Today, hot chocolate was the perfect treat for a pause in our holiday decorating. Miss E said we were “hanging out”. Hanging out with hot chocolate. Miss A missed it as she was still napping.
Hunter, the teenager, dipped a sugar cookie in his hot chocolate while pausing from his holiday jobs which included decorating six outdoor pine trees in lights of his school colors, blue and white. We might keep the lights on all winter for basketball games which kick off this week.
The Hot Chocolate Recipe:
3 1/2 cups skim milk
1 cup cream
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 oz. semi-sweet (or milk) chocolate, chopped
1 TBSP sugar (add more to taste if you’d like…I’m a sweet kinda girl)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup strong brewed coffee
4 cinnamon sticks
Heat the milk/ cream on stove top over medium heat. As it starts to simmer, remove from heat and add chopped chocolate and stir continuously until melted. Add additional ingredients of sugar, vanilla and coffee. Whisk and put back on stove top heat on low to warm again. Add cinnamon sticks and stir. Serve as prepared or throw in a marshmallow or two to finish.