When this world feels like a rotting dump of methane filled sewage, there are few comforts you turn to. A loving voice, a soothing touch, a reassuring moan.. and all these things are impossibly hard to come by; why else would this world have turned into a venomous pit of hate infected flies? You need something restorative, with the potential to remedy some aches and provide warm succour.
You need a cup of hot chocolate and not just any ol’ hot chocolate but a homemade version. One that’s a pre mix, which needs nothing save pouring in hot water or milk if you think you need it. But it’s a mix, which means there’s milk present already, so really just hot water is all you need.
There’s a sort of whimsical poetry, like a fluttering tune about ‘hot chocolate’. The fact that it’s chocolate in pourable form that can be drunk warm. Wisps of chocolatey fog hitting your face and thick sweetness with all the richness of terra cotta cocoa pouring into your system provides instant calmness and an upbeat feeling of general wellness.
Unlike store brought hot chocolate mixes that are doused to the teeth with chemicals that you couldn’t pronounce, this is one is fairly docile. Just sugar, vanilla pods, milk powder, cocoa powder, corn starch and salt.
Split the belly of vanilla pods to extract all the wonderful flavour of the seeds. Sometimes it’s also called vanilla caviar. hmm.
add it to the sugar. Don’t throw away these emptied out vanilla pods. Stick them in a jar of sugar to make vanilla sugar. ah, the wonderful fragrance.
also- if you do not have vanilla pods or you’d rather not bother with vanilla in this recipe, simply omit this step.
add in the corn starch to this mix
whisk it about. Though it’s not needed because the next step will take care of the mixing.
whizz it in a blender or a processor, whatever you have on hand to make this coarse sugar vanilla corn starch mixture into a powdery mix.
something like this. See how it’s flecked with vanilla beans.
add milk powder to the now powdered sugar+vanilla+corn starch
in with the cocoa powder.
and sea salt
use a whisk to mix it well. Get rid of any lumps. And it’s done.
there you have it. Your very own homemade hot chocolate mix. Store it in a jar and have fun with it.
this is how you make it. Scoop out 3 heaped spoonfuls into a mug.
add hot not boiling water.
there you have it. Hot chocolate in the comforts of your own home. Made in lesser time than it would take for you to go out and have some. This mix is not only easy but so convenient. Anytime you need a fix just scoop out and pour.
Sugar: 180g (2 cups)
Vanilla pods: 2
Corn starch: 30g (1/4cup)
Powdered milk: 200g (2 cups)
Cocoa powder: 70g (1 cup)
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Split the vanilla beans and scrape out their seeds and mix with sugar. add in corn starch and blend in processor or blender to make it into a fine powdered form.
Note: if you’re using fine powdered sugar then simply whisk in these ingredients until there are no lumps present.
Into the powdered sugar mixture add in milk powder, cocoa powder and salt. Whisk well and ensure there are no lumps. Once well mixed store in a jar.
To make hot chocolate scoop 3 tablespoons into 3/4 cup of hot water. Alternatively you can even using milk and also use the mix to create many shakes or desserts of choice.