Baby, it’s cold outside. Snuggle up with a mug of Malted Hot Cocoa, reminiscent of a chocolate malt, but perfect for those cold days and nights.
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.
This is a big part of the Good Cheap Eats System. Shop your kitchen first and use what you have.
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.
What goes in malted hot cocoa mix?
The ingredients for Malted Hot Cocoa Mix include:
- powdered milk
- powdered sugar
- cocoa powder
- malted milk powder
- ground cinnamon
- ground cayenne pepper
What is malted milk powder?
Malted milk powder is made from malted barley, wheat, and dried milk. It lends a malty flavor to beverages, such as milk shakes, and to baked goods, such as cookies.
How is that different from malt powder?
Malt powder is slightly different. It is made from wheat and barley. It doesn’t contain milk, but is instead an ingredient in malted milk powder.
Malt powder is used in baking, particularly in bagels to give them a distinctive flavor.
For this recipe I recommend that you buy malted milk powder because it’s easier to find. Carnation is the brand I typically see.
Do I have to use malted milk powder at all?
If you prefer, you can omit the malted milk powder and simply add more powdered milk. It won’t have the same flavor, but it will still be delicious.
How do you make malted hot cocoa mix?
Since many of the ingredients in malted hot cocoa mix can get lumpy, I recommend that you sift the powdered sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and spices to remove lumps. You don’t want anyone to have a clump of cocoa powder in their mug!
Sifting will stir up some dust, but it’s worth the effort to have a smooth, easy-to-dissolve cocoa mix.
Depending on the texture of your powdered milk, you can sift that in as well.
How to make hot cocoa mix from scratch:
- Measure out the ingredients.
- Add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and spices to a sifter.
- Sift the ingredients into a large bowl.
- Whisk in the milk powder.
- Store the cocoa mix in an airtight container.
This cocoa mix is great to take on vacation with you or to give as gifts!
How do you serve malted hot cocoa mix?
Scoop 2 tablespoons of the mix in a mug. Stir in a bit of hot water and stir to dissolve the mix. Add more water, stirring to combine. Serve hot.
Can you put hot cocoa mix in coffee?
Adding the hot cocoa mix straight into hot coffee is a great way to make a simple mocha!
What can you add to hot cocoa mix?
Once you’ve prepared your hot cocoa from a mix, you can stir in any number of flavorings or toppings:
- whipped cream
- flavored syrups—like caramel, almond, or hazelnut
- liqueurs—such as Kahlua, Irish cream, or whisky
Malted Hot Cocoa Mix
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cup powdered milk
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup malted milk powder
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch ground cayenne pepper
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together all the ingredients until evenly mixed. Store in an airtight container.
- To serve: place 2 to 3 Tablespoons of the cocoa mix in a 6-ounce mug. Add water. Stir to combine. Serve hot.
This post was originally published on October 19, 2011. It has been updated for content and clarity.