It’s officially Christmas Eve’s Eve Eve! As you know, when you get in the spirit pretty early in the season, Christmas day itself seems almost surreal. I don’t even want to get into post-holiday feels. So the past few posts have been my version of a countdown of sorts, all things holiday leading up to the big hoorah. For this next giftable item, I decided I wanted to go for a traditional holiday staple: hot cocoa. Unfortunately, however, I’ve found myself growing tired of your basic, everyday milk chocolate hot cocoa with gummy marshmallows and a condensed, syrupy bottom. So I was inspired to kick it up a notch and spice things up (pun extremely intended).
This recipe fills a half-pint jar and serves two people or one ambitious person with big dreams and motivation.
Make the mix:
- 3 1/2 oz semi sweet chocolate
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- pinch of ginger
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
(1 cup of half & half = 5 tbsp. of cocoa mix)
- Process the chocolate in a food processor until it’s grainy and sand-like. Add sugar and cocoa powder and blend until powdery (it won’t be super smooth).
- Add cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and blend until combined.
To make the hot cocoa (2 servings): heat 2 cups of half & half or milk in a small saucepan until the edges begin to bubble, stir in 10 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix and stir until smooth, pour into two mugs.
Enjoy! xo, B