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Snowy Hot Chocolate

February 08,2010
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

Did you all (and by “all” I am referring to us Mid-Atlantic/Midwest/East Coasters) enjoy the big snow over the weekend? As I dropped R off for afternoon kindergarten on Friday, it was snowing “snow globe” style much to the glee of R’s schoolmates. When we arrived at school, the 1st – 5th graders were outside having recess, making humungous snowballs for a giant snow man. What fun. Is there anything better than a snowy recess? Kids have it all right when it comes to snow attitude. Have fun, let loose, and enjoy the magical transformation that a big snow creates. Some of us grown-ups get far too grumpy and bent-out-shape. Perhaps one of the reasons my boys in particular love a big snow, besides the fact that playing in snow is just plain fun, is that we have a special Sweet Pea tradition. Whenever we go sledding, shoveling or playing in the snow, we have to come in and have a big ole’ mug of hot chocolate. This is a quick and easy way to make a quick cup of hot chocolate. Of course you can use the instant packets, but this works just as well and is all natural. Snowy Hot Chocolate 6-8 ounces of milk 3 Hershey Kisses Sprinkling of coconut (the snow!) Combine the milk and kisses in a microwave safe mug. Microwave on 50% power for one minute increments until the chocolate has fully melted. Stir between each session in the microwave. Sprinkle with shredded coconut and let sit for about 3-4 minutes to let the coconut get nice and soft. When I say that hot chocolate is in the works, suddenly my boys become the most eager of shovel-ers, quickly moving to go outside. Now, if I can only ensure this eagerness continues when they are teenagers? SPC