Hot Cocoa Buffet

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So a couple of friends and I felt the winter time urge to spend the afternoon drinking hot cocoa. I couldn’t help but think if you’re going to spend the whole afternoon doing that then why not have a hot cocoa buffet!

We had three different kinds…

Nutella Cinnamon

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For one serving you heat 1 cup of milk almost to a boil in a saucepan, stir in a 1/3 of a cup of Nutella, and a pinch of salt and cinnamon.

Fluffernutter Hot Cocoa

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For one serving you bring one cup of milk almost to a boil thin whisk in 1/4 cup Fluff, 1/3 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup peanut butter chips and continue whisking until smooth.

The last cocoa was a Ginger Spice that I had to fudge some of the ingredients (has anyone ever found 5 spice powder at the store??) It wasn’t as cocoa-tastic as the other two, but we did drink it last and by then the bar had been set very high.

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Heat 1 cup of milk almost to a boil then whisk in 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon of ginger and a pinch of 5 spice powder.

My favorite was the Fluffernutter even though I have been making the Nutella recipe for years. The peanut butter chips just put it over the top (think melted peanut butter and chocolate ice cream). The group was split pretty evenly between the two.

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Everyone brought their favorite treat to have with hot cocoa. I made miniature chocolate Pilsbury crescent rolls by simply cutting the precut dough in half and adding mini-semi sweet chocolate chips.

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(There were some non-chocolate ones too. I ended up eating them with pasta the next day. They would be great with soup. We were very chocolate focused that afternoon).

My all-time favorite food to have with hot cocoa is Saltine crackers. The salty and sweet are so good together when you dip the cracker into the frothy cocoa. I thought my mom gave me this combo when I was little, but she says that I remember wrong.

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Thankfully the memory goes before the taste buds!

Stephanie’s life in food: What I ate almost every day: August 11th to 31st

Tea- birthday morning

 

Birthday pancakes

 

Sautéed veggies and rice

 

Birthday peach pie and blueberry ice cream

 

Stuffed mushrooms with vodka sauce pasta

 

Giant british chocolate bar

 

Dirt pudding with pie crust worms

 

Crown room pancake

 

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Zen salad

 

Peanuts and pretzel at the ball game

 

Cauliflower curry and homemade naan

 

Dad's grilled chicken and mom's mac and cheese

 

Dad's spaghetti with turkey meatballs and salad

 

Leong's Springfield Style Cashew Chicken

 

Breakfast for dinner! Matzo eggs and veggie sausage!

 

Mom's chocolate cake with whipped cream

 

Veggie buffalo wings, mac and cheese and peas and carrots

 

Dark chocolate chip cookie dough on the beater (and the spoon and the bowl)

 

Dark chocolate chip cookies

 

Leftover mac and cheese with peanut butter and grape jelly

 

Blueberry ice cream with Jen's tiny peach tart

 

Crown room pancake

 

Guiltless mashed potatoes, sweet and sour carrots and mixed grain casserole

 

Sweet potato pasta with garlic, butter , sprinkle cheese and maple pecans

 

Toasted french bread with butter and fried eggs

 

Butterfinger mini custard concrete

 

Homemade pizza with pineapple and Vodka dipping sauce (for the bread sticks and the crust)

 

Nutella toast and tea

 

Speedy Gonzalez: Spinach Enchilada, bean taco and rice

 

Veggie burger picnic smorgasbord

 

Oven broiled cheesy tomato and fresh tomato sauce

 

Dough balls

 

Beanball sub with rosemary and garlic fries

 

Pineapple- cashew- quinoa stir fry