When my children were little, they loved to all pile into the car and drive around looking at the Christmas lights. They would ooh and aah over the lights, sing to the Christmas music playing in the car, and drink…milkshakes – or eat ice cream.
What can I say? We live in the south. They have never really acquired a taste for hot cocoa because truthfully, it’s just too darn hot to drink in 70+ degree weather. But there was always something in me that wanted to bundle them up and put a cup of warm cocoa in their little mittened hands.
I ran across this recipe for Hot Cocoa milkshakes a few years back. I wish I would have had it when they were little. I think it would have made the Christmas light sightseeing experience so much richer. At least it would have for me. Snow would have helped, too!
• 6 half-ounce pieces of your favorite chocolate
• 2 teaspoons hot chocolate mix
• 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
• 1 1/2 cups milk
• 3 cups ice
• Whipped cream
• Chocolate shavings, candy canes, mini chocolate chips…whatever makes you feel Christmassy!
Break or chop the chocolate into small pieces and place it in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler, use a heavy saucepan and stir over low heat. Add the cocoa and sugar, stirring constantly until thoroughly blended. Remove from heat and slowly add 1/2 cup of the milk and stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
In a blender place the remaining cup of milk, the room temperature chocolate mixture, and the ice. Blend on high speed until smooth. Top with whipped cream and any other toppings you choose.
Hope you enjoy it,
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