Prairieside Suites’ Famous Hot Cocoa

A guest experience would not be complete without trying our Famous Hot Cocoa. Offered and kept stocked fresh in your room year-round, guests especially love to warm up next to their fireplace or in the jacuzzi with a cup of Prairieside’s Famous Hot Cocoa. Matched with our bottomless sweet treats in the kitchen, you can grab some goodies then slip into a super snuggly, Prairieside robe and hibernate with your someone special. There’s nothing more special than remaking a wonderful memory – now you can surprise him or her with a taste from Prairieside.

Prairieside’s Hot Cocoa Mix

Ingredients for Hot Cocoa
Ingredients for Hot Cocoa
  • 8 Cups Dried Milk
  • 1 lb. Can Chocolate Nestlé Quick
  • 1 lb [equal to 3 1/2 Cups] Powdered Sugar or 3 ½ Cups Splenda
  • 11 oz. Jar Non-Dairy Creamer
  • 1/3 C. Folgers Decaf or Regular Instant Coffee
Hot Cocoa Canister & Cups are always available in our kitchen for guests.
Hot Cocoa Canister & Cups are always available in our kitchen for guests.

Mix above ingredients.  Note: in the photo of ingredients above you’ll notice a Tupperware cereal keeper on the left.  We measure and toss the ingredients into this container, then snap the lid on top, then shake to mix up the recipe [so easy].  At our, Grand Rapids, Michigan Bed & Breakfast we keep this cocoa mix in a canister with cups right by our instant hot water tap in the kitchen [see picture left].  Guests may indulge themselves with this yummy goodness 24/7.  Some make it with the hot water and others pour coffee over our cocoa mix, careful…this can become a morning ritual!  Any extra mix stores in the original Tupperware cereal keeper.

Directions for using our mix:

  • Fill your cup 1/3 full of our homemade hot cocoa mix.
  • Add hot water or hot coffee over mix and stir.
  • Top with whip cream or chocolate shavings.
  • Fun Twists: During the holidays, stir with a peppermint stick.
  • On those hot summer days our Hot Cocoa mix can be made into an Iced Mocha.
    Iced Mocha is another option!
    Iced Mocha is another option!

    Fill any size cup 1/3 full of our hot cocoa mix. Add 1 tsp (+- to taste) of instant freeze-dried coffee (you can use regular or decaf). Cover the mixture by filling about 1/3 of your cup with hot water. Stir well to mix, then fill your cup with crushed ice and enough cold water to achieve the desired ratio. Top with a little whipped topping, chocolate syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon, mocha powder or nutmeg.

Hot Cocoa Mix is great for gift giving!
Hot Cocoa Mix is great for gift giving!

Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast opened in 2002 when the owners children were teenagers.  This recipe was a family favorite and often enjoyed by their three daughters plus all who stopped by to visit.  Also, do keep this recipe nearby as it makes into a perfect gift for your child’s teacher, the postman, colleagues, friends and family.  My nephew made up these gift jars to give out to friends on his pool league!