Some of you that are parents of little ones will totally understand how this goes. The kiddos were getting a little stir crazy in the late afternoon, I could see a patch of lovely sunlight coming through the window and it seemed like a great opportunity to go outdoors.
I announced we were going to take the dog for a walk- which leads to the dog going into a frenzy of excitement. For a normal person, they would grab a leash and a doggie bag- maybe the keys and be out the door in 30 seconds. For those of us with toddlers, it took about 30 minutes of wrestling into jackets, putting all our treasures that were absolutely imperative to bring into a backpack (such as a Sleeping Beauty snow globe and strawberry hand sanitizer), and a minor tantrum over shoes that were too hard to put on.
So in the span of time it took to get ourselves outside it started to sprinkle. Our poor little dog was so thrilled to go for a walk, I didn’t have the heart to cancel the adventure. (You try saying no to this handsome face!) Once we got into raincoats and got umbrellas and now some rain boots- we were finally on the way for a 10 minute walk around the block.
By the time we got home it was fully raining, Mommy was carrying every single thing (including a shattered snow globe, a 3 year old, unspeakable horror inside the doggie bag, and managing the leash of a 100lb dog that thinks it is Christmas) -the kiddos were soggy but ready for round 2 of entertainment. Mommy was ready for a bath and stiff drink. Normally I might pack them into the car to hit Starbucks for a hot chocolate but this particular day I decided to just try and make it myself at home.
And let me tell you it is SO easy to make at home and you probably already have the ingredients on hand.
I really hope you try this. It is so rich and creamy and just a perfect little treat to brighten your day.
Here is the recipe for roughly 16oz of hot chocolate. You could also double this batch and keep it warm in a small crock pot for parties.
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 1½ cup milk (I used 2%)
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- Add water, cocoa and sugar into a microwave safe bowl and heat for approximately 40 seconds or until warm. Mix well to create the chocolate syrup.
- Add milk and vanilla and stir well.
- Heat in the microwave for about 60 seconds or until hot.
- Serve with whipped cream or marshmallows.
And now you can serve it straight or you can serve with marshmallows. My girls like whatever seasonal shape of marshmallow happens to be available. Here we have little hearts for Valentine’s Day.
Or if you want to be a little extra fancy, you can simply take a layer of whipped cream and spread it on a baking dish or just a plate. Pop in the freezer until solid. Use a cookie cutter to pop shapes out of the whipped cream. In the photo above I used a tiny heart shape cookie cutter. The extra whipped cream can be added right back into the container or you can do a bunch of shapes and put them in the freezer bag for future mugs of hot chocolate.
These frozen whipped cream shapes work really well to cool down the chocolate for kiddos and you won’t believe how thrilled they will be.
You could also dollop whipped cream on top and add some sprinkles. I guarantee that will bring smiles.
PS: I used 2% milk and I am guessing a 12 oz cup will be about 200 calories. This still tastes wonderful with nonfat milk and that will bring the calories down to roughly 160. For extra decadence you could mix a little cream or whole milk but this is already a really rich and creamy drink so I don’t think it needs it.
Here are a few more recipes you might enjoy:
- Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars
- Easy Crockpot Applesauce
- 5 Minute Blackberry Cobbler
- Crock Pot Apple Cider
- Creamy Cauliflower Soup
- 5 minute jam
- Chai Sugar Cookies
- Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
- Molten Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Mexican Grilled Corn
- Crock Pot Maple and Brown Sugar Steel Cut Oatmeal
- Halloween Popcorn Recipes
The recipe for the hot chocolate is courtesy of Top Secret Recipes.com and the recipe for the whipped cream is courtesy of Taste of Home.