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Posts tagged ‘hot cocoa’
Posted: December 23rd, 2013
Rice Krispie Treats from SparkPeople will keep little hands busy, sticky over holiday break.

Rice Krispie Treats from SparkPeople will keep little hands busy, sticky over holiday break.

Anyone ready for Christmas? Since it already is Christmas? Just barely, but still.
I have an immense wrapping project looming, which should be fun, I guess, but I’d rather sit in the recliner and stare at the tree, waiting for the wrapping fairies to do their thing.
But I don’t have any wrapping fairies. So I guess it’ll be me and the paper/tape/scissors/tissue/tags/pens/bows/ribbons tonight.
Sigh.
I’ve decided the most important thing, though, which is what to nosh and slurp whilst I work. Mary Poppins would approve of my choices:
Mint Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats (perhaps a good project for bored kiddies home from school) and Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” Hot Cocoa.
A dollop of peppermint schnapps might find its way into my cocoa, too.
At any rate, merry merry to you and yours. Come back tomorrow to find out if I actually wrapped anything, or if I put it off again until the last second.

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Posted: December 14th, 2012

It's hard to beat hot cocoa -- made with coffee -- dressed with peppermint Schnapps.

For years, I’ve filled Christmas baskets with yummies for family people. One year, I made hot cocoa mix and gave it away. I wound up with a jar left over and put it in the cupboard. For years.
Just never thought about it, really. It seemed like something for a special occasion, but for whatever reason, the occasion failed to present itself.
Last year about this time, my brother and I found ourselves together, shockingly, at a liquor store. I saw a bottle of Peppermint Schnapps. He was feeling expansive and bought it for me “for Christmas.”
Finally, about two weeks ago, the special occasion arose: I unpacked a set of four glass footed mugs with holly etching and gold rims.
Then I felt thirsty.
Then I reached for the cocoa, and the Schnapps fell out of the cupboard and hit me in the head. No, not really, but that would have been funny.
We wound up with two mugs of what has become an instant Hutchison tradition: In the mug, scoop in 1/3 cup cocoa mix, measure 1 ounce of Schnapps, fill with coffee, and squirt with fat-free Redi Whip. Then squirt some Redi Whip into your mouth (Hey, it’s fat free!) put the cap on and return it to the refrigerator.
I’m going to try it again tonight, as a matter of fact, just to confirm my initial findings, which are that it was awesome.
But I might kick it up a notch with this:

WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT HOT COCOA MIX
2 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup marshmallows (I might leave those out. The powders dry them out and they get too chewy.)
16 peppermint sticks

Combine all the ingredients except the peppermint sticks in a large, tightly lidded glass jar.
– “Sweet Christmas,” by Sharon Bowers

Use however you want: I mean, if you aren’t sure who on your list would fully appreciate its potential, you might as well just keep it.

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