vanilla + peppermint hot cocoa
When it comes to Christmas I am about as fanatical as they come. As long as I can remember it has always been my favorite time of year, continually outshining all other holidays. It may be because my family went to great lengths to make sure I believed in Santa as long as they possibly could. I always had a huge imagination and when it came to Santa there was no doubt in my mind that he was real. I came to terms with the fact that he was partly fictional when I was 10 and while the “magic” of Christmas did fade some as I’ve grown, I have found that magic can still be found in this season outside of a jolly old man and his sleigh filled with gifts. Though I definitely plan on bringing back that magical old man once I have kiddies of my own.
One of my favorite childhood Christmas memories is sitting by a roaring fire and sipping hot cocoa while my dad read The Chronicles of Narnia. I have since outgrown the Swiss Miss packets that are laden down with corn syrup, carrageenan and hydrogenated oils and replaced them with this simple home made hot cocoa. It may not be quite as easy as adding water and time in the microwave but the extra time put in shines through in the taste.
Other links: While some of you may already be wrapped up in the podcast SERIAL for those of you that are not it is one that you don’t want to wait any longer on. If you’ve never given podcasts much of a chance this is a good one to start off with. My husband and I recently saw the movie WHIPLASHand left the theater completely speechless, it is undoubtedly one of the best films of the year. On the music end I have been enjoying the mellowed sounds of MOONFACE. And just for the joy of the season here is a sweet stop motion /2D animation CHRISTMAS VIDEO.
RAW WHOLE MILK / 1 cup
HONEY / 2 tbsp
CACAO POWDER / 4 tbsp / sifted
VANILLA BEAN POD / 1 pod /cut down the middle
CANDY CANE / 2 sticks
1. Pour your milk into a small sauce pan. Put the vanilla bean pod in with the milk. Heat the milk over medium until too hot to touch but not to a boil.
2. Once milk is heated remove the vanilla bean pods then whisk in the cacao powder and honey. I enjoy a less sweet hot cocoa so if you like it sweeter add more honey. Take note that the candy cane will add some sweetness.
3. Divide the hot cocoa between two mugs and place a candy cane in each mug. Allow the candy cane to steep in the hot cocoa as you sip on it and it will develop a peppermint flavor.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!