Hot Cocoa Mix and Cookbook Giveaway

by Maggie Battista on November 27, 2012

in All Recipes, Authors, Desserts, Food Gifts, Holiday

The Eat Boutique Holiday Market is right around the corner. My head is swimming with all the little bits left to coordinate, but once it comes and goes and our bellies are full of small batch goodness and our gift lists are complete with indie maker products, I plan to take Tara’s advice and relax with a hot cup of my very own home-blended cocoa. –Maggie

I love a good homemade pantry staple. I see it as a game: what can I make instead of buy? There’s a new cookbook on the market for those like me, written by none other than the authority on the best recipes: America’s Test Kitchen.

When starting a large and daunting project like canning homemade tomato sauce, or making a ton of homemade chocolate hazelnut spread to give to friends and family for the holidays, it’s comforting to know that the final product won’t be wasted. The test cooks and editors at America’s Test Kitchen have compiled tried and true recipes that have gone through the ringer: you can count on your preserves to be perfect, every single time.

The DIY Cookbook: Can It, Cure It, Churn It, Brew It covers all of the basics: condiments, jams and jellies, beverages, cheeses, pickles, and meats. From making your own bacon to brewing your own beer, there’s something for everyone, no matter how much or little homesteading you already do. Super easy to follow, each recipe is introduced by an editor or test cook, who then shares step by step photos of the process, followed by the condensed recipe.

As a childhood Swiss Miss addict, I was really excited to try making my own Hot Cocoa Mix. I never thought to try making the creamy chocolate drink of winter weekends myself. But like many of the things in the DIY Cookbook, it was straightforward and simple. As the temperatures dip, I plan to curl up on the sofa with my hands wrapped around a steaming mug of my homemade cocoa, and you can, too.

The recipe is below for you to enjoy. With mug of hot cocoa in hand, why not enter our giveaway to win a free copy of The America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook? There are FOUR ways to enter to win. Try all FOUR!

1) Enter once by leaving a comment on this post answering this question: Do you top your steaming mug of hot cocoa with: whipped cream, marshmallows, both, nothing at all or something else?

2) Enter again by following @eatboutique on Twitter and tweeting: I entered to win @testkitchen cookbook. They’ll be participating @eatboutique Holiday Market on 12/9! More here:

3) Enter a third time by “liking” Eat Boutique on Facebook and leaving a comment on the post that showcases this blog post.

4) Enter a fourth time by subscribing to the Eat Boutique email list at the very end of this post or in the right hand column and leave a message here to say that you did!

All entries must be made by Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11:59pm, and a winner will be chosen and notified by Monday, December 3, 2012. We can only ship to US residents. There’s not much time so leave your comment now!

(While America’s Test Kitchen has paid to participate in the December 9 Holiday Market, the taste-testing, cookbook review and food opinions expressed above are those of Tara Bellucci and the Eat Boutique team.)

Hot Cocoa Mix from The America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook

Makes 8 cups


  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups Dutch-processed cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Working in 2 batches, process mixture in food processor until chocolate chips are ground fine and well incorporated into cocoa mix, about 1 minute. Hot cocoa mix can be stored in airtight container for up to 3 months.
  3. To make hot cocoa: Heat 1 cup of milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until steaming, 3-5 minutes. Whisk in ⅓ cup mix until well dissolved. Pour into mug and top with whipped cream or marshmallows.

All photos styled and taken by Tara Bellucci.

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Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. You may pre-order now.

  • Rachel

    I like my hot cocoa like I like my hot fudge sundaes…lots and lots of marshmallow!

  • Juliana Hardymon

    This looks delicious – I’ve never made my own hot chocolate mix before. I do always top mine with homemade whipped cream. :)

  • Armando Gonzalez

    Love my hot cocoa with a marshmallow and some peppermight schnapps!

  • Heather

    My cocoa is plain jane, nothing added.

  • Armando Gonzalez

    Just signed up for the mailing list too!

  • Heather

    Tweeted the giveaway.

  • Lena Damiano

    Marshmallow Fluff, if I have it. If not, tons of marshmallows!

  • Meg

    I love Fluff or even regular marshmallows. No whipped cream for me!

  • MEG

    And I’m on the mailing list!

  • MEG

    And I’m on the mailing list!

  • Pam Aghababian

    Peppermint sticks. Or Baileys.

  • Michelle L

    I always like cocoa topped with homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. :)

  • Rachel

    Marshmallows for sure!

  • Juliana

    Homemade whipped cream! Only the best.

  • edenz713

    Peppermint schnapps :)

  • Beth

    whipped cream for sure! and a drizzle of some caramel!

  • George

    Love the cocoa recipe..I like to use a vegetable peeler to make nice long shaving of chocolate shavings
    from a block of dark chocolate

  • George

    Love the cocoa recipe..I like to use a vegetable peeler to make nice long shaving of chocolate shavings
    from a block of dark chocolate

  • Sarah

    Fluff!!! sometimes real marshmallows, but I love the way fluff melts into cocoa

  • Elizabeth White

    I’m a mini-marshmallows kind of girl. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  • Stephanie Robinson

    well I PREFER whipped cream on top but I usually don’t have any or any whipping cream on hand so I just drink it naked!! I like marshmellows on their own or melted in a cereal treat but not so much melty on my hot drink!

  • Rachel

    I subscribed to the email list!

  • Candace

    One word: Fluff. It is sweet, already pretty melty, and absolutely delicious when spooned up with cocoa!

  • Sha

    I top mine with marshmallows and dark chocolate curls- maybe a sprinkle of ground cinnamon :)

    • Sha

      ^ I subscribed to the mailing list :)

  • Erin

    I am of the opinion that hot cocoa should have nothing, and hot chocolate, whipped cream. :)

  • MaryB

    Usually I have it plain but once in a while, whipped cream is a decadent treat.

  • MaryB

    I subscribe to the mailing list.

  • Anastasia

    I usually top my hot cocoa with a little fresh grated nutmeg – this works even better with whipped cream — but even the nutmeg alone is festive and ritualistic! I subscribe to the mailing list please let me win!

  • Megan Esqueda

    I love topping my hot cocoa with fresh whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and a shake of cayenne pepper!

  • Carly

    Around the holidays I prefer stirring a candy cane straight into my hot cocoa. And evvvery once in awhile I’ll mix hot cocoa with my morning coffee to start the day out right :) (Guess that’s not so much what I put on top as what I put inside, but hope it still counts!)

  • Suzy Berryman

    Marshmallows are the only way to go! And lots of them =)

  • Suzy Berryman

    I just posted on your FB wall =)

  • Suzy Berryman

    Just signed up for your emails =)

  • KarenT

    My favorite way to top hot cocoa is with Whipped Cream, White chocolate shavings, Chocolate syrup, and a Small Dark Chocolate stick

  • porkcracklins

    Naked hot chocolate. No need to dirty it up with anything else.

  • Luvnspooonfulll

    Luv luv luv hot chocolate with mini marshmallows

  • Kathy

    As many marshmallows as will fit!

  • Margaret

    Marshmallows or whipped cream or both!!

  • Margaret

    I follow on Twitter and tweeeeted the giveaway.

  • Margaret

    I liked EatBoutique on FB. and left a post

  • Julie

    I top my cocoa with mini marshmallows. Yum!

  • Cassie

    I top mine with marshmallows

  • Cassie

    I follow eat boutique on twitter and tweeted the contest

  • Cassie Ducharme

    I subscribe to emails!

  • Kandus

    I I liked it on facebook and left a post I subscribed to the emails and dont top my hot chocolate with anything however when someone sneaks a marshmallow on top yummm

  • Kandus

    I I liked it on facebook and left a post I subscribed to the emails and dont top my hot chocolate with anything however when someone sneaks a marshmallow on top yummm

  • John E.


  • Michelle W.

    Oh, marshmallows are the only way to go. Also, I signed up for the mailing list!

  • Jamie Bass

    Whipped cream and a sprinkling of something of the pumpkin pie spice variety (cloves, nutmeg, allspice, etc.) and/or a touch of cayenne if I really need warming up!

  • Jen K

    I like my hot chocolate NEAT- nothing in it.

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