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: http://bit.ly/ThuiIT

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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.

Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in our new shop. Sign up to be the first to get tickets for the Eat Boutique Holiday Market.

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 writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.

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  • sophia

    with whipped cream!

  • sophia

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  • Meagan

    I wouldn’t say no to a little bit of marshmallow…or whipped cream…or shaved chocolate haha. Thanks for the giveaway

  • Meagan

    I subscribed to the mailing list, too!

  • Karen

    I love this and can not wait to see that cookbook…I love making homemade gifts for the holidays and this book will be perfect and full of great new ideas! thanks for the giveaway! ps. I already follow you and am on the mailing list :) and pss. marshmallows on top, always!

  • Mike

    Marshamallows all the way!

  • Cassie

    I like eat boutique on facebook

  • Gail

    Whipped cream, with some salted caramel. Ideally.

  • Kemberli Paes

    Covered in marshmallows!

  • LostInCheeseland

    When I was a kid it was marshmallows but I learned to pair hot chocolate with rich whipped cream in France because, why not make it a little more decadent?

  • LostInCheeseland

    Already a subscriber! And following on Facebook!

  • sticksnscones

    I top mine with Mocha Whipped Cream!

  • kathyinozarks

    thank you for hot cocoa recipe, I like the chocolate chips in this one. I follow you on twitter

  • kathyinozarks

    love the recipe and would love to win this book thanks for the chance-I always put marshmallows on top of my cocoa

  • kathyinozarks

    I am a subscriber of your site-comes in my inbox-thanks for the chance

  • Julia

    Just subscribed to the mailing list!

  • Susan Ulbrich

    Pinch of salt in cocoa makes all the difference. I like mine with sprinkled nutmeg on top too. No whipped cream unless it’s fresh from the cow!

  • Susan Ulbrich

    Already an Eat Boutique subscriber!

  • Leigh K.

    I used to love fishing around in my mug for those little Swiss Miss marshmallows, but now I’m a fan of real whipped cream if I have it around. Yum!

  • Courtney S.

    I don’t top my cocoa with anything in particular, but I like to play with flavors- a little salt here, cinnamon and cayenne there, cardamom and clove if I’m feeling sassy… :) I’m already an e-mail subscriber!

  • Regina

    I usually like my hot cocoa as is, with nothing on top! But sometimes I do like to put some peppermint extract in there… yum. :) Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Liz Harty

    I usually don’t put anything now, but when I was younger (and had it in the house), I used to top my cocoa with a dollop of Marshmellow Fluff!

  • Laura

    I like it alone, with homemade marshmallows, or with fresh whipped cream. More likely to add flavors directly to the hot chocolate than on top though. I like it with homemade bourbon vanilla extract, cinnamon, mint, salted caramel, or even a few various liquors. Already a subscriber. Would love to win this book. Want to do all homemade gifts this year.

  • Pursummr

    I like to top my hot cocoa with a splash of Tres Leche liquor. Yum!!

  • MeganG

    Marshmallows, whipped cream, and/or a candy cane!

  • Lara Burns

    Marshmallows!

  • Lara Burns

    I’m already an Eat boutique subscriber:-)

  • http://onceuponaparcel.com/ Emily Schmader

    I’m usually a marshmallow kind of girl! Yum! However, I recently found a recipe for peppermint whipped cream, so I’ll be trying that this Christmas season.

  • http://onceuponaparcel.com/ Emily Schmader

    I’m usually a marshmallow kind of girl! Yum! However, I recently found a recipe for peppermint whipped cream, so I’ll be trying that this Christmas season.

  • http://cookingwhims.wordpress.com Megan

    Whipped cream, please!

  • http://cookingwhims.wordpress.com Megan

    Whipped cream, please!

  • http://twitter.com/happyplateful Betsy Pollack

    I like mine plain. Well, maybe with some dark chocolate shaved on top. Homemade hot cocoa will be a perfect addition to the holiday baskets I make. Thanks for the idea! P.S. I already subscribed to the email list.

  • http://twitter.com/happyplateful Betsy Pollack

    I like mine plain. Well, maybe with some dark chocolate shaved on top. Homemade hot cocoa will be a perfect addition to the holiday baskets I make. Thanks for the idea! P.S. I already subscribed to the email list.

  • Jan Jack

    I like Marshmallow Creme on my Hot Chocolate… especially on a cold winter day!!

  • Jan Jack

    I like Marshmallow Creme on my Hot Chocolate… especially on a cold winter day!!

  • Christi in MA

    I like adding some Buttershots Schnapps to my hot cocoa. :)

  • Christi in MA

    I like adding some Buttershots Schnapps to my hot cocoa. :)

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    I subscribe to emails.

  • Christi in MA

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  • Elizabeth

    I love adding whipped cream, marshmallows and caramel sauce! Yum!

  • Elizabeth

    I love adding whipped cream, marshmallows and caramel sauce! Yum!

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  • Shila

    I love sprinkling hot cocoa with a dash of cinnamon, cardamom, and cayenne when making it at home. And def whipped cream at a cafe.

  • Shila

    I love sprinkling hot cocoa with a dash of cinnamon, cardamom, and cayenne when making it at home. And def whipped cream at a cafe.

  • Kimberly Porter

    I always top it with whipped cream.

  • Kimberly Porter

    I always top it with whipped cream.

  • Kimberly Porter

    I follow Eat Boutique on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.

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