Chocolate milk has been a staple in my house for years. I enjoyed it as a child and with four kids, our refrigerator is always stocked with it. It's always on the grocery list and I grab it from the dairy case without giving a second glance at the price. Last week, I did take a look at the shelf price and was in shock: $3.99 for a quart. No kidding.
As a kid, we never bought chocolate milk from the dairy case. In fact, I don't think they even sold it in a bottle. We made it at home, not from a chocolate syrup bottle, but with real cocoa powder.
Chocolate Milk - a Sports Drink?
That day I decided to take a stand against buying a bottle of chocolate milk and began making it at home, just like we did when I was a kid. I said farewell to the shelf brands and bought a container of cocoa powder instead. Not only have I saved a few dollars but I have the satisfaction of knowing my kids aren't drinking something full of ingredients that I can't pronounce.
- For One Serving of Chocolate Milk:
- 6 to 8 ounces of milk (whole, 2%, 1%, or even skim)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Pour the milk into the glass and slowly add cocoa powder while blending with an immersion blender or spoon. An immersion blender works best because it reduces clumping of the cocoa powder. Add powdered sugar until well blended.
Serve immediately or cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to drink. If you do refrigerate it, make sure you give the milk a good stir or shake before drinking. The cocoa powder and sugar may gravitate to the bottom, creating a "sludge".
Making in Bulk
I do often make homemade chocolate milk by the half gallon or even gallon. Like I said, I do have four children, so making it a cup at a time can be time-consuming. I blend milk with the other ingredients using a regular blender instead of an immersion blender. I pour it into a leak-proof plastic pitcher. The kids just shake the pitcher and pour when they are ready for a sweet treat.
Making Hot Chocolate
You can make hot chocolate with the same ingredients. Simply heat milk on low and add the cocoa powder and sugar. Stir until well blended and to the desired temperature. Serve immediately. My kids love topping hot chocolate with marshmallows or whipped cream. Marshmallows are easy to make at home and so delicious!