St. Patrick’s Day and Hot Cocoa

Today we have Eileen from The Joy of Caking joining us.  She’s one of our favorite food bloggers and Molly’s been an avid follower of hers for several years.  (Could it be because she hooked Molly up with the genesis of the greatest Chocolate Chip Cookie eVeR recipe?)  After you read this go and check her out.  She does great stand-bys like her white cake recipe.  When she ventures into cooking she  makes yummy things like asparagus soup.

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching and I although I’m not sure if I even have an ounce of Irish blood in my body I have always secretly wished I was Irish.

Maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to drink green beer.  Nah- I doubt it.  Or maybe it’s just because of my love for Irish music.  Speaking of which, you can listen to it on Jango.  Free on-line, non-stop, uinterrupted music- can you beat that?

Anyway, one of these days when I have nothing better to do I’ll dig into my families ancestry and see if I can come up with a drop or two of Irish blood. I’m holding out hope since red hair and fair skin does run in our family.

Just to be clear, hot cocoa did not originate in Ireland. The first chocolate drink is thought to have originated a couple thousands of years ago by the Maya people. I just thought since I was going to serve the cocoa in my cute little Irish cups, and I’m already getting into the St. Patrick’s Day mood, I’d mention my secret desire to be Irish. It’s scary how my mind works isn’t it?

This simple hot cocoa recipe is adapted from Hershey’s 1934 Cookbook. The cocoa is rich tasting but not fattening since I use skim milk to make mine. You can use any kind of milk you have on hand.

Hot Cocoa

Hot Cocoa Recipe

2 heaping tbsp. double Dutch cocoa

3 tbsp. granulated sugar

Dash of salt

2 c. milk

¼ tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

In a medium saucepan, add cocoa, sugar, salt, milk and vanilla; mix ingredients thoroughly. Warm ingredients on medium heat; stirring frequently. Do not bring to  a boil. Pour into your favorite mugs and top with marshmallows or whipped cream. This recipe makes two 8 oz. cups.

YUM!

Cheers to St. Patrick, and a big thanks to Mike and Molly for the opportunity to guest post for their terrific blog!

Thank you Eileen!

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12 Comments

  1. Posted February 28, 2012 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Yum! I always prefer making hot cocoa from scratch it tastes so much better!

  2. Posted February 28, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Oh yum!  It is cold and dreary here today, this would be the perfect treat!

    • Posted February 28, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      It’s nasty here at our house right now.  It’s snowing and the wind is blowing gusts of 40mph wind right now.  Perfect hot cocoa weather!

  3. Posted February 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I am seriously regretting giving up sugar for lent right now!  Eilleen’s cocoa looks lovely and delicious. I will have to surprise my children with a cup and try not to look too pathetic while I watch them drink it. :)

  4. Posted February 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Hey Eileen, I’m stalking you, LOL!! Great recipe and where did you find that mug, uber cute!

    • Eileen
      Posted February 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sandra.  I’m glad your stalking me – lol… I got the mugs at the Christmas Tree Shop.  Their prices are so reasonable too.  Do you have those in your neck of the woods?

  5. Posted February 29, 2012 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Gotta tell ya, it’s pretty awesome being Irish.

  6. Posted February 29, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Looks  so delicious! But the hot cocoa season is over here in Los Angeles. I just saw some California Poppies in my neighborhood and my red “shiso” basil started sprouting like crazy!!! I thought they were clovers but no! They are voluntarily sprouting from the last year’s pots! Time to sprinkle seeds in every pots we have :) So maybe next (short) winter, I will try this :)  

    • Posted March 1, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      Oh man – you had to rub it in didn’t you!  I love poppies, planting, and warm weather!

  7. April Harris
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    This sounds lovely – there’s nothing like good old fashioned hot chocolate. It looks lovely in those pretty Irish mugs too!

  8. Posted February 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Love hot chocolate – and it would be a great day to have some here in Iowa – we don’t have snow, but are under a wind advisory – it’s gusting up to 55 mph!

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