Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hot Chocolate

Happy Sunday! I made sugar cookies tonight. Someone please remind me next time I want to make them to just wait until my kids are old enough to enjoy it. The millions of steps with a clingy, grabby toddler is just not worth it! I was amazed at how many cookies that kid managed to stick his hands in, even when I thought they were out of reach! (He also somehow grabbed my cell phone and threw it squarely into a freshly frosted cookie...but hey, that's just life with a toddler!)

So, as chilly weather is slowly but surely coming my way, I am elated the hot chocolate season is beginning! My new obsession is perfecting the art of GREAT hot chocolate. We used to frequent Hatch's Family Chocolates in Salt Lake City and the South Bend Chocolate Cafe when we lived in South Bend, Indiana. Their hot chocolates taste like straight-up melted European chocolate. (None of this Hershey's stuff.) Mmmmmm!

Thank you, Google Images, for the photo. It was too dark to take a photo of my concoction last night.

So far, this is what I've learned about making fabulous homemade hot cocoa.
  1. Start with a chunk of GREAT chocolate. We just bought a few ounces of Gittuird __ at our beloved Milk Pail in Palo Alto. (Amazingly, the chocolate cost $1.45) Cut the chocolate into small pieces.
  2. Put milk and chocolate slivers in a small saucepan—about 1 ounce of chocolate per cup of milk. Add a couple of T. sugar, depending on your sweetness preference.
  3. Heat milk until it is hot but not bubbling. Stir frequently.
  4. Toward the end, add a bunch of mini marshmallows and allow them to melt partially so the cocoa gets good and frothy!
  5. Serve with a cinnamon stick for stirring. Enjoy!

And as a side note... It's a boy!


Melanie said...

Congratulations on another boy! Of course I'm a fan of all-boy families myself. :)

And I laughed out loud at the sugar cookie experience. I'll just say a big AMEN!

Shanda said...

OH my gosh I was CRAVING the SB Hot Chocolate two days ago! That was so good! I'm going to try your recipe out! Especially because snow is in our forecast for tomorrow and the rest of this week. Yum! And thank you so much for your sweet comment on my post, I want you to know that your post about running your half marathon really inspired me! What an awesome way to push yourself, and enjoy it too! OH, and I can't remember if I posted this on your other blog or not, but I'm so happy for your new little one! You're going to have so much fun!!!

Courtney said...

Whenever I tell Bria I am going to make cookies, I immediately regret it because she instantly begins to ask for cookies. (And that asking quickly becomes begging, then demanding.) She does not understand the concept of mixing the ingredients one by one and then baking them and then cooling the cookies. It's a disaster! Plus, she is too interested in the mixer and what I'm doing and just wants to be held the whole time I'm baking. It's just ridiculous.

Also, yea for having a boy! Congratulations!

Jamie said...

Two boys! Woo hoo. That will be perfect for toy-sharing and room-sharing. On Sundays they can wear matching sweater vests, one of my favorite things ever! Besides, you make exceptionally cute boys. Congratulations.

By the way, I might have to make that pizza this week. It looks delicious. Thanks for the parchement paper trick.