Malted Hot Cocoa Mix

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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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About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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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. Sara says:

    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. angie says:

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

    • Jessica says:

      @angie, we went to Mammoth Lakes, CA for our vacation last week. It was beautiful!

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

  7. Elizabeth says:

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

    • Jessica says:

      @Elizabeth, oh, just use more powdered milk.

      • Elizabeth says:

        @Jessica,

        After I left the comment I realized the substitution was kind of a no-brainer. 🙂 I am going to put together cute packages of these for Christmas gifts!! Thanks for the idea!

  8. KS says:

    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.

    • Jessica says:

      @KS, I used an organic dry milk powder that I bought from Amazon. I’m trying to eliminate the hormones.

  9. Tori says:

    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.

    • Jessica says:

      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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