To take the chill away, we whip up this homemade hot chocolate in 10-minutes or less. That's only a few more moments than the prepackaged brown chalk drink we've all known and drank. Here's a recipe we think is pretty darn good. It's a super-rich and chocolatey way to steam up your goggles and whet your winter whistle.
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup of white sugar
1 pinch of salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups whole milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half and half cream
Combine the cocoa, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in the milk and heat until very hot, but don't boil! Remove from heat before adding vanilla. Ladle the hot cocoa into four mugs. Then, stir the half and half cream into the mugs to cool your cocoa to a perfect drinking temperature. Salut!
Winter in the Appalachians calls for the perfect comfort beverage, and we are happy to share one of our favorites with you.
At Crowley Farms, chilly weather means donning our favorite sweaters, warming up beside glowing fireplaces, playing a little music, and hearing laughter inside and outside the old farmhouse.
Sledding the hilly pastures begins at first snowfall. Jen and the hounds make the most of the newly fallen snow, blanketing the pastures by zipping around the fence lines, brambles, trees, and the occasional calf. After a day on the hilly "slopes" of Crowley Farms, our Homemade Hot Cocoa is the perfect finish to these idyllic winter days.