Friday, January 9

Winter Readiness~Hot Cocoa

I think its finally winter here in the South. I say this because I finally closed my windows this week and had to turn on the heat. Granted it hasn't kicked on much, but at least we have to put on jackets or sweaters before we venture outside. With the kids back in school I like to have something warm and comforting when they walk in the door. Since they get home during my smallest crumb snatchers nap time...they walk unless its raining enough to sweep them away.  

Fridays I make them a special treat if they have had good behavior all week. This is one of my son Ryan's favorite treats. Paired with a few chocolate dipped shortbread cookies...its a chocolate lovers haven. I searched for what seems like ages for the perfect recipe. I hate using jello mixes or store bought mixes, yet wanted something quick, simple, and inexpensive without being gritty or overly sweet. I found what seemed like a perfect recipe on Recipezaar, but tweaked it my way and doubled it for our large family.  

Its the ultimate blend of creamy and smooth, rich chocolate with the perfect cinnamon kick. 

The Perfect cup of Hot Cocoa
Serves 4

1 cup Ghirardelli dark chocolate  sauce
4 cups of whole milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup sweetened whipped cream
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
4 cinnamon sticks for added kick and novelty

Combine milk and chocolate sauce in 1-quart microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 5 minutes or until hot.
Stir in ground cinnamon.
Pour into 4 large mugs; garnish with whipped cream, morsels and cinnamon sticks.


♥Reeni said...

There's nothing like a hot cup of cocoa, yummy!

Julia said...

Can you just hop over to my house and make me some of that!!! My feet are cold and my back is aching, my bursitis in my hip is acting up and I need some hot chocolate! YUM! I will have to settle for the instant though.

Stephanie said...

That looks simply delish.

Anonymous said...

YUM! It looks delicious. Save me a cup. I'll be there soon :)

BTW, your blog looks great!!!

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