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The other night Josh pulled out the cocoa powder and asked “Can we add this to milk and make chocolate milk?” I kind of laughed and said “No, it’s not sweetened.” He was bummed but the conversation dropped. Well of course the next morning *I* was craving some chocolate milk, so I figured…why can’t I make it with cocoa powder?
To start out, I put some milk in a cup, added a little sugar and a little cocoa powder. With my little whisk, I whisked and whisked and whisked. I seriously thought my arm was going to fall off! After all that whisking, there were still little chunks of cocoa powder. I took a sip anyway…I didn’t vomit, but it didn’t taste great and it had a gritty texture from the sugar. So my next thought was I’ll dump it all in my blender and that should help mix it all up really well!
The blender idea worked great, but it still had a little bit of a gritty texture from sugar. So I dumped that out and started again. This time I used powdered sugar to see if that would work…it did!! I also added a touch of vanilla and that seemed to make the texture even more smooth. So here is the final recipe I came up with…
Homemade Chocolate Milk
3 cups milk (I used 2%)
3 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder (If you want a stronger taste, feel free to add more)
4 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar (If you want sweeter…add a little more)
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I didn’t measure this out, but I know it wasn’t much)
Blend it all in your blender on low until combined, about 20-25 seconds.
Now I also decided to warm it up to see how it would make for hot chocolate. I thought it tasted great…but the heat enhances chocolate flavor, so for H, I mixed in just about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar (it dissolved well in the hot chocolate milk) to sweeten it just a touch for him. So there you have it! I hope you give it a shot and enjoy!
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