Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Valentine Treat: Cocoa Mix

In my quest to have a homemade life, I do sometimes file away things to make or do that I actually get around to doing, not many, but a few. Making cocoa mix from vanilla beans and chocolate bars seemed like a nice and useful Valentine treat. I found the recipe at Confections of a Foodie Bride, but I did slightly modify it for my own use. This recipe was easy to make and the resulting hot cocoa is delicious. Try it!

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
Makes ~6 jars (200 ml each)

Ingredients
Vanilla bean, 1
Granulated Sugar, 2 cups
Semi-sweet chocolate, 12 oz
Bittersweet chocolate, 4 oz
Dutch-process cocoa powder, 1 cup

Equipment
Food processor with a metal blade
Jars or bags for gift giving
Gift Tags

What to do
Split and scrape the vanilla bean into a jar with the sugar. Rub the vanilla seeds into the sugar with your fingers. Bury the pod near the bottom. Leave it to meld overnight (or months) at room temperature, covered. Remove the pod before using the sugar.

Use a food processor with a metal blade. Pulse the chocolate pieces until finely ground. Add the vanilla sugar and cocoa powder and blend until well combined.

Place into gift bag or jars with a gift tag. Store in an airtight container up to 6 months.

Stir heaping spoonful into warm milk and enjoy!


Ingredients for Cocoa Mix
Put the chocolate bar pieces into a food processor
Process until finely ground
Process all ingredients until finely ground and place into container
Stir a heaping spoonful into warm milk & enjoy!
Add a gift tag to share