National Cocoa Day

As a child, nothing would bring me in from playing out of the snow like a tasty, hot cup of cocoa.  Still true today, nothing warms me up better on a cold December day than a nice cup of hot cocoa! Hot chocolate (also known as hot cocoa, drinking chocolate or just cocoa) is a heated beverage that typically consists of chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and sugar.”  Tomorrow is National Cocoa Day. This holiday celebrates all the uses of “Cocoa” but what comes to mind most is a delicious cup of hot cocoa. To celebrate National Cocoa Day, make your favorite type of cocoa to enjoy. For a twist during the Holidays, try adding a candy can to your traditional cup of cocoa!

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Makes Quick Hot Cocoa for One or Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

Quick Hot Cocoa for One: Combine dry milk, sugar and cocoa in mug or cup; stir in 1 cup boiling water. Garnish with whipped cream or miniature marshmallows before serving.

Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar: Combine ingredients in large bowl. Pour into jar. Top with marshmallows, if desired. Seal with lid.

Quick Hot Cocoa for One Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar
Servings 1 4 12
Container Size One mug or cup Pint jar 2-quart jar
Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk® ½ cup 1 ½ cup 6 cups
Granulated Sugar 1 to 2 TBSP 1/3 cup 1 ½ cups
Nestle® Toll House® Baking Cocoa 1 ½ TBSP ¼ cup + 2 TBSP 1 cup + 2 TBSP
Miniature Marsh­mallows (optional) Or whipped cream (optional) ½ cup (optional) 1 ½ cup (optional)