We have all had a cup of Swiss Miss hot cocoa at some point in our lives. And while this beverage can invoke some fond childhood memories, it can sometimes leave a bit to be desired from a flavor perspective. At High Plains Spice Company, we have crafted some truly unique cocoa mixes that are sure to delight just about anyone’s palette. The quality of your cocoa mix makes little difference however, if its brewed incorrectly. Here are a few simple tips to make your next cup of cocoa a truly memorable experience:
Use Milk, Not Water
As our mixes are not as intensely sweet as many store-bought varieties, we recommend using milk as the base for your hot cocoa as opposed to water. This will bring out the natural richness in the dutch cocoa and other ingredients.
To brew our cocoa, simply combine 1-3 tbsp. of mix per 1 cup (8oz.) of milk in a small sauce pan. Simmer over medium heat until mixture is heated through and creamy in texture. Whisk occasionally to remove any lumps.
You can also heat your milk in the microwave, usually 2-2:30 minutes per cup, and then add your mix to the heated milk. Stir vigorously with a spoon or small whisk to remove any lumps.
Add in Some Extras
To make an even more delectable cup, try throwing in a few additional ingredients to your brew.
For our Classic Cocoa Mix, we recommend adding in some peppermint extract, almond extract, or cherry extract. Blueberry Sugar and Strawberry Sugar add a fruity twist. Also try Amaretto liquor or Peppermint Schnapps to really warm up the winter!
Try our five different flavors of delicious hot cocoa mix to chase away the chill!
Mayan Hot Cocoa – Our Mayan Hot Cocoa Mix combines the richness of dutch cocoa powder with the subtle earthy spiciness of ancho chili. Add cinnamon, vanilla and allspice and you’ve got a staff favorite!
Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa – Our Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa Mix brings together the traditional flavors of Fall with the classic tastes of dutch chocolate and vanilla. Yum!