Well, in Whoville they say — that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then — the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two!
– How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Happy National Hot Cocoa Day to all of you! It might just be Cocoa Day here in the U.S., but I’m sharing this celebration with all of you around the globe today! Fix yourself some chocolatey delight and relax tonight. I know you all deserve it. Share a cocoa with someone who needs one, too. Who wouldn’t like that?
I’m itching to watch some Christmas movies. We have a whole stack of them (nearly 20) out on our TV stand. One movie I don’t have, though, is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” I will have to find it playing on television one night to get my fill. It is one of my favorite Christmas movies!
On this day, National Cocoa Day 2016, I present to you the ultimate Christmas beverage: the Green and Grinch-y Hot Cocoa!
Here’s your shopping list for today:
- 1/4 cup White Morsels/Chips
- 1 cup Milk
- Green Food Dye
- Whipped Cream or Marshmallows
- Candy Cane
Again, we begin with our double-boiler or other candy melting method. Basically, we will be making white cocoa and dying it green. Simple enough—you’ve made two white cocoas now! You’ll add the 1/4 cup White Chips to your double-boiler along with the milk. Stir pretty consistently, or the chips will stick to the bottom of your pot. You could also use an alternative (and more complicated) method, by melting the chips separately from the milk, but I find the first way is much simpler.
Once your chips are melted and completely combined, start dropping in your food coloring. It won’t take much! Be creative from here on—you choose how green you want your cocoa (I like a bright, minty green) and how to top it all off.
Grab your festive mugs and fill them with the green brew you’ve just made! My brother wanted marshmallows tonight, so I went with whipped cream to showcase another option. If you aren’t a cream or ‘mallow person, just go without! The sweet factor in this cocoa alone is plenty by itself. Lastly, stick a candy cane in and swirl it around to give that minty color a minty flavor.
This white cocoa was so much better (I found) after adding a peppermint into the mix. Not to mention, the minty color and taste pair each other so nicely.
I’m so happy to have shared a bonus cocoa recipe with you! If you try this recipe, let me know. I’d love to hear from you!
If you’re just joining us, here’s the directions to my first cocoa of the series.
Let’s have cocoa together sometime,