The last time I went grocery shopping was about two weeks ago. Oops. We are getting to the absolute dregs of our pantry. And refrigerator. And freezer. I keep seeing tumbleweeds weave between the ketchup and the hot sauce when I open the fridge to look at the nothingness. Still nothing.
Then, the car broke down. Hurrah! So, I walked the kids to a playground that is close by (we were going to go to a different one, since it was almost freezing and the one within walking distance is in the middle of open farm fields…also known as 20 degrees colder than the rest of the world, no lie). As we were walking home, Little Girl said, “Can we have hot cocoa when we get home, please?”
If you have ever actually heard Little Girl speak, her voice is incredibly sweet. At least, I think it is. She really got me with the “please.” You know that scene in Shrek where Puss in Boots gives him The Eyes? That’s what Little Girl’s polite asking voice is like.
“Little Girl, remember how we have almost no food at home?” There was most certainly nothing resembling milk in the house. “You can have tea instead.” From the one remaining packet of mint tea.
At this point, Little Guy starts yelling “HOT COCOA! HOT COCOA PLEASE!”
(as if he doesn’t talk loud enough as it is.) And Little Girl starts the lawyer business. “But mommy, you know we both love hot cocoa when it’s cold outside. Can’t you figure out a way to make it?”
See what I’m up against? She already knows how to flatter me into action. Well, MacGuyver is my middle name. Or something. Go, go, Google gadget!
Thanks to Frugal Mama – It turns out I did indeed have enough stuff in my pantry to make hot cocoa! (Sort of.)
I only had 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, so I started from there and changed the proportions to suit my purposes. This batch makes about 11 servings if you are an evil mom like me and only put 2 Tbsp of mix in to the kid’s cup. One good thing – there are no weird ingredients in this!
Instant Hot Cocoa Mix
1/4 c Cocoa Powder – mine was partial dutch process, Frugal Mama suggests dutch process. Partial worked fine.
1/2 c Powdered Sugar
1/2 c + 2 Tbsp Nonfat Dried Milk (Frugal Mama says whole dried milk will coagulate)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp corn starch
Whisk ingredients together and store in an airtight container. If you are down to the last 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and want to be totally lazy like me, you can mix the whole lot in the empty cocoa powder container and store it that way. Pour approximately 4 oz hot water over 2 Tbsp dry mix, stir and enjoy!