snow day hot cocoa

the best part of any snow day - rich, creamy hot cocoa.  chocolate, milk & sugar.  it'll bring out the kid in all of us!

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when you think about hot cocoa, what comes to mind?  for me there is an instant association with snow, cold weather & fun.  growing up, whenever it snowed my mom would make us cozy, steaming, rich mugs of hot cocoa to chase away the chill of a long day out playing in the snow.  it always made those snowy winter days that much more special.

there is a fundamental difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate.  i always associate hot chocolate as being a grown up version of cocoa.  deeper, stronger flavors, with an emphasis on the chocolate itself. cocoa, on the other hand, is all about balance - basic ingredients simply prepared. just cocoa powder, sugar and milk. that's it, nothing fancy. cozy and craveable. this recipe - my mom's recipe - gets it right, every time. the chocolate-to-sugar ratio is perfect -- chocolatey but not cloying, sweet but not too sweet. creamy and cozy. this is the essence of childhood in a cup. 

go outside and play, then come in and make a big mug of this hot cocoa.  it'll chase away the chill and wrap you up in a blanket of warm, creamy, cozy chocolate bliss. enjoy!    

recipe: snow day hot cocoa

serves: 1

ingredients:

  • 1 mug almond milk - or milk of choice
  • 1 heaping Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

method:

  1. in a small saucepan over low heat, whisk together the milk, cocoa and sugar until combined
  2. heat until the mix starts to simmer
  3. remove from heat, pour into mug & enjoy!

xoxo,

h & s