Malted Hot Cocoa Mix

You’ve heard the saying before: necessity is the mother of invention. It is so true. And necessity spurned this hot cocoa recipe. Not only were we out of traditional cocoa mix, but I also did not have enough powdered milk to follow this Alton Brown recipe exactly. So, I improvised.

That’s code for: I used whatever I could find in the cupboards.

It ended up that I had malted milk powder. Works for me! The malt and the spices combine with the chocolate for a delicious hot treat. Top it with whipped cream or marshmallows if you like.

We love this cocoa mix and intend to keep a steady supply on hand throughout the fall and winter.

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Comments

  1. Love it! We go through a lot of cocoa mix this time of year and this looks delicious.

  2. This sounds really good-going to try it :)

  3. I’ve been meaning to make homemade hot cocoa mix forever. You’ve given me the inspiration finally! Thank you for sharing. :)

  4. Even better than the cocoa recipe was the backdrop for your photos! Where were they taken?

  5. I have always wanted to make my own cocoa mix. I will try this! Thank you!

    Everyone is welcome to link to my Must Try Mondays, too.

  6. Love the photo of the mountains! I live in a flat state so I always tell my friends who live in mountain states to send me mountain photos so I can get a “wilderness fix”. Thanks for giving me one today!

  7. I think this would make great DIY Christmas gifts. I’m definitely adding this recipe to my list of gifts this year.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Any suggestions for what to use instead of the malt powder? Hubby isn’t a fan, but he loves hot chocolate!

  9. Did you use nonfat dry milk? Some commenters regarding Alton Brown’s recipe recommended dry whole milk from the Mexican foods section at the grocery store.

  10. what is and where can I find malted milk powder?

    Why use cornstarch and cayenne?

    I am a total newb when it comes to cooking, baking and such.
    Sorry if its a silly question.

    • I found the malted milk powder with the canned and powdered milks at Walmart. It’s just dry milk. The cornstarch acts as a thickener. The cayenne just gives it an interesting flavor, but you can omit it if you want or if you don’t have it. No question is silly.

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