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Mmmm… My Hot Chocolate Recipe…

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Gosh, after such a positive response to the little Thanksgiving turkey treats, I thought I’d share another holiday favorite around here — our hot chocolate mix.  Now I can’t take credit for the recipe — once again I got this from a post on Scrapbook Addict (http://www.scrappertalk.com/bbs/) — there was a thread there several years ago where people were sharing their favorite hot chocolate recipes.  This one intrigued me for several reasons: it was obviously creamy; I was looking for something I could make in large quantities for gifts that year; how can you not be intrigued by something that you have to mix in a (CLEAN) garbage bag??

So after making this hot chocolate mix as a “gift in a jar” for friends and family for several years now, I’m sharing this recipe with you… but only because, you know, you’re my friend.  ; )  Please do let me know what you think of it after you’ve made it yourself!

Homemade Hot Chocolate
Original Source: Theresa in NC from scrapbookaddict.com
Serves: a LOT!

The measurements on this were imprecise (a box of this, a large jar of that) so I’ve tried to give the best guess I can.

  • 1 box powdered sugar (1 lb.)
  • 1 large jar powdered non-dairy creamer (22 oz)
  • 2lbs. Nestle chocolate powder (two containers = 2.54 lbs)
  • Carnation dry milk – enough to make the equivalent of 8 quarts of milk, but don’t add water

Put all the ingredients in a kitchen trash bag, twist and mix by squishing the bag.  Sometimes I sift the ingredients because the creamer and dry milk can be clumpy.  Store in a large tupperware container or put in jars for gifts.  Use 4-6 heaping spoonfuls per mug depending on your sweet tooth and the size of your mug.  Usually I add to water because it is pretty darn creamy, but it can be added to hot milk if you prefer.  For the grownups, sometimes a little bit of Peppermint Schnapps is a nice addition.  If you have whipped cream or marshmallows on hand, sometimes that’s a nice touch too, for those who believe there is no such thing as “too sweet.”

When you put the “heaping spoonfuls” into the mug, it really looks like you are taking up a lot of the mug space, but because a lot of the mix is made up of the dairy ingredients, you will want a larger volume of the powder than when you use a standard mix, this is what my oversized mug looks like before I put in the water. (This is the same mug that is in my profile photo.) 

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I’m certainly not a food photographer, but here’s a shot of it in the mug without whipped cream — this is with just plain water — so you can get a sense of just how creamy this mix is.

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Normally I package in Mason jars, but this year I found these cute jars with flip top lids — much more convenient for easy scooping!  And they are larger so the recipients will get more mix this year.

 

Gosh… my cup is empty.  Time to get a refill.

Can You Dye Doll Hair?

I admit it, the Christmas Crazies have alright hit me.  I’m trying to make sure I have all the “special” gifts taken care of for the kiddos and one of JavaGirl’s special gifts this year includes a Fisher Price Loving Family dollhouse (thank goodness she is too young to read this blog) and that means that she needs the people to go with it.  She believes that all little girls with pigtails are HER — even though she will rarely actually let me PUT her hair into pigtails — so when I saw this daughter doll, I really wanted to get it for her.  However, JavaGirl is a brown-eyed brunette, and apparently in Fisher Price Land, no such girl exists.  Also, much to my chagrin, the big brother doll is a brunette, and JavaGirl’s brother — JavaBoy — is actually a blue-eyed blond.

Now let me explain — I myself am a brown-eyed girl who grew up with weird streaky hair that was light brown with lots of blonde streaks.  I had a blonde mother and a blonde sister (with blue and green eyes respectively) and had zillions of blonde Barbie dolls.  I never did find a doll that looked like me (although oddly enough, my nickname in high school was “Barbie Doll” which I think had to do more with my, um, development than hair color).  Granted, this was not nearly the doll-identity-crisis that girls of other ethnicities face, but it did bother me.   The funny twist of fate on that was that when JavaDad and I got married, I had a hard time finding a cake topper (I wanted the traditional bride and groom type of topper) because by then I had gone to full blonde and JavaDad is dark-haired and apparently the wedding cake topper people think blondes only marry blonds and brunettes marry brunets.  You do not even want to KNOW how many cake toppers I looked at and even bought on eBay until I found just the right one.  (And yes, I did consider painting the heads of some of them to be the right color combination.) 

But I digress…

So tonight, I’m standing there in Wal-Mart, looking at the pig-tailed blonde, wondering if there’s a way to darken her glistening synthetic hair to a light brown closer to JavaGirl’s pretty hair color.  I’m sure there’s no miniature hair salon to send her to.  Real hair dye would probably just slide off and be messy.  I briefly considered painstakingly coloring each strand with a Sharpie marker.  Then I realized how insane that sounded (which naturally made me realize it would be a terrific post). But still… I’ll just float that idea out there in case you have any tips…

I can feel my mother and mother-in-law teasing me from the other side of the screen right about now, so I’d just like to point out that GRANDMA doll has SILVER hair (which they do not)… let’s just see what they think of THAT!  (It looks much grayer in person than in the picture.) 

And don’t even get me started on their sense of fashion.  I’ll save that for another day!

Pictures from Toys R Us website of the Fisher Price Loving Family Figures.