When it comes to hot cocoa, I've made every variation you can possibly imagine. And then some. I like to think of myself as a mad scientist in the kitchen. Some days I have a recipe that I follow to a tee, and other days I just toss things together and hope for the best. Some days it works out, and some days--well let's just say some days it's a good thing we live close to so many restaurants.
As you may have deduced from the picture above, I've once again found a new ingredient to add to my ever growing list of hot cocoa recipes. International Delight Cold Stone Creamery "Hot for Cookie" coffee creamer. (That's quite a mouthful). I stumbled upon this yummy "secret" ingredient by pure chance last week. While out running errands, I remembered we were dangerously low on coffee creamer. In our household, coffee is as essential as water, with creamer running a close second.
Since Little J was loudly voicing her displeasure at being dragged through the supermarket, I quickly grabbed the first creamer my hand came into contact with. I didn't realize until I was next in line that I had strayed from my typical brand, but I figured I'd give it a shot. And wouldn't you know, it turned out to be pretty fantastic. And by pretty fantastic I mean downright delicious.
I soon found myself trying to eat it in and on just about everything. Enter my Chocolate Chip Hot Cocoa recipe. A kitchen experiment gone right in a very big way.
For this recipe, you will need:
1.5 cups whole milk
1/4 cup of International Delight "Hot for Cookie" coffee creamer
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan and place on stove. Allow mixture to simmer over a low heat, stirring occasionally. Once the cocoa is nice and hot, pour into mug of choice and pile on the marshmellows. Garnish with cinnamon if desired. Enjoy!
So now you'll have some delicious hot cocoa to help you and your kiddos to cope with yet another polar vortex. What the heck is a polar vortex anyway?
Have you ever tried using creamer in your hot cocoa? Do you have any tasty hot cocoa recipes you'd like to share? Be sure to link them up in the comments below.