Just can’t pass up a good deal – even if it means going back into the Christmas boxes that have been put up, and adding another item to it. One of my favorite stores in town had their Christmas items marked down 75% off the original price. The table was picked over, hardly anything left but this ornament caught my eye. I loved the wintery image on it, the ice skaters and snow, most of all I loved the plaid tartan ribbon attached to it. Of course, it came home with me and ended up front and center on a small staged ” Hot Cocoa Station”.
Creamy Hot Cocoa
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
3-1/2 cups milk
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
Combine the cocoa, sugar and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3-1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs, add cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.