Monday, December 6, 2010

Homemade Cocoa, a Fun Holiday Gift Project To Make with Children!

Kieran (who's our favorite Modern as she's responsible for our existence), has kindly shared with us a charming treat to give to the neighbors and teachers at Christmas. She's made this with the children since they were very small--because it's so diverting to dump the ingredients into a large bowl, stir with a large wooden spoon, and then scoop the custom-made cocoa into cellophane treat bags!

1 package (25.6 oz) nonfat dry milk powder
6 cups miniature marshmallows
1 container (16 oz.) instant cocoa mix for milk (such as Ghirardelli's Premium Hot Cocoa Mix "Double Chocolate"--or Archer Farms brand at Target, which is only 12 oz, so buy more)
1 jar malted milk powder--if you've never seen it before, it's white powder in a glass jar found right next to the Nestle's Quick chocolate milk powder on your grocery store shelf
1 cup sifted confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt 

In an enormous bowl (Kieran actually uses her roasting pan), combine dry milk, marshmallows, cocoa mix, malted milk powder, confectioners sugar, creamer, and salt; stir until well blended. Store in airtight container in a cool place. Give with serving instructions.

Yield: about 20 cups mix (10 gifts)

To serve: Pour 6 ounces hot water over 1/3 cup cocoa mix; stir until well-blended.

Recipe originated in It's In the Bag! Tasty Gifts in Crafty Sacks, published by Leisure Arts, Inc., 1997.

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