Hot Chocolate!

chef_carrie_banner_672Peppermint Hot Cocoa (5 of 4)I had the pleasure of creating a recipe for our new DLM Hot Cocoa Mix. Can I tell you how much fun it was playing around in the test kitchen with hot chocolate? I wanted the classic taste of hot chocolate, which means cocoa in all its glory. Deep, rich cocoa powder makes that classic hot chocolate taste we are all familiar with. A little sugar, a pinch of salt, and natural vanilla makes our new DLM Hot Cocoa Mix full of real, delicious ingredients I am proud of.

For the vanilla, I just had to use Madagascar Vanilla Powder for 2 reasons. The first is the simplest one- flavor. It’s simply the best vanilla powder on the market. (Think vanilla extract in powder form.) Secondly, we wanted this mix to be pantry stable, so I needed all dry ingredients – this fit the bill perfectly!

I wanted a little luxury in there for the true chocolate lover. Something a little special, but not over the top because this hot chocolate is for both children and adults alike. Open up a jar and you will find real chocolate buttons in there! It’s the same imported chocolate we use for making our killer brownies. It melts beautifully and adds a velvety, luxurious texture that adds a more rich flavor than ordinary hot cocoa mixes.

Simply heat up your favorite milk and stir in a couple of tablespoons. It also tastes delicious made with coconut, almond, or soy milk. Go all out and try it topped with our homemade marshmallows.

Bring on the snow!