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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Chocolate Sugar, a pantry mix for Mochas and Cocoa

With Chocolate Sugar, a pantry mix for Mochas and Cocoa in your cupboard, you can skip the coffee stand for your morning mochas, save some money, and sip your morning joe in the comfort of your own home! What's not to like?

Every morning my husband and I have coffee together. It is not fancy or even a specialty blend, but it is fresh, strong, and served promptly as soon as the "your coffee is done" indicator sounds with its five little beeps. My morning coffee is something I look forward to each and every day. I like it in a big mug, with half and half, and nothing else. Some days I wake early and I have to generously wait for coffee because my husband is still sleeping. But trust me, at a certain point, the coffee maker is started, and I wake him up, because, you know, it is time for coffee!

My husband does not have the same passion for his morning cup of coffee that I do.  He is more interested in the sweet side of the morning coffee business, namely, the chocolate that goes in his cup! As it turns out, he does not like just coffee but has learned that if he puts enough sugar and chocolate in his cup, coffee now tastes pretty darn good!


We have tried many different ways to get his coffee just the way he likes it. Let's see, we have used a commercial cocoa mix, chocolate ice cream syrup, and homemade chocolate syrup. Each has its pluses and minuses. For me, the biggest problem was running out of one of them and it had not been added to the shopping list... Our morning coffee on those mornings was not as enjoyable for my husband. 

Then I ran across this Cocoa Mix from the Little House Living blog. I liked that it is intended to be added to the milk, to make cocoa. The benefits, of course, are that you can use your preferred type of milk (whole, 2%, nut milk, etc.) and you can make your own cup of cocoa as rich as you like. It seemed perfect in every way, except...I knew that I would have to adapt the recipe for my husband's preferred sweeter style. Yes, I upped the sugar. 

Yet, on the other hand, my guess is, this Chocolate Sugar, a pantry mix for Mochas and Cocoa, has far less sugar than the commercial mixes we were buying...along with no unwanted additives and preservatives. So it is a win-win situation because it only takes about one minute to mix it up. Perfect for those days when I didn't know before bedtime...that the last of it was used that very morning...




If I have made this mix once, I have made it a hundred times! And while the first few times I used a food processor to mix it into a fine powder, now I simply whisk it together and it really does only take about a minute to measure the ingredients and about two to whisk the ingredients together. And the mixing bowl is a lot easier to wash up than the food processor! Chocolate Sugar, a pantry mix for Mochas and Cocoa is one pantry staple you will always find in our pantry. For my husband, it is not morning coffee without it!


Some thoughts on this recipe:

This mix is perfect for families using various dairy options. My daughter loves cocoa made with this mix and her lactose-free milk. 

I have found it is just as easy to make a double batch...as to make it again in a week!


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • cocoa, use a natural style cocoa
  • sugar
  • salt
You will also need the following:
  • medium-size mixing bowl
  • measuring cups 
  • measuring spoons
  • whisk 
  • storage container
OR 
  • food processor 
Now we are ready to begin!



Chocolate Sugar, a pantry mix for Mochas and Cocoa!
inspired by: Little House Living
UPDATED: 02.11.2022

1 1/2 c sugar
1 c dry cocoa powder, use natural style cocoa, not Dutch-processed. 
1 t salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl or into the processor bowl of a food processor. 

If using the food processor buzz in an "on and off" style until mixed and smooth. 

If using a mixing bowl and whisk, whisk together until all the ingredients are mixed together and no streaks of sugar or cocoa remain. 



Store in a covered container. 

To use, add 2 to 4 tablespoons to the bottom of a coffee mug, add half & half or milk (about 1/4 cup), and fill with coffee. Stir and serve.


Storage options for Chocolate Sugar, a pantry mix for Mochas and Cocoa. Store tightly covered in a cool dry area for up to six months. 

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Chocolate Sugar, a pantry mix for Mochas and Cocoa!
inspired by: Little House Living

1 1/2 c sugar
1 c dry cocoa powder
1 t salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl or into the processor bowl of a food processor. 

If using the food processor buzz in an "on and off" style until mixed and smooth. 

If using a mixing bowl and whisk, whisk together until all the ingredients are mixed together and no streaks of sugar or cocoa remain. 

Store in a covered container. 

Store in a covered container. 

To use, add 2 to 4 tablespoons to the bottom of a coffee mug, add half & half or milk (about 1/4 cup), and fill with coffee. Stir and serve.

Storage options for Chocolate Sugar, a panty mix for Mochas and Cocoa. Store tightly covered in a cool dry area for up to six months. 

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  1. This is the exact mix my mother taught me with which to make cocoa and I still use it today but substitute stevia for the sugar.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, my husband has quite a sweet tooth (he does not intend to pull or ignore LOL!) and I make this for him. I am more a natural sweet eater with honey, maple syrup and dried fruit as my preferred sources. Years ago I use to make a cocoa mix with dried milk, but this version is so much more adaptable!

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  2. These mixes are great to have. We made a bunch one year and gave it to friends as part of our Christmas gifts.

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    1. My husband goes through this like water...I usually make a double batch to save time in the kitchen.

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  3. I hadn't considered making my own cocoa mix to keep in the pantry. I don't know why! Thanks for this!

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    1. You are so welcome! It sure saves a lot of time in the morning...

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  4. YUM, chocolate! Thanks so much for linking up at the 25 and Done Link Party 9! 25 entries in 25 hours!! Shared on Fb, Pn, and Tw.

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  5. We often have cinnamon sugar in the cupboard but I have never thought of having a chocolate mix in the cupboard before.

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    1. This pantry mix is the perfect fix for a quick mocha and or cup of cocoa.

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  6. Yum!!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Enjoy the rest of your week.

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    1. Thank you Helen, and the same to you, have a great week ahead!

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  7. Old fashioned cocoa, you just can't beat it! For years I added a bit of cocoa to my coffee - delish!
    Rachelle

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