Hot Cocoa

Brrr! It is cold outside!! Even here in the south the temperatures are frigid! While we’ve not had any snow or ice, we have had below-freezing temperatures for several days at a time…and today the wind just won’t quit!

On cold days like this, a cup of hot cocoa helps warm the bones…especially while sitting in front of a glowing fire. This recipe came from my favorite Fanny Farmer cookbook and is very easy to make. Enjoy it topped with mini-marshmallows or a scoop of whipped cream.

1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa

2 tbsp. sugar

pinch salt

1/2 c. water

4 cups milk (half and half if you like it creamier)

a few drops vanilla (optional)

Whipped cream or mini-marshmallows

Mix the cocoa, sugar, and salt with the water in a medium saucepan and boil gently for 2 minutes. Add the milk and heat slowly just to the boiling point. Beat well with a whisk, and add a few drops of vanilla if desired. Pour into cups and top with your choice of whipped cream or marshmallows.  Makes 3 large mugs or 6 small mugs.

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Kilo Krispies

This recipe comes from a fellow Citadel Mom who shared it on the Facebook page for parents.  I love all the added ingredients to make these a unique krispy treat!  But first of all, do you know what happens when a Pyrex measuring cup falls onto the hardwood floor?   Seriously, I’ve never seen such a mess of glass.  There were little chunks, slivers, and huge pieces all over my kitchen floor. This was my 4-cup measuring cup.  I definitely need to get a new one because I used it all the time.

Here is the recipe for the Kilo Krispies.  I think that next time I make them, I will use a few more marshmallows.  This recipe makes a lot, so cut it in half if you don’t want tons!

9-1/2 c. crisp rice cereal

5 c. oats

2 c. milk chocolate chips

1 c. peanuts

2 large bags marshmallows

1/4 c. honey

1/4 c. butter

1/4 c. vegetable oil

1/4 c. peanut butter

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a very large mixing bowl and set aside.  In a large saucepan over low heat, melt marshmallows and butter stirring constantly to avoid burning.  Add honey, oil and peanut butter, mixing well until peanut butter is melted.

Pour marshmallow mixture over dry ingredients and toss to coat.  Pour into two greased 13×9 baking pans and press down firmly and evenly.  Cool and cut into squares.   I have a huge tray that I used for mine.  It made  about 6 dozen treats about  1/2 inch thick.  These treats are perfect for sending in a care package!

*For variety try using almond or walnut pieces instead of peanuts, semi-sweet chips instead of milk chocolate chips, or raisins or dried fruit.