Friday, October 1, 2010

Make Your Own Instant Cocoa Mix

Anytime I can make something for cheaper than I can buy it I do!  Here's a recipe for instant cocoa and by making your own, you don't have the paper from the packets going into the trash or the boxes going into the trash, it's a green decision :)

Instant Cocoa Mix

2 cups nonfat dry milk powder

1/2 cup lower-fat powdered nondairy creamer

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

10 packets Equal® or 1 Tablespoon Equal® Measure

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

For cocoa mix, stir together milk powder, nondairy creamer, cocoa powder, Equal® and, if desired,

cinnamon. Cover and store in an airtight container.

For each serving, in a heat-proof mug add 3/4 cup boiling water to 1/3 cup cocoa mix; stir to dissolve.

Makes 2 2/3 cups mix, enough for 8 six-ounce servings.

Ghoulish Punch

* 32 Servings

* Prep: 10 min. + freezing

* 12 gummy spiders

* 1 vinyl glove

* 1 gallon tropical fruit punch, chilled

* 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled

* 1 quart raspberry sherbet


* Pour water into an ice cube tray; add a gummy spider to each of 12 compartments. Freeze for at least 4 hours. Fill glove with water; tie or seal and freeze for at least 4 hours.

* In a 7-qt. punch bowl, combine punch and soda. Add sherbet and ice cubes. Remove glove from hand-shaped ice; add to punch. Serve immediately. Yield: 32 servings (6 quarts).

Ghoul Punch published in Simple & Delicious September/October 2008, p37

Tip Creepy Cauldron:
To create a spooky scene at your Halloween party, purchase dry ice from your local grocery store's seafood department or ice supplier. Using tongs or thick gloves, place the dry ice in a watertight container; cover with water. Warm water will create more smoke, but it will disappear quickly. Cooler water will produce less dense smoke, but it will last longer. If the amount of smoke decreases during your party, add more dry ice and water.

Editor's Note: Do not handle dry ice with your bare hands. Use tongs or thick gloves. Keep dry ice out of the reach of children.

Pumpkin Spiced Lattes

Not only is October my favorite month and time of year but I absolutely love Pumpkin Spiced Latte's and for some reason I only drink them in October, LOL.


3 cups hot whole milk

4 teaspoons white sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

6 ounces double-strength brewed coffee

3 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream

3 pinches pumpkin pie spice


1.Combine the hot milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice in a blender; blend until frothy. Pour the mixture into 3 coffee mugs to about 2/3 full. Pour 2 ounces coffee into each mug. Garnish each mug with whipped topping and pumpkin pie spice.

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