Homemade hot chocolate mix from The New Camp Cookbook (plus a giveaway!)
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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix from The New Camp Cookbook (Plus a Giveaway!)

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that my favorite gifts tend to be of the homemade variety — especially if they’re made to go in my stomach!

I’ve also found that jars of all shapes and sizes are the perfect vehicle for packaging such gifts. Sometimes they can even be the gift! (Remember these DIY jar koozies from last year?)

Some of my standbys to make for gifts are this rich and creamy chai concentrate, pickles of all kinds (especially quick pickles like these roasted beets, radish pods, or pineapple guavas), fermented foods like kimchi or sauerkraut, and my zippy grapefruitcello and orangecello (though these take time to age, so you need to think about making them at least a month ahead of time).

Today, however, I’m sharing a new recipe that actually comes from my book, The New Camp Cookbook. Because it’s intended for camping (or tailgating or cabin trips), you know that it travels well, keeps for a while, and is super easy to make!

Homemade hot chocolate mix

Hot chocolate mix is more often purchased than it’s made at home, but once you see how simple it is to put together, you’ll want to have a jar stashed in the kitchen (or your camping bin) at all times.

Real chocolate in hot chocolate mix

Bittersweet chocolate chips

There’s real chocolate in it, and I add dry milk powder to the mix so you don’t have to use fresh milk if it’s not something you always have on hand. The milk powder adds enough richness to a steamy mug of hot chocolate so all that’s needed is hot water: 1 cup for every 3 to 4 tablespoons of homemade hot chocolate mix.

(If you do always have milk in your fridge, then you can omit the milk powder entirely and use milk instead of water.)

Finely chopping chocolate chips for hot chocolate mix

Each batch in the recipe below makes enough hot chocolate mix to fill two pint-size jars. Add a cute little note with instructions for one of my favorite drink variations (for Classic Hot Chocolate, Mexican Hot Chocolate, or Snugglers) and I think you’ll have a very happy recipient.

To sweeten the gesture, package your jar of homemade deliciousness with a copy of The New Camp Cookbook.

I’ll even pitch in by giving away three personally signed copies of my book this week, courtesy of Voyageur Press!

Continue past the recipes and enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will run through Saturday, December 15, 2018. Three winners will be announced by email!

Finely chop the chocolate chips

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Makes 2 pints

Ingredients

1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, very finely chopped (at least 60% cacao)
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup dry milk powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Transfer to an airtight container and store in a dry, cool place for up to three months.

Classic Hot Chocolate

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

1 cup water
3 to 4 tablespoons Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix (see recipe above)

Instructions

Heat the water in a small saucepan over medium heat until steamy. Add the hot chocolate mix and stir until all of the ingredients are dissolved and well blended.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

1 cup water
3 to 4 tablespoons Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix (see recipe above)
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cayenne pepper

Instructions

Heat the water in a small saucepan over medium heat until steamy. Add the hot chocolate mix, cinnamon, and cayenne and stir until all of the ingredients are dissolved and well blended.

Snuggler

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

1 part peppermint schnapps
6 parts Classic Hot Chocolate (see recipe above)

Instructions

Stir the schnapps into a mug of hot chocolate until well combined.

Mix the chocolate chips, cocoa powder, sugar, dry milk powder, and salt

The New Camp Cookbook Christmas Giveaway

Want to win a personally signed copy of The New Camp Cookbook? I’m teaming up with my publisher, Voyageur Press, to give away three copies to three happy campers! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Giveaway Rules

  • Giveaway begins December 8, 2018 and ends December 15, 2018.
  • No purchase is necessary.
  • Only US residents ages 18 and older are eligible to enter.
  • Six entries allowed per person.
  • Odds of winning are based on number of entries received.
  • Three winners will be drawn at random and notified via email.
  • If winner does not respond within 48 hours after time of contact, that entry will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn.

Yield: 2 pints

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix from The New Camp Cookbook

Hot chocolate mix using real chocolate, perfect for gift giving, stashing in your kitchen for cozy nights at home, or packing in your camping bin to drink around the fire.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, very finely chopped (at least 60% cacao)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dry milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and store in a dry, cool place for up to three months.
Yield: 1 serving

Classic Hot Chocolate

You can never go wrong with a classic hot chocolate made with real chocolate chips and cocoa powder.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Instructions

  1. Heat the water in a small saucepan over medium heat until steamy.
  2. Add the hot chocolate mix and stir until all of the ingredients are dissolved and well blended.
Yield: 1 serving

Mexican Hot Chocolate

If you're bored with basic cocoa, try a classic hot chocolate amped up with a subtle hint of cinnamon and spice.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat the water in a small saucepan over medium heat until steamy.
  2. Add the hot chocolate mix, cinnamon, and cayenne and stir until all of the ingredients are dissolved and well blended.
Yield: 1 serving

Snuggler

A soul-warming, cold-weather cocktail that tastes like a Peppermint Pattie in a mug.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Stir the schnapps into a mug of hot chocolate until well combined.

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