Becca here with Tuesday's 'better late than never' post! Between a migraine making me sick, a visit to the nursing home, chiropractor's office, and a couple of extra kids the past few days, I'm running a bit behind today. I think you're in for a real treat though with today's recipe. While I wouldn't exactly call this a healthy food, it is far healthier than the Starbucks and McDonalds drinks it is similiar to, not to mention far less in cost, and I think it tastes every bit as good, or even better! I think it would make a great last-minute gift packaged up in a cute jar with ribbon, or in cellophane bags with a cute paper stapled on as a topper. This year we also made a few batches of my Roasted Sugared Almonds and packaged them up with a cute ornament tied onto them for Sunday School teachers, Mail Ladies, UPS Guys, etc. I'll give you the recipe for the dry mix first, and then instructions for making it both as an iced drink, or a hot beverage.
Iced Mocha Mix
1/2 cup instant coffee granules (decaf may be used if you prefer)
1 cup sugar
1 cup dry milk powder (nonfat is fine)
1 cup powdered creamer (nonfat or sugar-free is fine if you prefer, as is flavored)
1/2 cup baking cocoa (I use dark chocolate)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in an airtight container. May be stored for up to a year.
For an iced drink (similiar to a Frappuccino or Mocha Frappe)
In a blender combine 1 1/2 cups ice, 1/2 cup milk, and 1/2 cup of dry mocha mix.
For a warm drink, stir 3-5 Tablespoons into a cup of warm water, to taste :)
This was my inspiration http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mocha-cooler/detail.aspx