Three Cups of Cozy

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Will it ever get warm? We’ve been having quite a chilly spring in Baltimore. Normally we’d have warm evenings by now, but not so much. It’s been damp and unseasonably cold. Which brings me to hot cocoa. Who wants steamy hot cocoa in May? Um…this spring, it’s the perfect cup of cozy.

As far as we know, there aren’t many commercially ready vegan cocoa-mixes. After looking at a bunch of places, we decided to just make our own. It was so much fun – and it’s so great to have them mixed up and ready to go – we made three flavors. When you are sourcing the ingredients, remember that Florida Crystals is great vegan sugar and easy to find. And the powdered soy or rice milk, like Better Than Milk brand, is available on Amazon.com , as are the vegan white chocolate chips.

So get a good book, a blanket and a mug – it’s time to warm up this cool, rainy May evening! These make great gifts, too!

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 Mocha Java Cocoa Mix

1 cup sugar

1 cup cocoa

1 1/2 cups powdered soy  or rice milk (we used Better Than Milk brand)

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup instant coffee powder

1 pinch salt

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Recipe will fill two quart jars. To prepare cocoa, stir 2-3 Tbl. of cocoa mix into a mug of hot water or hot vegan milk of choice. Top with vegan marshmallows, like Dandies, as desired.

Vanilla White Chocolate Cocoa Mix

1 cup sugar

3/4  cup cocoa

2 cups powdered soy or rice milk (we used Better Than Milk brand)

1/2 cup vegan white chocolate chips (see our post on vegan white chocolate)

two whole vanilla beans, seeds scraped

1 pinch salt

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Recipe will fill two quart jars. To prepare cocoa, stir 2-3 Tbl. of cocoa mix into a mug of hot water or hot vegan milk of choice. Top with vegan marshmallows, like Dandies, as desired.

Spice and Chili Cocoa Mix

1 cup sugar

1 cup cocoa

1 1/2 cups powdered soy  or rice milk (we used Better Than Milk brand)

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

2 Tbl. ground cinnamon

2 Tbl. ground ginger

2 Tbl. chili powder

1 pinch salt

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Recipe will fill two quart jars. To prepare cocoa, stir 2-3 Tbl. of cocoa mix into a mug of hot water or hot vegan milk of choice. Top with vegan marshmallows, like Dandies, as desired.

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