Hot Cocoa

Total Time:
5 min
Prep:
5 min

Yield:
5 1/2 cups dry mix
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • Hot water
Directions
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Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly. In a small pot, heat 4 to 6 cups of water.

Fill your mug half full with the mixture and pour in hot water. Stir to combine. Seal the rest in an airtight container, keeps indefinitely in the pantry. This also works great with warm milk.


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Loved this recipe. I also used Splenda instead of sugar. I think powdered coffee mate would make it a bit creamier. I will definitely be making this again! Love Alton Brown! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. You use cocoa instead chooclate milk drink mix. I did make mine sugar free with splenda and one baatch I added in sugar free vanila creamer. Way good, bery chocolatey and rich. Did use store brand ingrdients except for the cocoa, I did order that online. I thinkregular cocoa would work just as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Meh. I don't care for the obvious taste of powdered milk in this. Made it with water. Maybe it's less noticeable with milk. Wouldn't make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Looking at just about 1/4 cup of mix (about 3 TBS) for 8 oz of water - bit of a benchmark. Water needed to be a little hotter, but pretty rich taste overall. I used dark cocoa for my version. Have to try it with the cayenne next item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wonder how it would taste with the addition of some malted milk powder item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hi, I am about to make this mixture to take to work, but I have no cortnstarch, what can I substitute it for? Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe I just need better quality ingredients, but it was just okay. Not much better than your average grocery-story variety. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is just like the hot chocolate recipe I make -but I add in a cup of mini chocolate chips. item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVED this recipe!! It was perfect. Made it exactly as is, and it's perfect. Not to sweet, not too chocolately, just right. Used 3 1/3 TBSP in my coffee cup with water. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe! Made as a gift to co-workers last year and I still get request for the recipe. I do believe the cayenne pepper makes the difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can't wait to try this. For those who think it's too salty, a teaspoon of kosher salt weighs 5 grams; a teaspoon of table salt weighs 7 grams. Using table salt is 140% of using kosher salt. I'll be using my kosher salt. ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Liked this recipe. Dutch processed cocoa does make a huge difference if you're sensitive to bitter tastes (like I am). Also, try mixing in the food processed (run for about 30 seconds), that seems to get rid of the grittiness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was hesitant after all the conflicting reviews. So I made half a batch. It was better than store bought. I used dutch process cocoa Sbco brand and nonfat dry milk. I always add a splash of cold milk or half and half to cool it down for the kiddos. They loved it and wanted seconds! I did put a pinch of cayenne, which was not overwhelming, but I know it was on the older side. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! My family and I do not like overly sweet foods. So based on my experience with AB's Chocolate Syrup recipe, I halved the amount of sugar. Well, I don't know what happened, but this recipe was too salty. One of two things could've gone wrong. One, I did not balance this out by reducing the amount of salt to sugar ratio. Two, I used sea salt instead of kosher salt. Or....may both. Next time, I will reduce salt content and I'm sure it will be perfect....and maybe add more cayenne. I didn't find it spicy, just warming. And my kids didn't even notice it had cayenne. One DS does not like spicy and he was fine with his cocoa, didn't even notice. This will definitely be on my packing list for our family ski trips....along with a bag of marshmallows. Enjoy :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. The first time I made it, I left out the cayenne pepper. The second time, I put in way too much in. Any suggestions on how to fix it? Very good recipe nonetheless. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 10 year old daughter made this today when we ran out of the packaged stuff and are home with a blizzard outside. it was simple to make and tasted delicious! my 3 year old doesn't usually like hot cocoa but loves this mix! I think I am going to stop buying the packets forever. Thanks Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I grew up with homemade hot chocolate mix, so I wanted to change things up from my mom's recipe. Sorry Mom, but this one wins out! Great flavor and easy to make. Products used are C&H powdered sugar, Lika whey milk, Hodgson Mills corn starch, and Equal Exchange baking chocolate. May try some instant espresso powder in my next batch. Friends thought I purchased the mix rather than making it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hmmm... I was very happy to find a recipe that didn't require powdered coffee creamer. I'm not a fan of all the junk that's in them. I always have powdered milk on hand so I went ahead and put this together. I was happy with the look and consistency of the powder after I put it though a sifter. I gave this as a gift to a friend in a fun little jar. I had some of the mixture left over so I made myself a cup. I must say I'm a little disappointed. This was WAY TOO SALTY! Could have called this "Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate". So, to my personal taste I will add a pinch of salt to the mix next time and up the sugar by about half or even double. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, easy and delicious if you use quality cocoa. My husband would prefer it a little sweeter but I think it is perfect. I added a little cinnamon as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for the recipe I learned in Girl Scouts many years ago. This was close to what I remembered. The addition of the cayenne is genius. Made it as gifts for the grandkids [ages 1 through 17] - including the cayenne - they thought it was the best ever. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this and it turned out great. I made very slight modifications: like others, I left out the cayenne. I also used a tiny bit less salt (between 3/4-1 tsp total) and about 1/4 cup more sugar. I put everything through a fine-mesh sieve before mixing together, (clump- and grain-free!) and used hot water instead of milk. These are the brands that I used: Peak whole-milk powder, (Amazon.com); Cacao di Pernigotti cocoa powder, (Williams Sonoma); and regular fine-crystal sea salt, Domino confectioners sugar, and Argo cornstarch. If you plan to add marshmallows, whipped cream, or something else sweet or flavored; or if you plan to gift it with some small bottles of Bailey's or peppermint Schnapps that some other reviewers mentioned, then the original recipe would probably work just fine as a base to "build" on. Hope this helps! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely DREAMY! Used the Nestle "Nida" powdered milk as suggested by another reviewer and, oh my gosh....heavenly stuff. I'll never drink the store-bought again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it for gifts last year (along with mini-bottles of Kahlua and peppermint liqueur) and got requests to make it again! Dee-lish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this mix tonight, but left out the cayenne because of the kiddos. However, I added a dash to the cup I made for myself. This is a winner! Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make mine by the cup and it is delicious. 5t sugar, 1 t cocoa, dash of cinnamon, few drops of vanilla. Then using half and half or heavy whipping cream I pour just enough in to turn that into a paste. Then slowly add more while string to thin it down but not fill the cup. Fill the rest of the cup with black coffee. It's to die for. I don't know how coffee make chocolate taste better but it does. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is delicious, I upped the cayenne and added cinnamon for a more mexican chocolate taste and everyone loves it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm confused as to why so many people are saying this is salty. It's only 1tsp for the entire batch, not for one cup. I think some people are adding one tsp for each cup of hot cocoa. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Have used this for years, always good 1 cups non-dairy creamer 11/2 cups sugar 3/4 cup unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa 11/2 cup non-fat dry milk (powdered) Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in jar or air tight container. To serve: to 0ne cup hot water add 3-4 heaping teaspoons. Enjoy! Spiced Cocoa mix add: 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1tablespoon grated orange peel (optional 1 cups non-dairy creamer 11/2 cups sugar 3/4 cup unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa 11/2 cup non-fat dry milk (powdered) Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in jar or air tight container. To serve: to 0ne cup hot water add 3-4 heaping teaspoons. Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with the cayenne pepper and, after one attempted cup, had to throw it away, it was dreadful. I don't care a bit how much the Aztecs liked their chocolate spicy. It was horrible. I'll make it again, but with out the cayenne pepper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Help, please. I was so looking forward to making this hot cocoa and it turned out awful. I threw out the entire batch. I followed the directions as listed, except I didn't add the cayenne pepper. I used Whole Foods Organic Powdered Sugar, Hershey's Cocoa (had it on hand), Carnation nonfat dry milk, salt, and cornstarch. I was conscious of using the directed amounts. The end taste was awful. Tasted salty, and had a strange aroma, not at all like hot cocoa. I came back to the site and compared the recipe again and viewed the video. What did I do wrong? Can someone who's had success share their brand of ingredients? I'll take ownership of messing this up, just want to know where I went wrong. Thanks very much. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When making this, be sure and use the Nido brand powdered milk (in the Latin food section in most grocers) instead of the low-fat, store brand junk. It makes a HUGE difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really liked the flavor of the cocoa. I added just a teaspoon of instant coffee to heighten the cocoa flavor. I also sifted my PS and cocoa to avoid clumps a grainy texture. The mix was smooth when I made my cups. I was disappointed that my batch came out really salty (hence the -1 star). Next time, I'm going to use less salt or none at all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did anyone else's come out kind of grainy toward the end of the cup? Not sure what I did wrong. I think it might have been the non fat milk powder by Carnation? BTW- You are so right about using good cocoa! It makes a real difference! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best mix ever. I use 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon instead of the cayenne and substitute 1 cup powdered coffee creamer for 1 cup of the powdered milk. I also use a powdered sugar substitute since I'm diabetic. Makes my morning coffee absolutely wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Do you use sweetened or unsweetened cocoa? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Questions? I like using milk or soy milk for my hot cocoa instead of water. Will this be just as good or do i need to adjust the powder milk. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I believe the purpose of the cornstarch is to keep the mix dry and stop clumping. Cornstarch can absorb a huge amount of moisture without getting sticky or clumping. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What is the purpose of the corn starch? item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made it as the recipe suggested and wow, this is the best. I will never buy store mixes again. I didn't like them anyway. We did put it in the food processor as the powdered milk wasn't completely dissolving the first time we used it. We poured a little bit of heavy whipping cream in to it as well and it was divine. I also tried a cup with some raspberry flavor and it was good but I'd rather have it without it. I will be packaging this up for Christmas gifts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My son and I just made this. It is really good, really easy, and we will certainly make it often!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's not sweet enough. After reading some of the other reviews, I was worried it would be too sweet, but I followed the recipe anyways. I had to more than double the sugar to get it to my liking. However, I did use regular cocoa powder. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! Me and my daughter just made this together. We just sprinkled some cayenne and a bit of cinnamon over it instead of adding the full amount of cayenne. Added about 4-5 tablespoons per cup and it was rich and delicious. We used whole milk instead of water and put marshmallows on top.... YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Makes a great gift, especially as part of a gift basket, especially as a housewarming, hostess, or holiday gift when you don't want to spend a lot but just give something special. I gave mini mason jars to friends and family one year, and kept a nice supply for myself. My favorite way to enjoy is just to add a spoonful to my regular coffee with a little extra milk. Makes it extra special. No item not reviewed by moderator and published
AB comes up with the most interesting ideas. I tweeked this a bit. The dry milk was in granules instead of a powder. I put the 5 cups (double recipe through the food processor to give the resulting mix a more powder consistency throughout. Ends up looking just like the SM brand but way better for me. Does that mean I can drink this stuff all day? PS. A tablespoon of the mix is GREAT on top of ice cream item not reviewed by moderator and published
3 years ago I was looking for a recipe to make my own hot chocolate and tried this one and loved it. Can't drink store bought now even if "premium". I don't add the cayenne pepper because of having small children, but will sometimes add my own Irish Cream syrup, Redi Whip, or even coffee creamer. Love it! And, at least you know what ingredients are in it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This stuff is great. I'm not sure what changed from the last time I made this and rated it a year ago, but my opinion of it has gone up immensely. I would highly recommend putting all the ingredients in a food processor or blender to minimize clumps. Also fantastic with a blob of marshmallow fluff. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nothing special. I followed this recipe exactly. It tastes like a powdered hot cocoa mix that comes in a paper pouch, pre-made. Tastes a bit artificial, bland, and watery. Maybe it would taste better with milk, not sure. But that would miss the whole point of using the powdered milk. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the cocoa mix exactly like daniellenew made it. I always use Hershey's special dark cocoa for all of my chocolate needs and always make hot cocoa with whole milk. This was absolutely delicious. I saw Danielle's review too late but next time I will put a little cinnamon into it. Try a little Bailey's Irish cream with this too - awesome!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is 5 stars with a few alterations so I marked it 4. I left out the powdered milk, used Hershey special dark cocoa powder, added a pinch of high quality cinnamon per serving (added it straight to the cup but will add to mix next time and then made it with whole milk. I used 6T of mix per approx 12oz of milk. 4 is ok, 6 is very good and I think anything over that would be overbearing item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe a few weeks ago after searching for a cocoa recipe with high marks. Today we had our first snow of the season, so I mixed up a batch for the family after some brisk outdoor play. I did not have cornstarch, but other than that missing ingredient, I followed recipe exactly. We found the recipe very tasty and not overly sweet, which I like. The cups I made were a little rich, which can easily be adjusted with a little more water. We could not taste the cayenne pepper while drinking, however there was a slight "warmth" that I could feel/taste after drinking...it was really delicious...perfect for out tastes! Everyone gave this recipe two thumbs up! Curious to know if it would be okay to continue to make this without the cornstarch or if it serves a particular purpose? item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's delicious! cocoa is perfect for cold weather. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for Christmas breakfast ahead of time. It's delicious! Can't wait for tomorrow! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm so addicted to this. I've been using this cocoa recipe for over a month. I'm drinking some now as I make this review. I'm going to make this cocoa mix and gift my upstairs neighbors a large jar full of it for Christmas. Thank you, Alton. And Alton's video is very informative. I find the history behind the use of cayenne in hot cocoa intriguing. And ultimately, the fact that this is healthy is a big pus. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Watched the video. There he suggests 1/3 mix to 2/3 water. That was plenty strong. Very tasty mix, and the cayenne is a GREAT touch! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Left out the cayenne. Also the 1:1 ratio of mix to water is a bit strong. Otherwise not a bad recipe. It does make a good base to add other things to it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you make this recipe as written it is not good! In fact, I tried to improve it but gave up and made my own mix for gifts. Would have expected something wonderful from Alton Brown. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A nice base to use for hot cocoa gifts. Use the best cocoa you can find. Then I mix it up by adding different things, like crushed candy canes for peppermint cocoa, chocolate chips or white chocolate chips, or blue and white m&ms for Chanukah gifts. Have fun with it item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was so disappointed in this recipe. The cayenne ruined it for me completely. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So much better than the store-bought stuff! I left out the cayenne because of picky eaters, but have had cayenne in hot chocolate plenty of times and it is tasty! Plus, I added some homemade peppermint marshmallows (also Alton's recipe but with half the vanilla and 1 tsp of peppermint extract. Wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best chocolate mix I've ever tried - everything is perfect;y blended. When I give it as a gift, I include the receipe. Everyone has been surprised by how much they enjoy the taste and thanked me for including the receipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The cayenne really adds some nice richness to this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Exactly what I wanted. Something healthier to serve my kids all winter when they come inside from playing and yell, "I need hot cocoa!". The store bought mixes are either tasteless or made from ingredients that are better left to the 'once in a while' category of beverages. Thank-you, once again Food Network. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This a good quick and easy recipe and keep very well. I will say for all of those that don't plan on using the whole batch right away I would dose in out one hefty tablespoon scoop to every 6oz but play around to fit your needs best. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I heard about this recipe, I had to try it. The last time I drank a hot coca mix, it did not agree with me. I found out it had a mixture of sucralose and corn syrup solids. The first time I tried this recipe, I used what I had on hand which was most of the ingredients, but I only had non-fat powdered milk and organic sugar that was very fine. The results were disappointing. Adding some milk helped. I later found some powered whole milk online and got more dutch coca in the process and powered sugar. I decided to add some malted milk powder. I like the flavor, but I don't see it used much so I used some of that in place of the whole milk powder. When I added hot water, the results were amazing! I love this recipe now! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe and put it into jars for a school bake sale. To fill ten 12 oz. jars, I had to make the recipe three times. I used grocery store cocoa but then added about 1/4 cup of high quality (Penzeys cocoa which helped greatly. The additional cocoa improved the chocolate flavor and masked the slightly odd taste of the powdered milk. Other than that, I made no other modifications. As recommended I purchased the Nido milk, using an entire 28 oz can of the powdered milk to finish the triple batch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always do this and was happy to see the recipe Thank you. For those health conscious people and who drink 2-3 times a day like me (as I do not drink tea or coffee... add more corn flour and pinch of tapioca flour as well .. the addition of flour will lessen the bitterness of cocoa and you can reduce the sugar !! Now how much you add more of flour and less of sugar.. it depends on your taste buds... Any other ideas please welcome .. And thanks Alton Brown for bringing this recipe public .. I tried seeing the ingredients of commercial hot chocolate and translated them to natural products.. By the way salt is used to ensure powder is forming lumps with liquid... commercial product uses variety of other sources for getting that secret property but salt should do and it is healthier than those chemicals .. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried making this with splenda, which worked pretty well, although next time I'll cut back on it because it was a little too sweet for me. I also used the nonfat dry milk because i couldn't find the whole dried milk. I didn't find that it had a weird flavor like a lot of reviewers said, but I think it would be better with the whole milk. Next time I think I'll add a little more cocoa, too. Really easy to make and worth the effort, although don't be afraid to tinker with the amounts for your own taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my "go to" hot cocoa recipe. Droste cocoa is the secret. I also omit the cayenne and use cinnamon instead. I even make batches to give at Christmas, with a cute mug and airplane sizes of pepermint schnapps. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Omit the cayenne pepper. It totally makes you gag when you gulp the last swig and you get a grain stuck to your tonsil. I found that the cayenne does not dissolve, and I only used the tiniest partial pinch of the Spice Island brand powder in a whole recipe. I also found that even the Nido powdered milk brand still had a funny taste unless you mixed up the cocoa in a mug with regular milk. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I use the whole powdered milk made by Nestle called Nido. I found it in our Mexican grocery. The trick to get rid of the powdered milk taste is to whip the hot chocolate. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh, yeah. Good stuff! I still can't find dutch process cocoa where I live so I used regular cocoa power (dark chocolate and it was just fine. I noticed Wal-mart sells little containers of the Kraft jet puffed marshmallow bits (dried, like you get in a packaged hot cocoa mix. I added it to my hot cocoa gift bags and it looks great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Warms up our winter morning perfectly. My choco-a-holic husband and daughter love it so much, and that means a lot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The first time I made this it was gross...it turned out my powdered milk's best by date was more than a year ago. Pfft. ; Bought more powdered milk, made it again, and its amazing. I did use Dutch cocoa, as I buy it by the bucket now because of Alton Brown (I'm not kidding. It comes in buckets. Check cake supply stores. I omitted the cayenne from the main jar of mix because I live with a picky eater, but I add a teeny pinch to my own mug. It does not make it "spicy" it just brings out the flavor of the chocolate. Don't be afraid to try it! (A *tiny* pinch, mind you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This hot Cocoa recipe was delish!Perfect for the holidays. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will admit, I was a little nervous since this got a couple really bad reviews...but I don't understand why. I was even forced to use non fat dry milk because I live in a city that has very little in the way of decent grocery stores. Still, it was fabulous--chocolatey, not too sweet goodness. Alton's never done me wrong. Love him! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has got to be the best hot cocoa I have ever had. I emitted the cayenne pepper as that is one thing currently not in the pantry, it is WONDERFUL. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been looking for the best hot chocolate recipe for YEARS and I have finally found it! I LOVE IT! It is sooooo delicious and creamy. It tastes like what I think the hot chocolate would have tasted like on the Polar Express as described in the book. One thing i would say though is that i did not have any powdered milk when making this and it still turned out great, so don't be discouraged if you are in my predicament and feel that you have to keep scouring the internet for another recipe. STOP HERE BECAUSE YOU HAVE FOUND PERFECTION SO MAKE IT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best hot cocoa I've ever had. Always try to go for a dark powdered chocolate for a deeper flavor and use warm milk for a double dairy explosion! And a good pinch of cayenne to every cup I make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was okay. Has a little strange flavor, maybe the powder milk. My kids seem to really like it though, so that's good enough for me. Next time I will try to use a better quality cocoa and see if that helps. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was alright, not the best I've tasted. It had an odd after taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Incredible recipe,taste as my mom use to do it. Definitely a keeper in my recipe vault. I was a little skeptical with the dry milk and the cayenne but not anymore. I recommend this recipe 100% item not reviewed by moderator and published
All things being equal, everyone will tweek something when it comes to another's recipe. We tried it as written, and we really, REALLY liked it! However, as one person pointed out, you can smell the dried milk (we also used the NIDO, which created a little problem for one of mine who is "smell sensitive" re: chemo. So I added a 1/4 up of (dare I say it! coffee creamer (Hazelnut to be exact . . . it's not enough to really add flavor . . . it actually blends in quite nicely! BUT . . . it helps camoflauge(sp the smell of the dried milk. Problem solved! And we taste-tested it several ways re: "mocha", marshmallows, and Christmas versions . . . added a little more chocolate . . . added a little less chocolate . . . we simply love this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great taist and easy to do! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous! I used the NIDO milk as recommended by other reviewers and left out the pepper due to my kids being the primary consumers of this mix. Further, not only does it taste like old-school hot chocolate, not chemical laden packets, but it's a real money saver. Even with spending the extra money on the Nido milk (which I found in the Mexican food section of my local Kroger, I calculated that it's $.03 per 6oz serving (what a packet makes. When using the mix, I use 1TB mix for every 2OZ of water. YUMM! This cocoa is so much better than any recipe I've tried with the coffee creamer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If your used to packaged hot cocoa, this is much different. I found this recipe to need a lot of doctoring. I did find WHOLE powdered milk, that was horribly expensive. Spent $19 for a #10 can (not 10 lbs I had to double the sugar and chocolate to get it to be chocolatey. I also feel like it tasted too much like powdered milk. I will make it again, but only because i have to use up the $19 i spent on the powdered milk. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Genius recipe! I will STRONGLY advise that before you start omitting the cayenne pepper that you try it first. Cayenne is a fruit that does have a unique fruity flavor that is usually completely covered by the heat, but in this case (in in a few cajun and creole recipes I know the heat is almost completely neutralized by the milk thereby allowing the fruitiness to come through. Also use just a pinch Other than that, make sure you use the correct ingredients (whole powdered milk-it doesn't say fat free and the correct amounts. For all my preaching about not changing anything. I think using a milk and cream mixture is just as good as powdered milk and cornstarch. Do NOT, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, use coffee creamer! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome Recipe! Would make for great gift giving! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe ....Mazak it is called a Molinillo =] item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can anyone tell me what the name of the tool was that Alton used when he made the chocolate slurry? I think it was in this recipe, but perhaps it was the chocolate milk. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this mix. I use Valrhona cocoa powder (a high quality Dutch cocoa and Nida whole milk powder (a Mexican product found in many Wal-marts and Targets here in the West. I add cinnamon and up the cayenne a bit 'cause I like it spicey. I find the sweetness and creamy texture (from the whole milk to be just perfect for the cocoa powder I use. If your mix tastes bland or bitter, you either forgot the salt in the recipe or you need to find a better cocoa powder. If you don’t care for non-fat dry milk powder (I don’t, you just might like the whole milk powder. It smells like sweet cream. Also, you can’t substitute granulated sugar for powdered sugar here. Not only will your hot cocoa have a grainy texture, but it’ll be too sweet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. I make it for myself and as a present for friends and family. It's still delicious without the cayenne, for those who are especially spice-sensitive. Here's the secret, in my opinion: Go to your closest store that stocks Latin American foods and get Nido powdered milk. It's powdered *whole* milk and tastes much better than the usual powdered non-fat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really, really outstanding. The addition of cornstarch is brilliant. I have, however, discovered a few things. If use my grocery store's (i.e., cheap) powdered milk, I have to use more than the recipe calls for or the cocoa powder is overwhelming. But, if I'm able to find a higher quality powdered milk, I use less than the recipe calls for. Also, I've added a teeeeny pat of butter to the hot water to make up for the lack of fat in the powdered milk. Ginger is awesome with the cayenne, too. A fabulous recipe. Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy to make, my first mug tastes good although a bit too rich for me (who knew something could be too chocolatey? Next mug will be less mix with my hot water, maybe tempered with Bailey's as it as after 5pm! All in all, yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe! I can't stand other store-bought hot cocoa recipes anymore. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best cocoa mix! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This mix has great flavor. The cornstarch, as others have said, helps to thicken it just enough. I used a combination of cocoa from Penzey's and Special Dark Cocoa. Very rich and very tasty. I didn't think that I put much cayenne powder in it, but I will be sure that I only use a small pinch next time as I can taste the pepper on my tongue just a bit. I think that I will fix another mug of it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did not like this recipe. Although the cornstarch was a good idea and gave you the affect of drinking something warm and thick, you could really smell the stench of the NFDM, a smell I cannot stand..... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love love love this. The one alteration that I do is to add 1 teaspoon of Vietnamese Saigon Cinnamon and sometimes a shot of peppermint schnapps. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is a wonderful recipe. I have used several different mixes, but found that thisi s the best. item not reviewed by moderator and published
awesome hot cocoa...however...the recipe says to fill mug half way with mix...the good eats show said to fill mug 1/3 with dry mix. And please people when you write a review...review the recipe the way its written....too many people change the recipe with substitutions or additions then say it was terrible..Hello duh ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Leave out the powdered milk and mix it into hot milk. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We do the same we love this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just fyi, in the video he specifically says not to use kosher salt in this recipe. You could always just use less table salt. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used Trader Joes Cocoa and NIDO Whole Milk Powder. Nido is widely available in stores catering to Latin Americans. Another excellent brand is KLIMT. I get this in Asian Supermarkets. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quit using terms of measurement like "way too much" if you really want help with a recipe. Was "way too much" the result of using more than a pinch of cayenne? That stuff is powerful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks so much for sharing your ingredients. I'm going to give it another try. item not reviewed by moderator and published
But how was THIS recipe? Why only three stars? If you want to share your own recipes, write a blog, but if you are supposed to be reviewing someone else's recipe, do it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
lol...agree w momde2boys. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hi Matthew. I can understand your suggestion that too much salt was added; however, I was mindful of adding just one teaspoon to the entire batch. My thought was that possibly the ingredients I used had some kind of additive(s) that could have caused the nasty taste. I'm dumbfounded because it's such a simple recipe, just assembling ingredients, really. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It also might be the kind of salt they are using, maybe? If I recall correctly, Alton typically prefers to use Kosher salt in his recipes (as do I). Kosher salt is a larger grained salt than regular table salt, so a teaspoon of kosher salt will actually contain less salt by weight than a teaspoon of regular table salt. Maybe the problem is that people are using table salt. Just a thought ... item not reviewed by moderator and published
That's a good thought, Rachel. I will keep that in mind. Thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
In the video he says to use table salt, not kosher salt in this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
But how was THIS recipe? Why only two stars? If you want to share your own recipes, write a blog, but if you are supposed to be reviewing someone else's recipe, do it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Lighten up! Most people enjoy reading other people's thoughts. Try drinking green tea. item not reviewed by moderator and published
gmyers228_1691726, ya....but this reviewer gave AB's recipe 2 stars and no comments on whether she actually even tried this recipe.....I'm not here to read other people's recipes, I want to know about the one that is actually posted. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this using whole-fat-milk powder, and it turned out awesome. You know how skim milk has a slightly sour taste and smell? I'm guessing if you made this with skim milk powder and mixed the result with hot water instead of hot milk, it would probably have that same characteristic; or, it could have turned out poorly simply due to the lack of fat. If you took your mix and mixed it with hot milk, that could help. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sorry, just saw that you asked for the brands. I used Domino confectioners sugar, Peak whole milk powder, Cacao di Pernigotti unsweetened cocoa powder (dutch processed - purchased from Williams Sonoma), Wegman's brand fine-crystal sea salt, and Argo corn starch. I put everything through a fine mesh strainer before mixing it together. The milk and cocoa powders were costly brands but I had some old gift cards to use up - otherwise I'd have used the same as you did! Hope this helps :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
When a recipe calls for "cocoa" it is always unsweetened. The only "sweetened" cocoa is hot chocolate mix. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ghiradelli sells a sweetened & unsweeted cocoa powder, which is different than the hot cocoa mix. the sweetened tells you how to substitute it on the back. item not reviewed by moderator and published
IMO...it will make it better....it will make it a bit creamier. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you are always going to use milk to make it, I would leave out the powdered milk altogether. If you might use water sometimes, I would leave it in. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Agree, don't like store brand cocoa mixes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would guess the cornstarch thickens the hot cocoa a bit. Another reviewer might have been onto something when they said it might keep the mix from clumping. I know this for sure: alton brown never adds an ingredient without a purpose. Other chefs, yes, but not Alton Brown. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Penzeys carries the dutch process. Wonderful stuff as are all their products item not reviewed by moderator and published

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