16 July 2013

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix

If you love the regular Cheapskates Hot Chocolate Drink Mix, you will really, really love this one. It is so rich and creamy, perfect for a wintry bedtime drink or afternoon tea, especially with a yummy toasted MOO Crumpet slathered in butter and dripping with honey.

It makes a great gift too, in a recycled jar with a pretty fabric or paper jar topper and label. Even in the hot Australian summer, this hot chocolate goes down well. Put it in a pretty jar, add a mug or two and a couple of interesting teaspoons (search op shops), wrap it in an oven bag (they make great wrapping and are cheap too, about 10 cents each) tied with raffia and hang a gift tag off it. It will look great, is the perfect gift because it's consumable and it's cheap - about $1 a jar.

You can have a gift for $2.50 if you shop wisely at your favourite op shops for the mugs and spoons, now that's a gift budget's dream gift!

There are lots of recipes for Mexican Hot Chocolate floating around the world wide web. This is the one I've come up with, after trying and modifying a few of them. Don't be tempted to leave out the pinch of cayenne, it gives the drink a delightful heat without being at all overpowering. And remember it's just a small pinch, a tiny little amount, don't be tempted to over-do it!

1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder (the best you can afford, at the moment I'm using Hershey's, it's just delicious and available at Costco)
1-1/4 cups skim milk powder
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Small pinch of cayenne pepper

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a large jar. Seal.

If you're giving it as a gift (and it makes a wonderful Handmade Christmas gift), add a fabric jar topper and tie with a length of twine or raffia.

Add a label that says:
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Spoon 3 tablespoons into a mug, add hot water and stir. Enjoy.

I sift the ingredients together before I put them in the jar, it makes combining them so much easier and faster - just add them to the sifter and crank the handle and the job is done.

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