Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup sugar or sugar substitute equivalent to ¾ cup sugar (see Tip)
½ cup crushed peppermint candies (3 ounces)
In a large bowl, stir together milk powder, cocoa powder, and sugar. Divide among five decorative containers. Top with crushed candies. Seal and label containers. Store at room temperature for up to 3 months.
To serve, shake contents of the container. For each serving, place 3 tablespoons of the mix in a 10-ounce mug and add 1 cup boiling water; stir until mix is well incorporated (crushed candies will dissolve in about 2 minutes as the mixture stands).
Tip: If using sugar substitute, choose from Splenda® Granular bulk or packets. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to ¾ cup sugar. Nutrition Facts Per Serving with Substitute: Same as below, except 113 calories, 17 g carbohydrate. Exchanges : ½ Other Carb. Carb Choice: 1
Variation: Mocha Hot Cocoa Mix: Prepare as above, except omit the peppermint candies and add ¼ cup instant coffee crystals or instant espresso coffee powder. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 125 calories, 1 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 98 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 8 g protein. Daily Values: 8% vit. A, 2% vit. C, 30% calcium, 5% iron. Exchanges: 1 milk, ½ other carb. Carb Choice: 1. Nutrition Facts Per Serving with Substitute: Same as below, except 99 calories, 14 g carbohydrate. Exchanges: 0 other carb.