Our best kept secret family recipe is…

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Our best kept secret family recipe is…

If any family has a stash of incredible secret recipes, it’s ours! The question has more answers than there are people in our family. In fact, it would be much simpler to tell you that a few years ago your Aunt Maggie collected some of our favorite family recipes. If you’re looking for a recipe, she is apt to have it. Several of the recipes include BBQ Baked Beans, Cut Out Cookies, German Potato Salad, Goulash, Jer’s Famous Sandwich Wraps, Red Cake (and Frosting!), Rodger’s Enchiladas (which I still can’t make as well as he does), and, of course, Veggie Dip. Maybe if we all ask her nicely, she’ll organize them into a book for us.

But just in case you don’t have it, here’s the best secret recipe in our family—Grandma Heidi’s Hot Cocoa Mix. Nothing warms you on those cold Northern Michigan days like this creamy Hot Cocoa!

18 C. dry powdered milk

2 C. powdered sugar

4 C. Nestle’s Quick

1 C. Coffee Mate

Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl.

Store in an airtight container until ready to serve (we always used a gallon ice cream bucket).

To serve: Place ¼ cup Momma Heidi’s Hot Cocoa mix in coffee cup; fill with boiling water and stir until dissolved. Top with marshmallows if desired.

All my love,

Aunt Sarah

P.S. Those of you in Canada may need two cups to warm up, eh.

Family Recipe Friday: Momma Heidi’s Hot Cocoa Mix

When we were young, Mom used to make her hot cocoa mix every winter. She would store it in gallon sized ice cream buckets. It was my favorite treat after coming inside from those cold Northern Michigan Winter days when we walked home from school. It’s still one of my favorite treats, and I’ve never tasted hot cocoa as creamy or smooth as this.

It is now my Christmas recipe. For the past few years, I’ve been making a double batch of this and sharing it with friends and family as part of my Christmas gift (along with the chocolate covered pretzels, etc). I’ve had nothing but positive feedback.

Give it a try! Let me know what you think! Of course…you may want to make a smaller batch the first time. But honestly, with seven kids at home, my momma used to make at least one full batch at a time and we’d clean her out before Spring.

Ingredients:

  • 18 C. dry powdered milk
  • 2 C. powdered sugar
  • 4 C. Nestle’s Quick
  • 1 C. Coffee Mate

Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

To serve: Place 1/4 C. Momma Heidi’s Hot Cocoa Mix in a coffee cup. Fill with boiling water and stir until dissolved. Top with marshmallows if desired.