Sunday, February 12, 2012

Please Snow Cocoa

Homemade cocoa with whipped cream
    After the winter we had last year, I thought I would have many opportunities to test out a homemade cocoa recipe.  I pictured whipping up a batch of steaming mugfuls as our rosy-cheeked crew stomped the snow from their boots. What better way is there to warm up after coming off the sledding hill? Unfortunately, this has been the year of little snow.  I know many adults who do not miss driving in the snow, shoveling, or the general messiness of winter.  For children a winter without snow is like a hot summer spent in a cast at the town pool.  Sure, you can find something else to pass the time, but it makes for a long season.

  Our one big snow so far this year was in October.  We carved the jack-o-lantern and then went sledding followed by this delicious cocoa recipe.  It can be made with carob or cocoa powder.  I prefer to use carob since it contains no caffeine.  Use 1 tablespoon cocoa powder to make hot cocoa with the remaining ingredients and directions the same. I know many people like to follow a low fat dairy regimen, but the recipe says that cream is good for the nervous system.  I have to add that it is quite tasty as well.

   The recipe serves one, so I quadrupled it.  I also whipped the remaining cream to serve a dollop on top.  The results were rich and satisfying.  This one is going in the file to have on hand in case it ever snows!

Hot Carob
From The Fat Flush Cookbook by Ann Louise Gittleman

1 rounded tablespoon carob
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon Stevia Plus
3/4 cup purified water
1/4 cup cream

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Whisk together until the carob is blended. Heat until just simmering. Serve hot.


  1. Sounds yummy! My kids pray for snow every night! It's been a strange winter.

  2. It is really good. I'll have to make some and hope for a big snowfall.