I scream, you scream, we all scream for SNOW CREAM!

2008-01-17 first snow039The Floridian in me never ceases to be amazed when it snows enough to actually stick to the ground. I just love looking at the whole world being draped with a nice, white blanket of snow.  And of course, the JavaKids and I have to find a way to turn it into a way to make something in the kitchen!

I’m linking you to a post from earlier this year for snow cream and snow candy — both delicious and easy to make!  I was going to add photos, but to be honest, unless  you a professional food photographer, snow candy while still in the snow does not look much different than — uh– yellow snow from a dog — and once you lift if out of the snow, it is in a child’s (or Mommy’s) mouth so fast, you can’t get a photo of it!  Snow cream doesn’t look like much more than white mush in a photo!

You can also mix up a little food coloring and water and get out there and do a little snow painting.  Or just go out and roll around in the white, fluffy stuff!  Just have FUN!

When you come in, mix up a huge batch of my favorite hot chocolate, read a good book, indulge in a bit of Robert Frost, and relax!  (Until it’s time to deal with those sopping wet jackets, snow pants, boots, mittens and so on….)

Mmmm… My Hot Chocolate Recipe…


Gosh, after such a positive response to the little Thanksgiving turkey treats, I thought I’d share another holiday favorite around here — our hot chocolate mix.  Now I can’t take credit for the recipe — once again I got this from a post on Scrapbook Addict (http://www.scrappertalk.com/bbs/) — there was a thread there several years ago where people were sharing their favorite hot chocolate recipes.  This one intrigued me for several reasons: it was obviously creamy; I was looking for something I could make in large quantities for gifts that year; how can you not be intrigued by something that you have to mix in a (CLEAN) garbage bag??

So after making this hot chocolate mix as a “gift in a jar” for friends and family for several years now, I’m sharing this recipe with you… but only because, you know, you’re my friend.  ; )  Please do let me know what you think of it after you’ve made it yourself!

Homemade Hot Chocolate
Original Source: Theresa in NC from scrapbookaddict.com
Serves: a LOT!

The measurements on this were imprecise (a box of this, a large jar of that) so I’ve tried to give the best guess I can.

  • 1 box powdered sugar (1 lb.)
  • 1 large jar powdered non-dairy creamer (22 oz)
  • 2lbs. Nestle chocolate powder (two containers = 2.54 lbs)
  • Carnation dry milk – enough to make the equivalent of 8 quarts of milk, but don’t add water

Put all the ingredients in a kitchen trash bag, twist and mix by squishing the bag.  Sometimes I sift the ingredients because the creamer and dry milk can be clumpy.  Store in a large tupperware container or put in jars for gifts.  Use 4-6 heaping spoonfuls per mug depending on your sweet tooth and the size of your mug.  Usually I add to water because it is pretty darn creamy, but it can be added to hot milk if you prefer.  For the grownups, sometimes a little bit of Peppermint Schnapps is a nice addition.  If you have whipped cream or marshmallows on hand, sometimes that’s a nice touch too, for those who believe there is no such thing as “too sweet.”

When you put the “heaping spoonfuls” into the mug, it really looks like you are taking up a lot of the mug space, but because a lot of the mix is made up of the dairy ingredients, you will want a larger volume of the powder than when you use a standard mix, this is what my oversized mug looks like before I put in the water. (This is the same mug that is in my profile photo.) 


I’m certainly not a food photographer, but here’s a shot of it in the mug without whipped cream — this is with just plain water — so you can get a sense of just how creamy this mix is.


Normally I package in Mason jars, but this year I found these cute jars with flip top lids — much more convenient for easy scooping!  And they are larger so the recipients will get more mix this year.


Gosh… my cup is empty.  Time to get a refill.