Monday, December 12, 2011

hot hot hot

One of the first movies my son ever watched in a theatre was “The Polar Express” (by Robert Zemeckis).  It was in 3D, and although I’m not a huge fan of 3D movies, this one in particular was really magical to see.  I think it was more interesting to watch our son’s reaction than the movie itself.  In particular, it was funny to see him stick his tongue out to try to catch the snowflakes during one of the opening scenes of the movie.

My personal favourite scene from “The Polar Express” movie has to be the one where all the waiters on the train come out with hot chocolate for the children, singing “hot-hot-hot-hot chocolate”.  Very musical theatre in style, it truly set the tone for the magic to come in the movie, and has become our household’s “must see” movie to watch every Christmas season.

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As the temperature begins to descend, I hope amidst all the holiday craziness, we can all still feel some magic with the season, stay warm, or even feel “hot, hot, hot”!

Homemade Hot Chocolate
(serves approx. 4-6 people)

Adapted from Rachel Ray’s recipe…I’ve halved the sugar, as I found her recipe a little too sweet.

  • 4 cups milk
  • ½  cup water
  • ¼  cup sugar
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. butterscotch chips
  • 35% Whipping Cream, (available in cartons in dairy aisle-just take an electric whisk and whisk until soft peaks form)
  • 1 tbsp chocolate shavings (I like to use a vegetable peeler to "peel" a chocolate bar to make shavings.)

  • Heat milk, water, sugar to a boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in chocolate and butterscotch chips until they melt into milk. 
  • Pour into small mugs or cups and top with whipped cream swirls and toffee.

Sip slowly, and enjoy.

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