Make Your Own Fun
When you are finished with the readings, enjoy some hot cocoa of your own. Here are two recipes you can try. The first is a more traditional method of making hot cocoa. Simply mix the ingredients together, and enjoy! The second recipe has more of an international flare, and is the perfect accompaniment for classrooms studying Christmas around the world.
Traditional Hot Cocoa Mix
- 8 ounces of powdered non-dairy creamer
- 2 1/4 cups of powered sugar
- 16 ounces of powdered chocolate drink mix
- 10 cups of dry milk
- mini marshmallows
- 1 cup of warm water per child
In a large bowl, use a wooden spoon to combine all of the dry ingredients together, except for the mini marshmallows. When you are ready to drink the hot cocoa, provide each child with 1 cup of warm water. (Do not use hot water and risk the children burning their tongues or throats.) Add 4 tablespoons of the dry mix to the warm water, and stir with a spoon. Once completely mixed, add the mini marshmallows for a delicious treat!
With leftover mix, store in a dry, tightly sealed container. This mix also makes a wonderful holiday gift! Fill a small Ziplock bag with the dry mix and top-off with a handful of mini marshmallows.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- dash of salt
- 1 quart of milk
- 2 cups of heavy cream
- 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate
In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients except for the chocolate. Heat until bubbling. Stir in the unsweetened chocolate and whisk until smooth. Serve in mugs or insulated cups that will absorb the heat. REMEMBER: Cocoa can be HOT. Be certain the chocolate drink is cool enough to drink, so that little ones do not burn their tongues or throats.