We have been facing some seriously chilly October weather here in Southern Ontario. This weekend, while celebrating Turkey Day with our family, it was fifteen degrees colder than the same day last year. The winds have been whipping, the trees blowing and we're feeling downright chilled these days. Now, I've taken up knitting this year and am happy to report that I've managed to make toques for all the boys in my household but their hands are still cold, and while mittens are nice (and necessary), we like to warm our small digits with mugs of hot cocoa. Creamy, semi-sweet, spiced hot cocoa.
My little guy loves hot cocoa in all forms, from all places, at all times. My older boy, not so much. He likes to hold warm drinks to keep his hands cozy, but doesn't usually ingest what he's holding. He isn't too fond of steamy beverages and while he's tried this version of hot cocoa, and says it's "pretty good", he's still not interested in drinking it. My youngest and I enjoy it though, and it's nice to chat about our days over a warm drink.
This is a great recipe for your young ones to work on with you. The milk simmers in a pot over very low heat, and while you supervise the stove your sous chefs can measure and manage the addition of the cocoa, chocolate, sugar and cinnamon. Oh yeah, it's the cinnamon that makes this so, so good.
I'm not going to tell you that I made this for my boy to drink with his dinner recently and I probably also won't mention that it accompanied popcorn and apples for their nightly meal. But I will tell you that it was devoured and enjoyed and it put a big smile on a small face. And despite the cold temperatures outdoors, I was quite warm knowing how happy we were with our cocoa, popcorn and apples for dinner.
Have a great day!
Hot Spiced Cocoa, my recipe
2 cups milk, or milk alternative
1 baking square of semi-sweet chocolate
2 tbsp organic cocoa
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
~ Place the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat and allow to simmer to warm. After three or four minutes add the chocolate and allow to melt.
~ Add the cocoa, honey and cinnamon and whisk to combine well.
~ Allow the milk to sit at this heat level until it is nice and warm (or the right temperature for you and your child) and pour into mugs.