Hot cocoa is a wintertime favorite around here. And although pre-made mixes are convenient (check out our favorites below!), there's nothing like making something from scratch. It's surprisingly easy to make a steaming cup of hot chocolate and chances are that you already have everything you need in your kitchen cabinets!
You will need...
Mix all of these ingredients, plus a pinch of salt, in a pot on the stovetop and whisk together over Medium-Low heat until it's your desired temperature. This only makes enough for one, so make sure to double it if you're sharing. Add some marshmallows to top it off! Here at Sunflower we have all of these ingredients, plus delicious vegan marshmallows and candy canes for stirring! Feel free to use a non-dairy milk (like almond milk or coconut milk) instead.
Stop in soon for ingredients! We can already imagine a candy cane sticking out of your favorite mug and a raft of marshmallows mingling in your cocoa. What better way to enjoy all of this good old New Hampshire snow than by savoring every last drop of your made-from-scratch hot cocoa?
Sugar-Free & Quick Options
Don't have time to make your own? Prefer a sugar-free mix? We haven't forgotten about you! Our InJoy Organics Hot Chocolate mix is sugar-free and is a quick and easy low-cal alternative to making your own cocoa. Our Double Chocolate Maté tea by Republic of Tea is another hot chocolate alternative you might consider. Come by the store today to try out some of these beverages and see which one you like the best. They'd also make fantastic last minute gifts.
By the way, chocolate has some incredible health benefits! On top of its satisfying taste, it offers you plenty of antioxidants and improves your blood flow which can reduce risk of stroke, heart disease, and can even give your vision a boost!
On top of our cocoa selection today, we're also sampling out gingerbread men - see you soon? Make sure you take time to enjoy the little things (like a steaming cup of hot chocolate) this season. It'll be over before you know it!
Health & happiness,
* Post by Julia Marchand