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Yes, being healthy is important. Yes, I watch what I eat, and drink. Yes, I workout. But, I also think it’s important to live a little, especially during the holidays. Which is when I turn to things like homemade hot chocolate.
You won’t believe how easy it is to make homemade hot chocolate. So easy in fact, you’ll never buy hot chocolate mix premade from the store again! Yeah, that’s a bold statement, but when you see how easy it is, and how you control exactly what is going in it, you’ll happily make a batch to last you the season and never look back.
I don’t know why I always assumed homemade hot chocolate would be difficult. Our engagement party it coming up and since it’s over the holidays, I thought it would be fun to have a hot chocolate bar. And, so I started looking into homemade hot chocolate, and I was so surprised how easy and delicious it is to make!
The base homemade hot chocolate recipe is just for a truly good, and plain hot cocoa. Then I love bringing an essential oil into a drink to jazz it up without a whole lot of additional work. For this peppermint essential oil drink, simply add a drop of peppermint essential oil into your cup. Yup, it’s that easy. Peppermint is also suggested to aid in digestion so double whammy with that one! I like to get this one from Rocky Mountain Oils. You can get it organic, so I feel better about what I’m putting in my body.
For our party, I plan on having this homemade hot chocolate base out for people, and then letting them build their own hot chocolate. There will be fun toppings, sprinkles, and boozy additions for the adults.
I got this recipe from Mr Alton Brown himself, so you know it’s a keeper!
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2½ cups milk powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Hot water or milk
- 1 drop peppermint essential oil per cup
- Combine powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk powder, salt, and cornstarch.
- You can use immediately, or store in an air tight canister.
- When ready to serve, combine 2 tablespoons of mix with 1 mug of hot water or milk.
- For peppermint hot cocoa, add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil.
If you liked this, check out my easy essential oil cider and real pumpkin latte!