This recipe is one of my standard gifts at Christmas-time. It is wonderfully simple to make, stores seemingly forever (though it never lasts long enough around here to go bad!), and can be tailored to your own tastes.
Hot Cocoa Mix
2 cups nondairy coffee creamer
1 1/2 cups sugar (we use turbinado, and it works perfectly)
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 tsp salt
-Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. Use 2 TB per serving. Yield is about 36 servings. (We use more than 2 TB per serving, this is per individual taste)
-From Southern Living's 1981 Annual Recipes Book, page 287
We began using organic cocoa powder after reading how many pesticides are used on conventionally grown cocoa beans (a LOT!), and let me tell you .. GO ORGANIC!!! WOW!!! The difference in using organic cocoa vs. non-organic is night and day, and the taste is orgasmic! Now, I know this isn't the greenest of ingredients, but it is a fun way to personalize the cocoa: using flavored powdered creamers. In our last batch I used a Vanilla Caramel creamer. Yummy!