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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

It looks like we’re headed for some really cold weather, so what better things to do than keep warm and drink hot cocoa? 🙂 Here’s a Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix that’s really easy to make—for yourself and your family, or to give as a food gift to friends for the holidays. Who wouldn’t want some rich, chocolatey hot cocoa? You can package the mix up in a large glass jar, a canister, treat bags, or zip-top bags.

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Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa (2 ways)

Now that the weather is cooler, it’s a great time to enjoy some hot cocoa! And for this time of year, why not add some pumpkin? I had read that pumpkin is a good source of fiber and melts right into your hot cocoa! So I experimented a little and came up with two different ways to make it. Both have cinnamon to give it a nice autumn spice, and the second version has some other spices added in too!

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Ghirardelli Luxe and a Hot Cocoa Recipe

If you like milk chocolate, then I’m sure you’d like these chocolate bars as much as I do! I received some samples of Ghirardelli Luxe milk chocolate as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program and enjoyed savoring the rich and creamy squares of milk chocolate in three different flavors…classic milk chocolate, hazelnut, and almond. I liked all of them, but if I had to choose a favorite I’d go with the almond…I love almonds and a chocolate/almond combination is pretty hard for me to resist! 🙂  These chocolates are so smooth and creamy…they just melt in your mouth!

While I was taking this Ghirardelli chocolate taste-testing break, it reminded me of my two visits to San Fransisco and the stops I made both times to the flagship Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop in Ghirardelli Square. It’s a great place to visit if you’re in the area…the square is also home to many other unique shops and restaurants and is located in a beautiful spot right on the San Francisco waterfront. Here’s a photo, courtesy of GhirardelliSquare.com

It only seems right to include a Ghirardelli recipe in this post and since the weather is getting cooler, I thought this hot cocoa recipe (and photo), slightly modified from Ghirardelli.com, would be the perfect choice…


(Makes 4 servings)

  • 4 ounces 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (or semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond or peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream

In saucepan over low heat, bring chocolate and half-and-half to simmer, whisking constantly. Simmer 1 minute or until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat; whisk in almond or peppermint extract and vanilla extract.

Pour into four 1/2-cup demitasse or coffee cups. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons whipped cream; dust with Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa (if desired). Serve immediately.