08 Jan Better Hot Chocolate
Wintertime cold fronts — even in the Florida Keys — are chilly on a boat.
Hot chocolate is great to take the edge off. And we found that we drank it frequently even while sailing in Mexico and helping friends take their boats up and down the ICW.
Even on a reasonably warm day, it’s cooler on the water. And if you’re doing an overnight passage, it can be downright chilly in the middle of the night.
At times like that, a cup of hot chocolate is greatly appreciated. But to make it easy, I’d just keep hot water in a good Thermos (or, even easier, you can use an airpot) and use instant hot chocolate.
The only problem is that, well, it can taste watery. I know, the packages say to mix with water — but they also add something like what’s on my Swiss Miss container: “For more indulgent cocoa, mix with milk instead of water.”But it may not work to heat up a pan of milk. I mean, that’s why I was using the instant mix to begin with. I want it simple!
Once I discovered great powered milk, that dissolves easily, the problem was solved. Just add a heaping spoonful of Nido powdered milk or any other really good powdered milk to the hot chocolate mix, stir them together and then add the hot water and make as usual. I don’t precisely measure the powdered milk — you can use as much or as little as you want.