Make delicious gourmet Hot Chocolate Mix. Also perfect for making homemade hot cocoa gifts.
In a large bowl whisk together powdered sugar(2 cups), dry powdered milk(3 cups), unsweetened natural cocoa powder(1 cup and 1/2 cup), corn starch(2 tbsp), salt(1/4 tsp) and vanilla bean sugar(2 tbsp). Stir till well combined.
If using ground ginger (2 tbsp) or cayenne pepper(1/4 to 1/2 tsp) add it to the bowl.
Process dry mix in a food processor for 30 seconds until powdered. Alternatively sift mixture and stir well one more time to make sure all is combined well.
Finely chop dark chocolate(8oz/226grams) and white chocolate(8oz/226grams) using a serrated knife.
Pour finely chopped chocolate into the dry mix and stir well till combined.
Store homemade hot chocolate mix in an airtight container in a pantry, away from a direct sunlight for up to a year.
Trace a snowflake shape onto a piece of paper. You can either use cookie cutter or print a shape, or draw it. Be sure to make snowflakes slightly smaller than the mouth on the mugs you are using. Place a piece of wax paper over the template. And have more wax paper squares handy.
Pour about 1 cup and 1 /2 cup of White Chocolate Disk into a microwave safe bowl. Melt chocolate following instructions on the packaging. Pour melted chocolate into a piping bag. Tie the bag.
Cut a tip of the piping bag with scissors. Outline and flood the snowflake with chocolate. Gently shift the wax paper to smooth out the chocolate. Carefully slide the wax paper with freshly piped snowflakes onto a flat tray. Sprinkle crushed candy canes and/or micro marshmallows over the chocolate snowflakes. Transfer to a fridge and let chocolate harden, for about 15 minutes.
Once chocolate is set peel off the wax paper. Store chocolate snowflakes layered between pieces of parchment, flat in an airtight container in a cool dry place until ready to use.
In a mug measure Hot Chocolate Mix (1/4cup), pour over hot milk(1 cup). Stir well. Add toppings : mini marshmallows, crushed candy canes, snowflake chocolate decorations.
This mix will last for at least a year.
I used Carnation Non Fat Dry Milk.
Use a good quality white and dark chocolate. I used 2 bars or Baker's White Chocolate and 2 bars Semi Sweet Chocolate (56%cacao). Each bar is 4oz.(113grams)