1/24/11

Tuesday's Tip: Cocoa/Mocha Mix


Gifts from the kitchen are a real treat! Everyone's time is so limited. I truly feel special when someone makes something homemade for me! This year I want to try to share a neat gift idea from the kitchen on the week of the 25th each month. The holidays are always so busy, and I don’t always get to share a lot of ideas during that time. We’ll see how it goes…

My friend, Donna, brought this big container of cocoa mix to our house just as it began to snow one afternoon a couple of weeks back. What a treat! We made cups of this delicious beverage immediately. Donna probably hadn’t even gotten out of the drive when we started! I do believe this is the best cocoa mix I’ve ever tasted. Yummy! Donna got the recipe from a mutual, sweet friend of ours, Jennifer. I just love how a great recipe gets shared from friend to friend to friend!

A container of this mix makes a perfect gift for Christmas, Valentines, Hostess Happy, or National Hot Cocoa Day, which is celebrated each year on December 12th!

Hot chocolate was invented by the Swiss, who first thought to shave a bar of chocolate and mix it with hot milk. Cocoa powder was invented by the Dutch. Many thanks to our Scandinavian friends for sharing their delectable inventions with the rest of us!

More than 2,000 years ago, the enjoyment of chocolate began as a spiced, cold beverage, which was consumed by the Olmecs, Mayas and Aztecs.


“The divine drink, which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink (cocoa) permits a man to walk for a whole day without food.”
~Montezuma - Aztec Emperor (c. 1480-1520)


For a really cute gift, tie a measuring scoop and/or small whisk onto the container with a pretty ribbon. For an extra special presentation, you could nestle a container of this cocoa mix in a basket with a couple of mugs, a bag of mini marshmallows, a measuring scoop, and a small whisk!

Our Cocoa Mix is going fast!!!

Cocoa Mix

This mix makes a great mocha drink, too. Just substitute fresh, hot coffee for the water!

1 pound (3½ cups) powdered sugar
12 ounce container (2 cups) coffee creamer
1 pound (3½ cups) Nestle Quik instant mix
1 box (1 pound 6 ounce) powdered milk

Mix all ingredients together well.  
Use approximately 1/2 cup with hot water to make cocoa.


Attach a card with these instructions:

Cocoa/Mocha Mix

Combine 1/2 cup mix with one cup hot water or coffee. 
Enjoy!

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