Hot chocolate is a Winter time staple! It’s the perfect treat after a day out in the cold. My kids love it and ask for it during the colder months. There is just one problem with packets of hot chocolate frequently sold in stores. Well, actually, there are many problems with it. I mean, have you ever looked at the ingredient list on a standard hot chocolate packet? Artificial ingredient overload to say the least.
Common Ingredients In Hot Chocolate
- CORN SYRUP SOLIDS
- VEGETABLE OIL (PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COCONUT OR PALM KERNEL AND HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN)
- DAIRY PRODUCT SOLIDS
- COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI
- LESS THAN 2% OF CELLULOSE GUM
- NONFAT MILK, SALT
- SODIUM CASEINATE
- SODIUM CITRATE
- DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE
- SODIUM ALUMINOSILICATE
- MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES
- GUAR GUM
- ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS
Doesn’t that just sound like a beautiful combination to cozy up to by the fire on a cold night? Not really. The powder is full of genetically modified ingredients, fillers, preservatives, artificial flavors, multiple types of sugars and partially hydrogenated oils. And that is taking this lightly. if you want to know the truth, this hot chocolate packet is basically a chemical sh*t storm ready and waiting to enter your mouth.
Adverse Health Effects
- Partially hydrogenated Oils– high in trans fats and contribute to many health effects, especially high cholesterol.
- Sodium aluminosilicate – Refers to compounds which contain sodium, aluminum, silicon and oxygen and is used as an anti-caking agent in many foods.
- Cellulose gum – polymer. It is typically used to thicken or bind things. Although it’s not perceived to be harmful to the human body, it also poses no health benefits and is pretty much like eating paper (yum!).
- Sodium caseinate is a biochemical name for casein and it has been linked to some human diseases like autism and gastrointestinal problems.
- “Artificial flavors” – Could also a dozen things that we, as consumers, apparently don’t deserve to know. And that’s just breaking down a few of the ingredients.
You don’t need all of this garbage to make a delicious hot chocolate for you and your family. That I promise you!
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- 1 Cup Milk + 2 TBS (Try almond, coconut or rice milk for non-dairy alternatives)
- 2 Heaping Teaspoons of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Raw Sugar (Try Coconut sugar)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract (Not imitation)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon (Optional)
- 1. Pour milk in a small pot over medium to low heat.
- 2. Place cocoa powder, raw sugar, and 2 tablespoons of milk of choice in a small bowl. Whisk until a thick mixture forms and the powder is fully absorbed.
- 3. Whisk cocoa mixture into milk mixture.
- 4. Heat mixture until hot (Not to a boil)
- 5. Stir in vanilla extract, pour into a mug and sprinkle with cinnamon.
I hope you love this recipe and can share it with your family and friends. What another Winter time recipe that you love?
Thanks for letting me into your world awhile,
Naturally Nicole XO