Hot chocolate on a cold day

RecyclaXmasAs the weather has gotten colder, Recycla’s family has been enjoying numerous cups of hot chocolate. Rather than buy the instant stuff in individual packets, Recycla prefers to go the more eco friendly route. There are two ways to do this:

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Buy instant hot chocolate in large tins. There’s less waste this way and the tins are usually recyclable. This also tends to be more cost effective. They’re simple to mix up, plus the milk can be heated in the microwave. You’ll have your warm drink in about a minute.

Make your own hot chocolate with ingredients you have on hand. This is quite simple, actually. If you have 5-10 minutes, you can make an amazing hot cocoa on your stove top.

Favorite Hot Cocoa

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • dash salt
  • other flavors, to taste — cinnamon, a smidge of chili powder, peppermint extract, etc.

Heat water and milk insaucepan over medium heat until bubbles form around the edges. Add in other ingredients and use a whisk to thoroughly blend the ingredients. Heat another minute or two. DO NOT BOIL. (For an even richer flavor, boost the cocoa powder by another tablespoon or two.)

And that’s it. Easy, right?

Recycla’s daughters prefer this slower hot chocolate, as it’s richer and thicker than the instant versions. It’s so good, they’re willing to wait for it. And, the recipe is so easy that they can make it themselves.

So skip those paper packets of thin hot chocolate and go for the real stuff. Your taste buds will appreciate it.

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