Monday, December 10, 2012

Family Night and Recipe: Best Ever Hot Cocoa

Christmas is in the Air!
Big Sis had a BIG project to do for school.  
Well, I should say that it started out as a little project and then things got a bit carried away!  
She had to journal about a run-a-way Gingerbread Man and before I knew it I had promised her she could take over the kitchen and make cookies.  Yes, I did forget that Daddy was working late and I had 3 other Little people to take care of too.  I decided to turn it into a Movie Night in the kitchen!  
The 3 Littles laid on the table with their blankets and pillows, watched a really fun Christmas Movie starring Tim Allen and sipped on some Hot Chocolate!

I have heard that this is the best Hot Chocolate in the World and I'd like to claim the recipe as my own, but once again the product packaging stole the show! You can find it on the side of the Hershey's Cocoa Powder Container.
Here it is...now invite some friends over and WOW them with your crazy Hot Cocoa Making Skills!

Hot Cocoa
You can find the Original Recipe HERE
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa

Dash salt
1/3 cup hot water
4 cups (1 qt.) milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream (optional) 

1 Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil.
2 Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy. Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired. Five 8-oz. servings.

VARIATIONS: Add one of the following with the vanilla extract:
SPICED COCOA: 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Serve with cinnamon stick, if desired.
MINT COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon mint extract OR 3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy OR 2 to 3 tablespoons white creme de menthe. Serve with peppermint candy stick, if desired. 

CITRUS COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon orange extract OR 2 to 3 tablespoons orange liqueur. SWISS MOCHA: 2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee.
COCOA AU LAIT: Omit marshmallows or whipped cream. Spoon 2 tablespoons softened vanilla ice cream on top of each cup of cocoa at serving time.
SLIM-TRIM COCOA: Omit sugar. Combine cocoa, salt and water; substitute nonfat milk. Proceed as above. With vanilla, stir in sugar substitute with sweetening equivalence of 1/2 cup sugar.
CANADIAN COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon maple extract.
MICROWAVE SINGLE SERVING: Combine 1 heaping teaspoon HERSHEY'S Cocoa, 2 heaping teaspoons sugar and dash salt in microwave-safe cup or mug. Add 2 teaspoons cold milk; stir until smooth. Fill cup with milk. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Stir to blend; serve. 

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