Hot Cocoa Mix & Homemade Marshmallows

This is a great, easy gift to give neighbors, friends, teachers…

I found a few different recipes online and tweaked them to make this one, which I think is pretty good! After it’s all mixed up, make yourself a cup of cocoa and then add to it if you think it needs to be sweeter or more chocolaty.

6 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 (5 oz) package NON-INSTANT chocolate pudding mix
1 1/4 cup powdered chocolate drink mix (I used Ovaltine)
1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer (you can use flavored ones, but I just used regular)
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix everything in a large bowl. Divide the mixture between 2 quart or 4 pint Mason jars. Seal and decorate (I just cut a square of some fabric I picked up, and used a sheer ribbon to attach the directions to the jar).

Attach a tag to the jar with these directions: Dissolve 1/3 cup cocoa mix in 1 cup boiling water.

I highly recommend making these homemade marshmallows to go with the cocoa, as they are a real treat! Seriously, they aren’t that much work (it’s an hour start to finish), clean up is really easy, and they’re much better than the packaged kind.

A couple of tips:

-When preparing the pan at the beginning, use a little melted butter in the bottom of the dish, put the parchment on top of that, and then brush a little more butter over the top of the parchment. THEN cover with sifted powdered sugar – I’d recommend using 1/4 cup or more, as the extra will just brush off.

-I wouldn’t try this without a Kitchenaid mixer.

-Cut the marshmallows with a kitchen scissors (see all of the implements in my picture? I tried everything, and a clean scissors was definitely the best. Not because I first used a dirty scissors 🙂 But after you cut a few of them and the scissors get gunky, they are harder to use.)

-After you cut the marshmallows up, dip all sides in powdered sugar so that they don’t stick to each other.

-Try not to eat 16 of them.

-Don’t worry if they’re really uneven looking…I think that’s the best part! You don’t want them to look like they came from a bag.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Robin
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 19:50:47

    Love it!! So glad you tried the marshmallows! Can you believe we’ve gone this long without trying?! They are super fun! Can’t wait to try the cocoa!


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