Stay Cozy with Christmas Cocoa

Enjoy this delicious Christmas Cocoa recipe to help ward off the chill during the Holiday Season. A spoonful of marshmallow crème tops steaming homemade cocoa with rich chocolate flavour and a hint of spice.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup marshmallow creme

Steps

  1. In 2-quart saucepan, heat sugar, cocoa, water, cinnamon and nutmeg over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Stir in milk. Heat over low heat. Pour cocoa into 6 mugs. Top each with 2 tablespoons marshmallow creme.

Expert Tips

Make Mint Cocoa by omitting cinnamon and nutmeg and stirring in 1/2 teaspoon mint extract or 3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candies. Make Mocha Cocoa by stirring in 1 to 2 tablespoons instant coffee (dry). Also try adding a 1/4 cup of Dure Foods flavoured hot chocolate products to add even more deliciousness!

Serve cocoa with candy canes to use as swizzle sticks!

Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker

Mixing It Up With Dry Blending

What Is Dry Blending?

Dry blending is becoming increasingly popular in the food industry all across the world. The benefits, accessibility, and ease of dry blending is creating a stir in the world of food and nutrition, and even sometimes in places you would never expect.

The Dry Blending Process

Dry blending is essentially exactly what it sounds like. In the food industry, this simply means the mixing of dry ingredients to create a “dry” product. Dry blending products—which can be anything from sauces to drinks to baking mixtures and more—are easy to make and easy to use.

Typically you need only add water or something sort of liquid ingredient to the dry product to create a delicious addition to any meal.

The Benefits of Dry Blending

Not only is dry blending easy, but also it is incredibly cost effective and thus affordable for consumers. The dry ingredients are cheap to make, so companies have no need to charge consumers exorbitant amounts of money for something small and delicious.

Furthermore, as there is very little within dry blended products that can rot or go stale, dry blended items can last far longer than any other food products, including canned items, and thus are even more cost efficient than you would think. They also typically come in small packages, and as such as incredibly easy to store since they take up very little cabinet space.

One may be wary of dry blend products—what about the taste? There is no need to fear, though—dry blending does not affect the taste of the ingredients used. Everything you can make with dry blended products tastes just as delicious, but take less than half the time to prepare and cook.

The purpose of dry blending dehydrated foods is to maximize nutritional value, taste, and to save consumers time in a world that is constantly on the move.

Who Uses Dry Blending?

The low cost and simplicity of dry blending means that a large amount of the food industry utilizes this process, and probably in ways you would not normally anticipate.

For instance, coffee vending machines—the ones you may stop at on your way to work if you are in a hurry—are usually dry blend coffee with hot water. However, does the taste suffer? No! That quick and cheap coffee saved you time and money without sacrificing taste.

Many restaurants use dry blending for their spices, especially quick service locations. Again, the safety and low cost makes this a great solution for businesses without sacrificing customer health or satisfaction.

Taco seasoning, spice mixtures, “just add water” baking concoctions—all of these are examples of every day dry blending products that the world at large uses. The food industry uses dry blending to its fullest extent, and research continues to expand knowledge of dry blending possibilities.

Contact Us for Dry Blending Today!

At Dure Foods, we pride ourselves on our dry blending techniques and packaging. All of our products are verified on their premises and by a third-party lab, ensuring absolute safety and nutritional value.

Our ingredients all come precisely weighed and documented to create the perfect mixtures for all our items. Dry blending creates cheap, high quality items, and Dure Food ensures the best standards for all our dry blended products.

For more info, Contact Us Today!