Better Hot Chocolate

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Instant hot chocolate is so easy on a chilly passage, but it can taste a little watery.  Some great powdered milk can really improve it!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.

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  1. After the container is half empty, you can top it off with powdered milk, shake it up and it’s ready to go again.
    If you make your own mix, you can use really good quality chocolate and it really kicks up a notch!

  2. Awesome! I didn’t know about Nido yet, but we’ll definitely be adding that to the provisioning list!

  3. Do you have suggestions/recipe for making your own mix?

  4. A great warm-up on a chilly eve. is a “Zander”– make your hot cocoa but add dark rum. Yum! We call it “medicinal.”

  5. I have been using Nido in my hot chocolate this year and it is great!!! I can’t go back to using just plain water now in my hot chocolate …it is so rich tasting this way… I use Nido ALL of the time since you introduced this to me a several years ago…I very seldom but milk now even when I can. I really love it on my cereal. I have even gotten some of my land lubbers using Nido too. Now you have me wanting some hot chocolate! Lol

  6. My husband discovered the powdered milk tip last season when we ran out of fresh and UHT milk. He loved that his tea stayed hotter for longer but isn’t a fan of the powdered milk taste. I’ll give Nido a try when I do my provisioning for this season to see if it helps. Thanks!

  7. Do you deliver?!?!?

  8. You must try Coldstone Creamery’s Hot Chocolate mixes. Decadent!

  9. A shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream in hot choc is even better

  10. Double-strength hot chocolate works well too. Just add two packets! Add Nido too!

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