Quik and easy

It’s time to play “What Leftovers Do I Have That I Can Make Something Out Of”!

The ingredients in today’s game:
1. Non-fat dry milk
2. Unsweetened cocoa powder
3. granulated sugar

Can you guess what I made? If you said “homemade hot cocoa mix,” you’re absolutely right!

I bought the dry milk a long time ago, possibly for the exact same reason, to make cocoa mix. Because there’s virtually no fat that would go rancid, this keeps for quite a long time. I checked the expiration date, and the date was December 2008. I pretended it was Christmas. Good to go.

While it’s still winter out there, I thought hot cocoa mix would hit the spot. Couldn’t be easier, with whole, natural (if not completely fresh) ingredients. Next time you want to buy the supermarket brand of hot cocoa mix, or even Nesquik (though that stuff does taste pretty good), take a look at the ingredients, report back to me, and we’ll compare.

Here’s the recipe. This should yield about a dozen servings.

2 3.2 oz. packets nonfat dried milk
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients, and store in airtight container. You can make the cocoa with water or milk.

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Pictures of my cocoa, and yours truly enjoying it. You might have noticed a couple of tubular-shaped items in the cocoa. Those are cinnamon sticks, added for some extra flavoring. A vanilla bean would similarly work.

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