We also enjoy hot chocolate occasionally, but nesquick comes to about $9.00 a kilo. Assuming you use equal amounts of hot chocolate and milk powder, that comes to $7.35 a kilo. I decided to try to save a bit of money by making our own;
- 4 teaspoons powdered milk ($5.70 a kilo)
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar ($2.80 a kilo)
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder ($10 a kilo)
- Sprinkle of Chinese 5 spice powder. ($4.75 per container, not required but I like the taste)
- Mix the ingredients together in a mug.
- Add a small amount of cold water and mix well. Not really nessecary, but I find it makes it smoother.
- Top with boiling water, mix well
When you take into the cost of all the ingredients that went into this, it comes to about $6. There's some savings but nothing too drastic. Even when it's in the $6 range, I still consider it a poor mans hot chocolate. Why? For two reasons.
- All of the ingredients excluding the cocoa powder have alternate uses that Nesquick or substitutes couldn't offer.
- In my opinion, this tastes better than simple Nesquick and milk. It's basic optimization; if you can get better quality for essentially the same price, there's no reason not to do so.
The take home point of this exercise for me was this; Being cost effective isn't just about looking at the bottom line. It's about making the best use of what you have available.