In the US, November marks the Thanksgiving holiday. But many of us are especially thankful for food memories we have shared with friends or relatives throughout our lives. Was it a special meal you ate as a child? Or, maybe it was a food you grew and harvested with your own children. Please share one of your favorite food memories and the healthier “redo” of the recipe.
Today I am remembering my sweet grandmother, Nini as she was known to the grand kids. Occasionally, she would invite us over for a hot cocoa party. This was a huge deal! She had adorable tiny sugar cookies from a local bakery, a hot cocoa set that looked like a tea pot with matching tiny cups. We were even allowed to drink the hot chocolate in her living room...on the white carpet!
It sure is simple to rip open a packet of hot cocoa mix, add hot water and stir until dissolved. It you take a minute to read the ingredient list, however, it may challenge you to rethink that cup! From partially hydrogenated oils to ingredients I cannot pronounce, I think there is a better way.
My brother in law is from Belgium and he taught my sister and I a simple way to make "Real Food" hot chocolate. I tweaked it a bit by adding a pinch of cinnamon!
Real Food Hot Chocolate
- 1 mugful of milk
- 1 ounce or so of your favorite dark chocolate, broken into pieces
- 1 pinch of cinnamon powder (optional)
- Grab your favorite mug and pour in milk (easiest way to measure!)
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the dark chocolate and milk and whisk while heating.
- Continue heating and whisking until mixture is warm and steamy, but not boiling. Add pinch of cinnamon if desired and pour into your mug.