Hot chocolate is your comforting friend when it's 14 degrees outside!
Creamy Cocoa for when it's so Cocoacold~
Makes four servings
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan.
Blend in the boiling water.
Bring this mixture to a slow boil and stir constantly.
Simmer, while stirring, for about 2 minutes.
Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot.
Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla.
Stir in1/2 and 1/2.
Top with whipping cream and a dash of cinnamon sugar. Crushed peppermint makes a yummy topping too! Mmmmmmm
These vintage transferware steins have been our fave hot chocolate mugs for years. There are six colors: green, blue, purple, brown, black and red, one for each of my kids. ;-)
Each of the Royal Staffordshire stein features an English castle depiction.
O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know.