White Chocolate Hot Cocoa

20 Feb

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Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention.

Well, this morning was so chilly, I wanted to make cocoa for the kids to warm them up.  But I realized that I had used up the last of the cocoa powder **TRAVESTY**

used it up last night making these amazing brownies. ** WORTH IT** .

(By the way, that recipe is the first one I’ve ever made that had the same fudgey consistency as brownies from a mix.  Usually homemade brownies are too cakey.  I highly recommend )

So how to make Hot Cocoa without cocoa?  Why not try to make white chocolate hot cocoa?IMG_5758

It turned out fabulous–tasted like melted cookies & cream bars.  Actually, that was a little too rich for breakfast, so I’ll use more water and less mix next time.  Here’s my delicious recipe:

White Chocolate Hot Cocoa

2 cups powdered sugar

2 1/2 cups nondairy creamer (I used french vanilla flavored creamer)

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cornstarch

1 tsp vanilla

4-6 cups hot water  (I used the 4 cups  this morning and like I said, too rich for breakfast)

Stirred all together.

If you want to make this as a mix to have in the cupboard, just leave out the vanilla

When you are ready to have your cocoa, stir 1/2 cup of the mix plus 1 cup hot water and 1/4 tsp vanilla.  voila!

**I hope you noticed that the secret to making good homemade Hot Cocoa mix of any flavor us to use nondairy creamer instead of powdered milk.

I think this would make really fun Halloween breakfast (You know, because little ghosts can only eat white food.)

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When I was little, my mom would tell me the story of what happened to little ghosts if they ate food that wasn’t white.  If you don’t know that story, here it is:

 (Makes a great flannel board story for pre-school)

IMG_5763The Chocolate Chip Ghost

Once upon a time, there lived five little ghosts. One day the Mama Ghost went to the refrigerator to find some food for her little ghosts. Do you know what kind of foods that
a ghost has to eat? Yes, they have to eat white food. What kinds of food could they eat?  Vanilla ice cream, cottage cheese and what else? What could they drink? Yes, they
could drink milk. Well, there wasn’t any white food in the house and Mama Ghost needed to go to the grocery store to get food for her five little ghosts.  Before she left, she told the little ghosts not to eat or drink anything that was NOT white. She told them that something dreadful would happen if they did.
After Mama Ghost left, the first little ghost was so thirsty that he went looking for something to drink. He found a small glass of grape juice in the refrigerator. He thought, “Just one little sip won’t hurt!”  Well, what do you suppose happened? YES, he turned purple! The other little ghosts looked at him and said, “Mama told us that something dreadful
would happen and she was right!” The littleghost didn’t want his Mama to see him all purple, so he ran upstairs and hid in the toy box.
The second ghost got so hungry that he went looking for something to eat. He found a carrot in the refrigerator and thought just one bit won’t hurt! So he took one teeny, tiny
little bite and what do you suppose happened? He turned orange! The other little ghosts looked at him and said: “Mama told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right.” The little ghost didn’t want his Mama to see him all orange, so he ran upstairs and hid in the closet.
The third little got so hungry, and he looked for something in the refrigerator for something to eat. He found some spinach and what do you suppose happened? He turned green! The other ghosts looked at him and said: “Mama told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right.” The little ghost did not want his Mama to see him all green so he ran upstairs and hid under the bed.

 The fourth little ghost became so hungry,and he looked in the refrigerator for something to eat. He found a bowl of strawberries and thought just a taste won’t hurt. So, he took one teeny bite of a strawberry and what do you suppose happened? He turned red! The other ghost looked at him and said: “Mama told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right!” The little ghost didn’t want his Mama to see him all red so he ran upstairs and hid behind the door!
The fifth little ghost said, “I’m so hungry, but I will not do what my brothers did. I’ll look in the freezer and see if there is maybe just a little vanilla ice cream. When he
looked in the freezer there was some ice cream and it was almost vanilla. It was white with little brown pieces of chocolate in it.  So, the ghost said: “This shouldn’t hurt me–
those little pieces of chocolate are so tiny.” He ate one spoonful and became a chocolate chip ghost! He certainly didn’t want his Mama to see him all spotted. So, he ran upstairs and hid in the bathtub!
When Mama Ghost came home, she knew something was wrong when she didn’t see her little ghosts. She went upstairs to look for her children.
She found the first (purple) ghost in the toy box.
She found the second (orange) little ghost in the closet.
The third little ghost(green) was under the bed.
And the fourth little ghost(red) was behind the door!
And the fifth little ghost(chocolate chip) was in the bathtub!
When she found all of them, she said: “Little Ghosts! I told you that something dreadful would happen and it did!” Whatever can we do to get you white again
for Halloween?”  She called the ghost doctor and this is what he told her to do: “Keep all of the little ghosts in bed for five days and give them nothing but vanilla ice cream and
milk. They should be okay and ready for Halloween!”
So, that is what she did and by Halloween night, the five little ghosts were all white again and ready to go out haunting and spooking and shouting
BOOOOOOO! And, they never ate anything that wasn’t white again!
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4 Responses to “White Chocolate Hot Cocoa”

  1. Katie February 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM #

    I’m so glad you posted the ghost story, I’ve tried to make it up for my boys but never remembered it quite right.
    Also, I want to have some white hot cocoa. But I’d rather that you made it for me

  2. Ceg February 21, 2013 at 11:34 PM #

    White Cocoa party at Becca’s house it is! Sounds delicious! (as do the brownies!)

  3. The Cutter February 23, 2013 at 6:59 AM #

    This could also serve as the backstory for the ghosts in Pac-Man

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