Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Is there a difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa? Maybe it’s a regional thing like “pop”, “soda”, or “coke”. (I grew up in Oklahoma, so I call it “coke”. All of it, no matter the brand or flavor.) Oh, Google to the rescue: “Although many people use the term “hot cocoa” interchangeably with “hot chocolate,” there’s a big difference between the two. Hot chocolate, or “drinking chocolate,” is made from ground chocolate (which contains cocoa butter), and hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder only.” So technically this is “hot cocoa”, and admittedly, though the former does sound more fancy and refined, I’m still calling it “hot chocolate”, deal? (We’ll blame Oklahoma.)

hot choc set up
mix in spoon

I used to love ripping into those little pouches of pre packaged hot chocolates, mixing and matching flavors, comparing and contrasting milk vs. water, one pouch vs. two – I guess I’ve always been a bit of a food nerd. So, in hopes of conjuring up some childhood nostalgia (and to temper a mad hankering for a warm chocolatey beverage), I set to work in the kitchen determined to make a powdered dairy and sugar free hot chocolate mix. I’m certain a luxurious sipping chocolate could be made by simmering unsweetened almond milk on the stove with a slip of my homemade chocolate, but I had a glass jar I wanted to fill and gift for Christmas.

mix in mug and spoon

The addition of homemade marshmallows (sugar/egg/corn free!) makes it a real treat, and I hope you enjoy this drink as much as I do, whatever you choose to call it!

hot chocolate and muffin

Hot Chocolate

1 cup Dairy Free Milk Substitute (I prefer Unsweetened Almond Milk)

1-2 tbsp Hot Chocolate Mix, recipe below

Whisk Hot Chocolate Mix and milk together in your favorite mug and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes.

Hot Chocolate Mix

2 cups Cocoa Powder (gluten free)

2 1/4 cups Coconut Sugar

Over a large mixing bowl, simply sift together cocoa powder and coconut sugar, then stir until fully combined.

The mix will keep for well over 6 months stored in a glass jar or airtight container at room temperature.

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Eva Rosenberg

Eva Rosenberg

Welcome to Eva's Kitchen where I share my adventures in cooking. My creations may not always turn out Pinterest perfect, but I usually end up with a funny picture or an interesting meal. Thanks for stopping by!


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