Hello there, friends. I heard that National Hot Cocoa Day was earlier this month. (Did ya'll know that there's a food holiday everyday? I didn't, but now I'm thinking that a year long celebration is in order!)The husband and I love Abuelita , a spicy maya hot chocolate made by Nestle, but we wanted to make our own version since we're all about making things ourselves. Our masterpiece of a recipe and the way that we made little individual servings to send out to our family follows.
First, the recipe. We like it kinda spicy, but sweet, with a touch of cinnamon. It is highly recommended that this cocoa be served with marshmallows or -- even better -- whipped cream.
elle & gee's mexican hot cocoa
- 4 Tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
- 1 Tablespoon Kaffree Roma
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch chipotle chili pepper
- dash ground cloves (whole or ground)
- smidge nutmeg
- 3 cups milk
Bring milk to a boil over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Whisk in hot cocoa mix until frothy. MMMMMMmmmmm enjoy!
We made a huge batch last night and wanted to make them into little individual packages to send to our families on the cold half of the country. We filled little treat baggies with 3 tablespoons of the hot cocoa mix, folded them over a few times, and then stapled a folded piece of cardstock over the top. The die-cut floral stuff is from a roll of paper ribbon that I found in the wedding aisle at JoAnn Fabrics. Then we wrapped a ribbon around to cover the staples and slapped a sticker on the front and back to keep it in place. The front stickers were printed on sticker paper and cut out using a paper punch. The back stickers we printed the same, but cut by hand.
And then we thought that it might be nice (for those so inclined -- like Garth and my Mom) to include a little extra kick. So we made little packets of chipotle chili pepper and labeled them "for the BRAVE." We used bits of ribbon left over, and the text is handwritten since our printer ink ran out mid-way through the project.
YUUUUUMMMMMmY! This hot cocoa will make you make faces like this:
Happy National Hot Cocoa Day a little late!
Yours in all things warm and snuggly,
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