The Price of Milk and Hot Chocolate

Thursday, July 10, 2008

This time last year a friend of mine had some Sri Lankan boarders. There was an intense discussion about buying powdered milk. My friend explained that while it is sometimes cheaper, no one in NZ buys powdered milk because the fresh stuff is so cheap.

When I was growing up, powdered milk was a strange concept too. It was the abandoned packet at the back of the cupboard for emergencies.

I have had a rethink. In the last few years the price of milk has shot through the roof, doubling even. It's cheaper to buy coke. I now have to admit that powdered milk has its place and that place is in hot chocolates (courtesy of the Destitute Gourmet)

You will need:

2 cups Milk Powder
1 ½ -2 cups icing sugar
½ cup cocoa
¼ teaspoon salt

Sift it all together. This will make enough to fill a large preserving jar.

Mix boiling water with ¼ cup of mixture to make up to a cup of hot chocolate. Recipe should make around 16 hot chocolates.

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  1. That sounds yummy - will have to try. We grew up with powdered milk (not too many dairy cows in Malaysia) and I LOVE eating it by the spoonful - many memories of being caught in the pantry, mouth gummed shut with powdered milk, still trying to lie to my mother that NO I was NOT eating the powdered milk. I still adore milk - but the fresh variety these days and have to confess to splurging on a beautiful, non-homogenised, local, organic milk - it's my luxury. And it totally sucks that coke is cheaper - one of life's unbelievably ridiculous things! Hmph!

  2. What a great recipe - I will have to try it out. We drink mostly soy milk these days as hubby is diary intolerant, but I'm sure that powdered soy milk would work just as well.

  3. thanks for the recipe, if it wasnt so darn hot here, i would make me a cuppa. i use powdered buttermilk in my baking, but i agree about the regular stuff. i dont think we ever bought it, as it use to be so expensive. we dont drink cows milk either, almond for us im afraid, but i would def. use the powdered in cooking and hot cocoa!


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