Warm Winter Drinks for Kids
Oh so delicious winter drinks for your kids - and maybe for you too!
Time to enjoy the cold weather with these yummy delicious treats that your kids will surely love. Take it from me, writing these down makes my mouth water already. *tummy makes noise*
1. Mexican Hot Chocolate with Dulce de Leche Cream
Recipe by Brooke McLay
Mexican chocolate is a true indulgence — rich and thick with a touch of cinnamon flavor. When you take such a wonder, mix it with melted ice cream, and serve it steaming on a chilly winter evening, well…you might just start serenading your mug with mariachi music.
While you can serve a cup of this Mexican Hot Chocolate all by its lonesome, I happen to think a dollop of Cayenne-spiced Dulce de Leche cream seriously turns up the heat on this addictively-warm beverage, elevating it from ‘dang good’ to ‘muy, muy delicioso!’ Enjoy!
Creamy Mexican Hot Chocolate
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
4 cups milk
2 cups vanilla bean ice cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water (add 1/2 cup more for a thinner cup of hot chocolate)
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons pure vanilla (use Mexican vanilla, if you have it)
Grate the chocolate with a fine-edged grater. In a large saucepan, heat the milk, ice cream and sugar on low, just as the mixture begins to steam (but don’t let it boil!) then whisk in the grated chocolate. Whisk in the cinnamon, vanilla and water. Heat mixture just until steaming. Serve with spicy Dulce de Leche whipped cream.
Spicy Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips, crushed
In a large bowl, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Slowly beat in the brown sugar until cream becomes light and fluffy (if you don’t have access to fresh, very soft brown sugar, just use regular white sugar to keep the cream from becoming grainy). Mix in the cinnamon and cayenne. Pipe on top of hot cocoa. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and crushed chocolate to garnish.
2. Hot Toffee Chocolate Recipe
4 cups milk
2 oz butterscotch chips
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons sugar
a very small pinch of salt
toffee chocolate chips (Heath chips)
1. Place chocolate and butterscotch chips in the food processor. Pulse until they are fine. Place milk in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add chocolate and butterscotch pieces. Add salt and sugar. Whisk well and simmer for 3 – 4 minutes, or chocolate is completely melted.
2. Serve topped with whipped cream and toffee pieces.
3. Warm Butterbeer (alcohol free)
Recipe by Jaimem
It’s funny. The thing from Harry Potter that I can most clearly imagine is the butterbeer. Never mind the Quidditch games or the Gryffindor Common Room, Professor Moody or the Dark Lord—those I can barely conjure up in my head, and have found the movies to be a good replacement for anything I could have formed in my mind. But butterbeer is a different story. Apparently, I am all about the food.
To me, from what I remember (I haven’t read Potter in ages) or from what I imagined, butterbeer is translucent and golden, fizzy, and tastes like warm liquid butterscotch. As clear as it is in my mind, I find it to be a huge challenge to recreate it with all-natural ingredients.
This is what I have come up with:
4 tablespoons butterscotch sauce (I used a recipe from SimplyRecipes http://goo.gl/s9CFw)
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 bottles of cream soda
Divide butterscotch sauce between glasses. Top with cream. Heat cream soda unt
4. Nutella Hot Chocolate
makes 1 cup
1 cup milk
2 tbsp Nutella
Combine milk and Nutella in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. Whisk until Nutella melts and milk gets hot.
Extra Rich Variation
Add 2 additional teaspoons Nutella and 1 tsp sweetened cocoa powder.
Add a cinnamon stick to the pot when making either the original or extra rich version. Once milk is hot, lower the heat and allow to simmer an extra 5 minutes.
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