Martha's Favorite Hot Cocoa And Tea Mixes

Hot drinks that warm the stomach and the spirit

from daveramsey.com on 01 Jan 2012
 

By Martha Thompson, Director of Guest Relations

During the holiday season, a batch of this hot cocoa and spicy, sweet holiday tea mix always goes over well around my house! Mixing up a mug is a wonderful way to warm up on a chilly day! Both recipes make a batch that keeps well and will last through the holidays.

These mixes also make excellent Christmas gift ideas. Divide a batch into plastic gift bags, decorative jars, or other containers found around your house or at your local craft store. Attach a holiday ribbon along with the recipe and directions as part of your gift!

Creamy Hot Chocolate Mix

8-quart box nonfat dry milk (25.6 oz.)
3 cups Coffee-mate® or other dry coffee creamer
1 21.8-ounce container (4 heaping cups) of Nesquik® chocolate powdered beverage mix
1-pound box powdered sugar

Mix all of the above ingredients well in a very large container. Store in airtight container and when ready to serve, scoop a heaping 1/3 of a cup in a mug and add boiling water. Stir thoroughly and top with one of the flavored whipped creams below.

Peppermint Whipped Cream
In a small chilled bowl, beat 1 cup heavy whipping cream until it begins to thicken. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract; beat until stiff peaks form. Makes 2 cups of whipped cream, which is enough to top 4–6 cups of hot cocoa. Garnish each serving with crushed peppermint candies.

Espresso Whipped Cream
In a small chilled bowl, beat 1 cup heavy whipping cream and 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder until it begins to thicken. Add 2 tablespoons sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Makes 2 cups of whipped cream, which is enough to top 4–6 cups of hot cocoa. Sprinkle each serving with espresso powder for a pretty presentation.

Spiced Christmas Tea

2 jars (21.1 oz. each) orange breakfast drink mix
1 envelope lemonade mix
1 jar (3 oz.) unsweetened instant tea
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups red-hot candies
2 teaspoons each, ground - allspice, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg

Combine all ingredients. Store in a cool, dry place up to six months. To prepare tea, dissolve 4 teaspoons mix in 1 cup boiling water; stir well and serve with a whole cinnamon stick.

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