Get Out There! (And then come in for cocoa)

Make some memories this winter.

In the Northeast, we get to experience a truly traditional winter.  When I was little, there was nothing more fun than enjoying a day with fresh, powdery snow.  Sledding down hills, making a snowman or snow-angel, or making a snow fort with friends were perfect ways to spend hours outside.

Everyone gets hot cocoa.

Check out our favorite recipes for Hot Chocolate below—classic, gluten free and vegan.  We let our friends choose if they want whipped cream, marshmallows, or a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.  Whether you make the cocoa from scratch or you find a packet of the instant stuff in the cupboard, it is sure to bring a smile.

Easy & Gluten Free Cocoa

  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped or grated
  • 3 3/4 of milk (you can also use a dairy free alternative)
  • Keep chocolate in a medium bowl.
  • Bring milk to almost a boil.
  • Start slowly pouring 1 cup of the milk over the chocolate—whisking it as you go. 
  • Keep the rest of the milk on the heat. 
  • Whisk the chocolate and milk so the chocolate melts and they start to come together.    
  • Pour the rest of the milk over the chocolate while whisking.
  • Serves 3


Easy & Vegan Cocoa

(in addition to the ingredients below, we add a dash of cayenne pepper and a dash of cinnamon to give it extra flair)

  • 5 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 5 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4 of unsweetened soy milk (we also tested this with light coconut milk and it was delightful)
  • Start heating the milk over a low simmer while whisking.  Slowly add the other ingredients—while whisking,  
  • Serves 3


Easy & My Favorite Cocoa

  • 1 cups of unsweetened cocoa 
  • 5 tbsp of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 (14 oz.) can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Combine first 5 ingredients in a saucepan and whisk while heating over a medium flame.  Continue whisking and slowly add the water and milk.  Serves 5
Hot cocoa with friends after a fun day outside?  Yes, please!

Hot cocoa with friends after a fun day outside?  Yes, please!

Kim Towers