A Truck, A Tree & Alton’s Hot Cocoa
Our truck is one of my favorite things ever. We just returned from getting our Christmas tree (9 feet-YAY!), with the four of us crammed in the cab, and it is so proud. It should be. This truck has assisted in numerous landscaping and home improvement projects and this past Summer we fit one whole above ground pool in it (minus water, but still…). We not only lived to tell, but actually enjoyed swimming the rest of the Summer. The truck is also our magic carpet for joyrides in the countryside and who knows what yard sale or cool stuff you might see when you’re out and about? So, thank you Truck, we love you.
While the boys were outside with manly saws and the tree stand, I made hot chocolate. It’s not quite accurate to call it hot chocolate. I associate that with the other stuff from the envelope. I’m not being snobbish, but prefer dark to milk chocolate and the other is just too milky and sweet for my taste. Once the mix is prepared, you can enjoy many mugs of it and even give some for Holiday gifts. If you have to share, you might want to make extra! It is amazing. In about the same time it takes to make instant from the envelope, you can have a mug of rich, dark hot cocoa with warmth and a little *tingle* from the cayenne. Oh, and it’s great made with plain old hot water. I’m not kidding.
They love it, they’re happy and oh so proud. My boys, who make Holidays and every day sweet.
Makes 5 1/2 Cups dry mix
- 2 Cups powdered sugar
- 1 Cup cocoa
- 2 1/2 Cups powdered milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
- Hot water or milk
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly. In a small pot, heat 4-6 cups of water. Fill a mug half full with the dry mix and pour in hot water or milk. Stir to combine. Store the rest in an airtight container – keeps indefinitely.
Credit: Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa recipe