Didn’t know instant hot chocolate contained hydrogenated oils? Let’s take a peek at the labels of the two leading instant hot chocolates manufacturers.
Corn syrup, sugar, cocoa (processed with alkali), hydrogenated coconut oil, nonfat milk, salt, less than 2% of: dipotassium phosphate, dextrose, mono- and diglycerides, acesulfame potassium, carrageenan, natural and artifical flavor, sucralose.
Those are the ingredients straight from a box of Swiss Miss Original Hot Cocoa. MANY ingredients are raising red flags here… obviously the hydrogenated oil but there’s also carrageenan and FIVE types of sweetener?! Can’t we have hot chocolate without all the processed junk?!
Yes we can! Making our own instant hot chocolate is SO easy to do, and it’s so good! I made an entire jar of this in just a few minutes, and now it’s handy anytime we want a warming cup of deliciousness.
- 3 cups dry nonfat or whole milk powder (see note)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder, dutch-process or natural unsweetened (see note)
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips (see note)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Fun 4th of July weekend recipe
If you're in the mood for a fun patriotic sweet treat this 4th of July, we hope you will find that this little cupcakes are just what you're looking for!
My second favorite holiday is just around the corner. 4th of July is one of the happiest days in my year. I love BBQs and parades and fireworks. I love red, white, and blue. I love being American.
So today, I decided to head back into my kitchen. Today I did something that I normally would not do. I opened a box of cake mix. Guess what, my cupcakes are delicious and they scream fun. They scream 4th of July and they scream celebration. And I love them. I take my red, white and blue seriously and do not have a subtle hand with it. If I can sparkle it, give it some patriotic colors, or stick a flag into it, so help me, I am going to do it.
Remember my Flag Cake? Or my Rainbow Cupcakes? If they got married and had a baby, this is what that baby would look like.
You can also see my Flag Cake and some other fun patriotic Desserts over at thekitchn.com
When I made changes to my own diet and switched to eating plant-based, whole foods, it only made sense that I started to rethink what I fed my dog, Benny. After all, he’s my baby, my little boy, my heart. So I changed his diet to consist of healthy, whole foods as well, and every day, I prepare his dinner along with mine. Benny is very picky, so finding biscuits and treats that were healthy as well as appealing to him was a bit harder. I decided I needed to learn how to make Benny yummy dog treats at home.
There are a lot of benefits to making your own dog treats: you get to control what ingredients go into them; you can avoid all the preservatives, additives, fillers, and byproducts; you can cater to any of your dog’s dietary restrictions, and you can choose the flavor combinations your pooch loves most. With all of the recalls on dog treats these days, there is nothing more comforting and rewarding than knowing you are giving your fur baby treats that are healthy, safe, and of course, filled with love.
Making homemade dog treats is an easy way to show your dog some extra love. Just be aware of which ingredients may be toxic to dogs such as macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, chocolate, apple seeds, and large amounts of onion and garlic. Every dog is different, so please check with your veterinarian to see which ingredients are suitable for your dog.