|Hot Cocoa in a Raygun mug|
This is what someone who avoids drinking coffee does when she's left with an entire container of coffee creamer after having a ton of Thanksgiving guests. She makes hot cocoa and sweetens and enriches it with the very sweet creamer.
I'm generally a fan of using non-dairy creamer in my hot cocoa--I just think it makes the hot creamy chocolatey beverage taste even better. It wasn't until I made my second cup of this hot cocoa, though, that I realized that Coffee Mate Natural Bliss is actually a natural creamer. It contains milk, sugar, and cream. Hm. Go figure. The Sweet Cream flavor is basically half and half with lots of sugar. Lots. Of. Sugar. It was the excessive sweetness of the creamer that led me to decide to use it to sweeten some homemade hot cocoa. It worked. And here's the recipe.
Cup of Hot Cocoa
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 pinch salt
- 1 drop vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Creamer (I used Sweet Cream Flavor)
In a microwave safe container (like a coffee mug), heat the milk in the microwave on high for about 2 minutes.
In another coffee mug, place the cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the hot milk and mix until you have a smooth paste. Add the remaining hot milk and the Natural Bliss. Stir to incorporate.
Microwave a little longer if it's not as hot as you'd like it.
Makes 1 serving