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Make Your Own Instant Mocha Cappuccino Mix Recipe

  I have been enjoying General Foods Mocha for years! What I don’t enjoy is the price for those little tins (which, sadly,  aren’t even tin anymore! At least you used to get a nice little tin for storing your buttons, or what have you in when you finished the coffee), or the lack of control over what goes into it!
Store bought instant mocha mixes cost between the high $3 ( if your lucky up to $5, and don’t last very long. You can easily make your own in five minutes with ordinary ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry for less than half the cost!
An added bonus is that you know exactly what is in it and can tailor it to suit your dietary needs, desires or tastes!
Here is my basic recipe. I will list what I most often use first and then some possible substitutions after that:
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Instant Mocha Cappuccino Mix
1 cup powdered whole milk ( see “notes” below) or non fat milk or non-dairy creamer
3/4 granulated sugar or equivalent sweetener of your choice
3/4 cup powdered (10X) sugar or equivalent powdered sweetener of your choice ( I add powdered sugar for mix-ability, you can always substitute the equivalent amount of any sugar or sweetener of your choice!)
1/4- 1/2 cup instant coffee granules, regular, decaf ( my fave!) or even an herbal, non-coffee substitute. Add more if you like more coffee flavor.
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, carob powder, hot cocoa mix. Ovaltine, chocolate malted milk mix,  or almost any chocolatey drink mix ( just be sure to use about half of the sugar of your mix is already sweetened!)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, almond, mint or almost any other flavoring you wish!
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and or the same amount of grated orange peel, cardamom, nutmeg, etc.

Add your ingredients into a small bowl for easy handling, as I have shown here. I suggest mixing this twice, once Mocha Mixwith a whisk to incorporate everything an then using a wooden spoon to stir, while pressing the mixture up against the sides of the bowl to help break up any little chunks of coffee, milk, extract or spice. And… Voila!… You are done!
To make Mocha Cappuccino, just add two tablespoons of mix to a 6-8 ounce cup of hot water!

The possible flavorings are endless too! You can make a peppermint mocha just by substituting peppermint extract for the vanilla, or omit the cocoa powder and reduce the sugar by half and add extra vanilla and a hint of cinnamon and spices for a Viennese Cafe. Have fun and change up the flavors each time you make a new batch! Just be sure to store you mix in a zip lock bag or, my favorite, canning jars, for freshness and label what’s what!

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Notes:

*Add more or less, or omit, of any of the ingredients to your liking.
* Using the best possible quality ingredients yields the best cappuccino. All of these ingredients can be used in other baking and cooking, so good quality will definitely pay off here. Frugal is something to be applauded, cheap is not!
* If you cannot find powdered whole milk, check the Spanish foods section! I find it there for half the cost of regular dried milk elsewhere in the super market.You can also try a natural foods market.

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