On these cold, cold days we could treat our kids and ourselves to a packet of hot chocolate. After all , there is quite a bit of love in serving this when it is not an everyday treat. But here is where I will tell you how to turn this into an opportunity to show "a whole lotta love". I'll let you in on a little secret about me that was inspired by Mrs. Doubtfire..........
"I can hip-hop..... be-bop.....dance till ya drop, and yo yo, make a wicked cup of cocoa."
And you can make a homemade wicked cup of cocoa, too, in 5 minutes!!!! Believe me.. you can and your family will treasure your efforts!!
Before you think I am some Julia Child and came up with the "lotta love wicked hot cocoa" recipe myself, I will stop you. This recipe is from Paula Deen and I will forever love her for it. And now I will share the love with you........
1 can sweetened condensed milk (low fat for us!)
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa ( I use half milk chocolate and half dark chocolate)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon of salt
6 1/2 cups hot water (I get mine from the tea kettle)
In a large saucepan, combine condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla and salt - mix well. Over medium heat slowly stir in water. Heat through, stirring occasionally. Do not boil. Store leftovers up to five days in fridge. And believe me the leftovers are even yummier!!!
Let me know how yours turns out!! Remember, a little love goes a long way and a little more love goes even further!!! Enjoy!