It’s yet another chocolate covered morning at Casa Curls and Carrots!
This morning, the Snu Magoo woke up early. She was hungry for her Ima’s light pumpkin bread – slathered in butter and generously drizzled with honey. She can make even the most salubrious dish lay heavy on the hips. To accompany her morning nosh, she requested scrambled eggs (Abba went to work on this task; after all, he is the chicken farmer!) and homemade hot cocoa. Snu Magoo has good taste!
Hot cocoa is incredibly easy to make. Littlest Guy and Snu Magoo consider the warm beverage an extra special morning treat, especially on a brisk Fall morning.
Once you make your own, homemade hot cocoa, you will never purchase another canister of pre-made hot cocoa mix again. “Do it yourself” hot cocoa saves you money and allows you to control the amount of sugar in your kids’ drinks.
Feel free to replace the milk, cinnamon and vanilla with almond milk, nutmeg and almond extract to create a delicious, dairy-free version of hot cocoa. The nutmeg and almond extract best compliment the nutty, creamy almond-milk.
Whisk the cocoa, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon into the hot milk.
MMMMM, chocolate. This hot cocoa is 100% guaranteed to put a smile on your kids’ sweet little faces. Let’s get cooking!
Kids’ Hot Cocoa
Hot. Cocoa. What’s not to like?
2 cups whole milk or un-sweetend, plain almond milk
4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
4 Tbsp. granulated, white sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla vanilla or pure almond extract
1/2 tsp. teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon or nutmeg
1.) Gently warm the milk (or almond milk) over low to medium-low heat, whisking as the milk heats. Heating the milk to quickly will scald the milk.
2.) When the milk is hot, whisk the sugar, cocoa, vanilla (or almond extract) and cinnamon (or nutmeg) into the milk. Whisk vigorously until the cocoa and sugar dissolve into the milk.
3.) Serve immediately – while nice and warm. Enjoy!
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