I prefer to use a hot chocolate mix that has: 1) no dairy, and 2) sugar-substitute. It IS possible to get some dairy-free hot chocolate mixes. But it's just as easy to make your own hot chocolate, since most recipes call for just:

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If you're making a mix, you'll want to make vanilla sugar first. There are three ways to do this:

  1. buy real vanilla powder, stir into sugar
  2. buy real vanilla beans, and let it sit in sugar for a week or two
  3. buy synthetic vanilla extract, mix with sugar, and then dry the sugar mixture

Real vanilla is fairly expensive (and doesn't make a noticeable difference), so I prefer option #3.




hot chocolate

1 srvg 2 srvg 4 srvg 8 srvg ingredient
1 cup 2 cup 4 cup 8 cup milk
2 tbsp 1/4 cup 1/2 cup 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp 2 tbsp - 1/4 cup 1/4 - 1/2 cup 1/2 - 1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp 1/2 tsp 1 tsp 2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch 1/4 tsp 1/2 tsp 1 tsp salt