shirley...she might not have been such a bitter little thing if she had enjoyed a bit more cocoa!

    m ^..^

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  29. I've never heard of putting marshmallow cream in it-now I think I need to go try it : )

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  30. Wow - how perfect ~ THANK YOU! We are BIG cocoa drinkers here on the farm. I make a batch with added choc chips, mini marshmallows n broken up peppermints. Will try your recipe this weekend!
    Stay snug,
    Leslie

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  31. ooh, pudding in the mix....sounds yummy!

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