It started out a perfect wintery day. We woke up to 7 inches of snow, with more coming down. My brother dropped off his kids to play with Little Boy while he ran errands. Meanwhile, the temp rose just enough for the snow to turn to freezing rain, and when the kids went out to play in the snow, even they were miserable (that’s something, for kids to be miserable in the snow!). When they came in, I served them warm hot chocolate and snow ice cream. And loaded up the dryer with soppy wet clothes.
Hot Coco-Cocoa (per mug–adjust amounts to taste)
- 1 c. Whole milk
- 1 Tbls. Cocoa powder
- 1 Tbls. Maple syrup and/or sucanat
- Dash of sea salt
- 1 Tbls. Coconut oil
- Splash of vanilla
Start out with just enough milk in the pan to whisk the cocoa into a paste, then add more milk gradually, whisking almost constantly over medium heat. Add everything else except vanilla and heat til hot. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Adults get a sprinkle of cayenne atop.
Snow Ice Cream
Get a bowlful of clean snow. Add pure maple syrup, heavy cream and a little vanilla, stir until incorporated and just starting to melt. Serve at once.
I don’t usually serve so much sweetness in one day, but what can I say? It’s a snow day. At least there were plenty of good fats to keep them warm and support their immune systems.