Homemade Hot Chocolate

Now that it’s getting colder there are three things I love to make!

#1:  Homemade soups, stews, and chili! Nothing better then curling up on the couch on a cold day with a movie and a homemade bowl of yummyness!

#2 Fresh baked goodies! I love how the oven warms up your home on those cold days and how the scents make your home smell so good!

and

#3: Hot drinks! Normally I make tea or packaged hot cocoa but I remember making homemade cocoa with my mom when I was young. So I decided to make my own!

The pin:

http://simple-nourished-living.com/2011/02/hot-chocolate-recipe/

 

Ingredients:

Ingredients

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/3 cup hot water

3/4 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups milk

dash of salt (optional)

Mix sugar, water, and cocoa in a saucepan and cook until boiling, make sure to stir constantly! After mixture comes to a boil continue to stir it and let it boil for 2 minutes.

Cocoa, water, and sugar boiling.

Cocoa, water, and sugar boiling.

After the two minutes is up add the 4 cups milk and heat to desired temperature. But DO NOT let it boil!

Milk added

Milk added

Once it is at the temperature you like remove from heat, add vanilla and whisk until foamy. Top with whipped cream, marshmallows or whatever you like!

Tips from me

#1 I had a few snack sized Hershey’s chocolate bars laying around so I had Alison, my daughter, chop them up into bits. Then we sprinkled a little in the bottom of our mugs before adding the hot chocolate. The we stirred it up and wow it added just a little something extra to the already amazing drink! You can also add the grated up chocolate to the sauce pan instead of putting it in your cups like we did!

Secret ingredient!

Secret ingredient!

Ready to drink!

Ready to drink!

 

Everyone loved this drink and we all agreed that this was WAY better then the packaged mixes! It was so tasty we didn’t have any leftovers! This is my new favorite fall/winter drink and it wasn’t any harder then making packaged mix! Alison couldn’t get enough of it, as shown below, and wants to know when we’ll be making more!

Yummy!!

Yummy!!

Happy Pinning!

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Copycat Starbucks Chai Tea Latte

OK tonight I was going to post about homemade pop tarts but as I was making them I realized it was a 2 day process! I got half of it done and the rest will be completed tomorrow morning. I am documenting everything so I can make a big post about it tomorrow! Well that left tonight with nothing to post until I saw at the very bottom of my cooking board a tiny pin from when I started pinning a year ago.

The Pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/72057662758213519/

I am a HUGE fan of Starbucks Chai Tea Latte (nonfat, no water, with  toffee nut flavoring…or pumpkin in the fall please! 😉 ). But it got to the point where I was an unemployed, single mother who went to school full time. I had no money and no time for my Starbucks fix…until I got the idea of making it at home. I didn’t know if it was possible so I asked the Barista at a Starbucks in Target and she told me to buy the Tazo Chai Tea Concentrate and mix equal amounts milk and concentrate. I asked how to incorporate the flavoring and she said buy some syrup, like Torani, and add it in. Well I tried this and yuck!! Then i got the idea to use flavored coffee creamer! So I tinkered with my recipe and I came up with this:

3/4 cup Tazo Chai Tea Concentrate

1/4 cup flavored creamer

1/2 cup milk

Ingredients

Ingredients

Mix well in either a saucepan or a glass measuring cup. If you used a saucepan then heat on the stove until it is your preferred temperature. If you used a glass measuring cup place in microwave and heat until desired temperature.

Ready to heat!

Ready to heat!

Once hot pour in mug and enjoy!

Ready to drink!

Ready to drink!

Tips from me:

#1 I do the 3/4 cup since it fills my standard size coffee cups, I used a bigger one this time since it was clear and easier to see when photographed. If you use a bigger cup increase the ingredients to 1 cup mix, 3/4 cup milk, and 1/4 creamer.

#2 I do not have a way to steam milk like they do at Starbucks so this will taste slightly different then theirs. But it’s close enough to give me my fix without paying $5 a cup!

Now that I have a better paying job I do on occasion splurge at Starbucks but this gets me by! It also has helped since I moved out a big city for work to a small town and the nearest Starbucks in about an hour away!

 

Happy Pinning!