Grand Rapids Bed & Breakfast

PrairieSide Suites Famous Hot Cocoa

A guest experience would not be complete without trying our Famous Hot Cocoa. Offered and kept stocked fresh in our kitchen year-round along with our bottomless sweet treats.  You can grab both, then return to your room to slip into one of our super-snuggly, PrairieSide robes and hibernate with your someone special.

Our guests especially love to warm up next to their fireplace or in their jacuzzi tub with a cup of our heart warming Hot Cocoa that invokes memories of other visits at PrairieSide Suites. There’s nothing more special than remaking a wonderful memory.  Make up this recipe and surprise him or her with a taste from PrairieSide at your home.

Also, do keep this recipe nearby as it makes into a perfect gift for your child’s teacher, the postman, colleagues, friends and family.  Please check out the picture at the bottom of the page… My nephew made up these gift jars to give out to friends on his pool league.  You are never to old to enjoy receiving a simple gift of love!

PrairieSide’s Hot Cocoa Mix

  • 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

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.

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.

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.  It has been a guest favorite for well over 20 years now.  Spread some love and make up a batch today.

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