Hot Cocoa Mix and Cookbook Giveaway

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The Eat Boutique Holiday Market is right around the corner. My head is swimming with all the little bits left to coordinate, but once it comes and goes and our bellies are full of small batch goodness and our gift lists are complete with indie maker products, I plan to take Tara’s advice and relax with a hot cup of my very own home-blended cocoa. –Maggie

I love a good homemade pantry staple. I see it as a game: what can I make instead of buy? There’s a new cookbook on the market for those like me, written by none other than the authority on the best recipes: America’s Test Kitchen.

When starting a large and daunting project like canning homemade tomato sauce, or making a ton of homemade chocolate hazelnut spread to give to friends and family for the holidays, it’s comforting to know that the final product won’t be wasted. The test cooks and editors at America’s Test Kitchen have compiled tried and true recipes that have gone through the ringer: you can count on your preserves to be perfect, every single time.

The DIY Cookbook: Can It, Cure It, Churn It, Brew It covers all of the basics: condiments, jams and jellies, beverages, cheeses, pickles, and meats. From making your own bacon to brewing your own beer, there’s something for everyone, no matter how much or little homesteading you already do. Super easy to follow, each recipe is introduced by an editor or test cook, who then shares step by step photos of the process, followed by the condensed recipe.

As a childhood Swiss Miss addict, I was really excited to try making my own Hot Cocoa Mix. I never thought to try making the creamy chocolate drink of winter weekends myself. But like many of the things in the DIY Cookbook, it was straightforward and simple. As the temperatures dip, I plan to curl up on the sofa with my hands wrapped around a steaming mug of my homemade cocoa, and you can, too.

The recipe is below for you to enjoy. With mug of hot cocoa in hand, why not enter our giveaway to win a free copy of The America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook? There are FOUR ways to enter to win. Try all FOUR!

1) Enter once by leaving a comment on this post answering this question: Do you top your steaming mug of hot cocoa with: whipped cream, marshmallows, both, nothing at all or something else?

2) Enter again by following @eatboutique on Twitter and tweeting: I entered to win @testkitchen cookbook. They’ll be participating @eatboutique Holiday Market on 12/9! More here: http://bit.ly/ThuiIT

3) Enter a third time by “liking” Eat Boutique on Facebook and leaving a comment on the post that showcases this blog post.

4) Enter a fourth time by subscribing to the Eat Boutique email list at the very end of this post or in the right hand column and leave a message here to say that you did!

All entries must be made by Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11:59pm, and a winner will be chosen and notified by Monday, December 3, 2012. We can only ship to US residents. There’s not much time so leave your comment now!

(While America’s Test Kitchen has paid to participate in the December 9 Holiday Market, the taste-testing, cookbook review and food opinions expressed above are those of Tara Bellucci and the Eat Boutique team.)

Hot Cocoa Mix from The America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook

Makes 8 cups

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups Dutch-processed cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Working in 2 batches, process mixture in food processor until chocolate chips are ground fine and well incorporated into cocoa mix, about 1 minute. Hot cocoa mix can be stored in airtight container for up to 3 months.
  3. To make hot cocoa: Heat 1 cup of milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until steaming, 3-5 minutes. Whisk in ⅓ cup mix until well dissolved. Pour into mug and top with whipped cream or marshmallows.

All photos styled and taken by Tara Bellucci.

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Comments

  • Rachel

    I like my hot cocoa like I like my hot fudge sundaes…lots and lots of marshmallow!

  • http://www.chefjuje.com/ Juliana Hardymon

    This looks delicious – I’ve never made my own hot chocolate mix before. I do always top mine with homemade whipped cream. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611484809 Armando Gonzalez

    Love my hot cocoa with a marshmallow and some peppermight schnapps!

  • Heather

    My cocoa is plain jane, nothing added.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611484809 Armando Gonzalez

    Just signed up for the mailing list too!

  • Heather

    Tweeted the giveaway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lena.damiano.3 Lena Damiano

    Marshmallow Fluff, if I have it. If not, tons of marshmallows!

  • Meg

    I love Fluff or even regular marshmallows. No whipped cream for me!

  • MEG

    And I’m on the mailing list!

  • MEG

    And I’m on the mailing list!

  • Pam Aghababian

    Peppermint sticks. Or Baileys.

  • Michelle L

    I always like cocoa topped with homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. :)

  • Rachel

    Marshmallows for sure!

  • Juliana

    Homemade whipped cream! Only the best.

  • edenz713

    Peppermint schnapps :)

  • Beth

    whipped cream for sure! and a drizzle of some caramel!

  • George

    Love the cocoa recipe..I like to use a vegetable peeler to make nice long shaving of chocolate shavings
    from a block of dark chocolate

  • George

    Love the cocoa recipe..I like to use a vegetable peeler to make nice long shaving of chocolate shavings
    from a block of dark chocolate

  • Sarah

    Fluff!!! sometimes real marshmallows, but I love the way fluff melts into cocoa

  • http://tumblr.redheadedmissives.com/ Elizabeth White

    I’m a mini-marshmallows kind of girl. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  • Stephanie Robinson

    well I PREFER whipped cream on top but I usually don’t have any or any whipping cream on hand so I just drink it naked!! I like marshmellows on their own or melted in a cereal treat but not so much melty on my hot drink!

  • Rachel

    I subscribed to the email list!

  • Candace

    One word: Fluff. It is sweet, already pretty melty, and absolutely delicious when spooned up with cocoa!

  • Sha

    I top mine with marshmallows and dark chocolate curls- maybe a sprinkle of ground cinnamon :)

    • Sha

      ^ I subscribed to the mailing list :)

  • Erin

    I am of the opinion that hot cocoa should have nothing, and hot chocolate, whipped cream. :)

  • MaryB

    Usually I have it plain but once in a while, whipped cream is a decadent treat.

  • MaryB

    I subscribe to the mailing list.

  • Anastasia

    I usually top my hot cocoa with a little fresh grated nutmeg – this works even better with whipped cream — but even the nutmeg alone is festive and ritualistic! I subscribe to the mailing list please let me win!

  • Megan Esqueda

    I love topping my hot cocoa with fresh whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and a shake of cayenne pepper!

  • Carly

    Around the holidays I prefer stirring a candy cane straight into my hot cocoa. And evvvery once in awhile I’ll mix hot cocoa with my morning coffee to start the day out right :) (Guess that’s not so much what I put on top as what I put inside, but hope it still counts!)

  • Suzy Berryman

    Marshmallows are the only way to go! And lots of them =)

  • Suzy Berryman

    I just posted on your FB wall =)

  • Suzy Berryman

    Just signed up for your emails =)

  • KarenT

    My favorite way to top hot cocoa is with Whipped Cream, White chocolate shavings, Chocolate syrup, and a Small Dark Chocolate stick

  • http://twitter.com/porkcracklins porkcracklins

    Naked hot chocolate. No need to dirty it up with anything else.

  • Luvnspooonfulll

    Luv luv luv hot chocolate with mini marshmallows

  • Kathy

    As many marshmallows as will fit!

  • Margaret

    Marshmallows or whipped cream or both!!

  • Margaret

    I follow on Twitter and tweeeeted the giveaway.

  • Margaret

    I liked EatBoutique on FB. and left a post

  • Julie

    I top my cocoa with mini marshmallows. Yum!

  • Cassie

    I top mine with marshmallows

  • Cassie

    I follow eat boutique on twitter and tweeted the contest

  • http://twitter.com/ineedtobake Cassie Ducharme

    I subscribe to emails!

  • Kandus

    I I liked it on facebook and left a post I subscribed to the emails and dont top my hot chocolate with anything however when someone sneaks a marshmallow on top yummm

  • Kandus

    I I liked it on facebook and left a post I subscribed to the emails and dont top my hot chocolate with anything however when someone sneaks a marshmallow on top yummm

  • John E.

    Marshmallow!

  • Michelle W.

    Oh, marshmallows are the only way to go. Also, I signed up for the mailing list!

  • Jamie Bass

    Whipped cream and a sprinkling of something of the pumpkin pie spice variety (cloves, nutmeg, allspice, etc.) and/or a touch of cayenne if I really need warming up!

  • Jen K

    I like my hot chocolate NEAT- nothing in it.

  • sophia

    with whipped cream!

  • sophia

    just subscribed to the mailing list!

  • Meagan

    I wouldn’t say no to a little bit of marshmallow…or whipped cream…or shaved chocolate haha. Thanks for the giveaway

  • Meagan

    I subscribed to the mailing list, too!

  • Karen

    I love this and can not wait to see that cookbook…I love making homemade gifts for the holidays and this book will be perfect and full of great new ideas! thanks for the giveaway! ps. I already follow you and am on the mailing list :) and pss. marshmallows on top, always!

  • Mike

    Marshamallows all the way!

  • Cassie

    I like eat boutique on facebook

  • Gail

    Whipped cream, with some salted caramel. Ideally.

  • Kemberli Paes

    Covered in marshmallows!

  • LostInCheeseland

    When I was a kid it was marshmallows but I learned to pair hot chocolate with rich whipped cream in France because, why not make it a little more decadent?

  • LostInCheeseland

    Already a subscriber! And following on Facebook!

  • sticksnscones

    I top mine with Mocha Whipped Cream!

  • kathyinozarks

    thank you for hot cocoa recipe, I like the chocolate chips in this one. I follow you on twitter

  • kathyinozarks

    love the recipe and would love to win this book thanks for the chance-I always put marshmallows on top of my cocoa

  • kathyinozarks

    I am a subscriber of your site-comes in my inbox-thanks for the chance

  • Julia

    Just subscribed to the mailing list!

  • Susan Ulbrich

    Pinch of salt in cocoa makes all the difference. I like mine with sprinkled nutmeg on top too. No whipped cream unless it’s fresh from the cow!

  • Susan Ulbrich

    Already an Eat Boutique subscriber!

  • Leigh K.

    I used to love fishing around in my mug for those little Swiss Miss marshmallows, but now I’m a fan of real whipped cream if I have it around. Yum!

  • Courtney S.

    I don’t top my cocoa with anything in particular, but I like to play with flavors- a little salt here, cinnamon and cayenne there, cardamom and clove if I’m feeling sassy… :) I’m already an e-mail subscriber!

  • Regina

    I usually like my hot cocoa as is, with nothing on top! But sometimes I do like to put some peppermint extract in there… yum. :) Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Liz Harty

    I usually don’t put anything now, but when I was younger (and had it in the house), I used to top my cocoa with a dollop of Marshmellow Fluff!

  • Laura

    I like it alone, with homemade marshmallows, or with fresh whipped cream. More likely to add flavors directly to the hot chocolate than on top though. I like it with homemade bourbon vanilla extract, cinnamon, mint, salted caramel, or even a few various liquors. Already a subscriber. Would love to win this book. Want to do all homemade gifts this year.

  • Pursummr

    I like to top my hot cocoa with a splash of Tres Leche liquor. Yum!!

  • MeganG

    Marshmallows, whipped cream, and/or a candy cane!

  • Lara Burns

    Marshmallows!

  • Lara Burns

    I’m already an Eat boutique subscriber:-)

  • http://onceuponaparcel.com/ Emily Schmader

    I’m usually a marshmallow kind of girl! Yum! However, I recently found a recipe for peppermint whipped cream, so I’ll be trying that this Christmas season.

  • http://onceuponaparcel.com/ Emily Schmader

    I’m usually a marshmallow kind of girl! Yum! However, I recently found a recipe for peppermint whipped cream, so I’ll be trying that this Christmas season.

  • http://cookingwhims.wordpress.com Megan

    Whipped cream, please!

  • http://cookingwhims.wordpress.com Megan

    Whipped cream, please!

  • http://twitter.com/happyplateful Betsy Pollack

    I like mine plain. Well, maybe with some dark chocolate shaved on top. Homemade hot cocoa will be a perfect addition to the holiday baskets I make. Thanks for the idea! P.S. I already subscribed to the email list.

  • http://twitter.com/happyplateful Betsy Pollack

    I like mine plain. Well, maybe with some dark chocolate shaved on top. Homemade hot cocoa will be a perfect addition to the holiday baskets I make. Thanks for the idea! P.S. I already subscribed to the email list.

  • Jan Jack

    I like Marshmallow Creme on my Hot Chocolate… especially on a cold winter day!!

  • Jan Jack

    I like Marshmallow Creme on my Hot Chocolate… especially on a cold winter day!!

  • Christi in MA

    I like adding some Buttershots Schnapps to my hot cocoa. :)

  • Christi in MA

    I like adding some Buttershots Schnapps to my hot cocoa. :)

  • Christi in MA

    I subscribe to emails.

  • Christi in MA

    I subscribe to emails.

  • Elizabeth

    I love adding whipped cream, marshmallows and caramel sauce! Yum!

  • Elizabeth

    I love adding whipped cream, marshmallows and caramel sauce! Yum!

  • Elizabeth

    Also liked your Facebook page!

  • Elizabeth

    Also liked your Facebook page!

  • Elizabeth

    Subscribe to emails.

  • Elizabeth

    Subscribe to emails.

  • Shila

    I love sprinkling hot cocoa with a dash of cinnamon, cardamom, and cayenne when making it at home. And def whipped cream at a cafe.

  • Shila

    I love sprinkling hot cocoa with a dash of cinnamon, cardamom, and cayenne when making it at home. And def whipped cream at a cafe.

  • Kimberly Porter

    I always top it with whipped cream.

  • Kimberly Porter

    I always top it with whipped cream.

  • Kimberly Porter

    I follow Eat Boutique on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.

  • Kimberly Porter

    I follow Eat Boutique on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.

  • Kimberly Porter

    I top it with whipped cream.

  • Kimberly Porter

    I subscribe to the Eat Boutique email.

  • Helene K

    no marshmellows, just pan de yema on the side for dunking

  • Deanna

    Used to use frozen Western Family extra creamy whipped topping as it would slowly melt. However they changed the recipe so don’t do that. I did find an idea that whipped cream stabilized with a little powdered sugar can be frozen. So now make a mocha daily and put frozen whipped cream on to slowly melt. Lovely

  • Deanna

    I subscribe to your newsletter. Love it.

  • http://www.jobanba.wordpress.com The Hungry Crafter

    I prefer it with marshmallows, but I don’t always have them around!

  • http://www.jobanba.wordpress.com The Hungry Crafter

    I’m also an email subscriber :)

  • Shelby Kirsch

    teeny tiny baby marshmallows! carnation hot cocoa forever.

    also, i tweeted, already am an email subscriber, and liked on Facebook! thanks for the giveaway!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessbeets Jessica Beets

    Peppermint schnapps :)

  • Maj-le

    Nothing!! Commando is the way to go!!

  • Michele

    Either plain or with whipped cream. Though my friend just made homemade marshmallows, so I would change pattern to try one of those.

  • Michele

    I am on the e-mail list and would like an entry for that in the cookbook contest, thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/Bloghappy Nicole

    Either plain or with marshmallows. But oh this cocoa mix sounds delicious.

  • Catherine Maticic

    I like to top my hot cocoa with whipped cream – yum!

  • jfer

    This will be a great recipe to use for the Hot Cocoa night I’m planning for later in December. We’ll have plenty of different boozes to mix in, especially the peppermint schnapps :) and I’ll have to get both marshmallows and whipped cream (though I prefer marshmallows)!

  • http://twitter.com/sasafred Sarah Fredrick

    I’ve finally learned how to make coconut milk whipped cream. That’s now my topping of choice. It’s amazing.

  • Maria C.

    Gotta be hot chocolate with those terrible, hard mini-marshmallows! It’s a nostalgia thing, I guess. These mixes are a great gift idea!

  • Cheryl W.

    I top my hot coco with tiny marshmallows. I have issues with it though because I find myself chasing them down when I take a drink, and they never really have a chance to melt into the hot coco. Thus causing me to throw in more… It is a vicious cycle. LOL! Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter.

  • Cheryl W.

    I like your Facebook page and commented. (Cheryl HeartnSoulmom)

  • Cheryl W.

    I am an email subscriber.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lizzybruno Liz Harty

    hi – where did you get those labels an the jar top stickers?

    • http://www.tarabellucci.com/ Tara Bellucci

      Hi Liz! The label stickers come on a packing tape roll, and that’s scrapbook paper on the lids- both I got at Michaels!

  • http://twitter.com/CraftyNote LittleNoteCrafts

    I love a scoop of vanilla ice cream in mine. It melts slower than whipped cream but is just as delicious.

    Mini marshmallows are also awesome in a pinch!

    I liked on Facebook and commented on the post regarding this blog post.

    I’m following on Twitter (@craftynote) and tweeted about the giveaway.

    And I subscribed to the mailing list!

  • Flynn

    Marshmallows

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.camhi.1 Sarah Camhi

    whip cream and marshmallows together!

  • Nappingpig

    I put nothing on my hot coco! I love it just as is.

  • Chelsea

    I definitely top with fresh homemade whipped cream!

  • Christina Conte

    Either nothing, or whipped cream!

  • http://twitter.com/OnyxPected Rosalyn

    Something else…a 1/4 or a 1/2 shot of rum w/ natural coconut flavor AND smal marshMELLOWs…OMG

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.speyrer Chris Speyrer

    just a shake of cinamon

  • Dee

    Marshmallows or peppermint schnapps.

  • Sarah Klein

    I love putting marshmallows in my hot chocolate!

  • Sarah Klein

    I tweeted.

  • Sarah Klein

    I’m subscribed to the email list already

  • Sherry

    Both, of course. But not at the same time (that’d be silly).

  • Sherry

    consider me subscribed!

  • Chef Jeff

    Whipped cream! Put it all over my chocolate. :-)
    Chocolate shavings if I feel fancy.

  • Chef Jeff

    I registered for the mailing list. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/vlstanford Ginny Stanford

    I like a lot of whipped cream and a shot of almond and vanilla!!!!

  • Laura Gambee

    Whipped cream