The weather here has been beautiful these last couple weeks. I’ve been relishing in the cool breeze as I walk the children to school. The dew sparkles in the early sunlight, turning the freshly cut grass to seas of glitter. I hear the marching band practicing in the distance.
Although summer is not quite behind us, the anticipation of fall stirs my senses. I can hear the crisp crunch of leaves underfoot. I can feel cozy sweaters and scarves and the brisk air on my cheeks. I smell apples and cinnamon bubbling out of a freshly baked pie. I taste sweet potatoes baked and slathered in butter and brown sugar. I see shades of orange peek out across the expanse of tangled green vines, pumpkins in endless shapes and sizes.
Fall, you are most welcome.
On a day like this, caught up in the changing weather, I found myself yearning for a cup of hot cocoa.
Alas, no cocoa mix. I thought about making this recipe at A Fresh Brewed Faith, but I didn’t have powdered creamer (though I did have liquid creamer, as you will see). So I improvised. And it was good. Really good.
I got out some milk, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and coffee creamer.
I microwaved my milk for one minute, then added some cocoa powder and powdered sugar.
A thorough stir, then back to the microwave, to make sure everything was dissolved and, of course, that it was actually hot. No lukewarm cocoa for me. 🙂 Added in a generous splash of caramel coffee creamer.
Impromptu Caramel Hot Cocoa makes one cup
- 1 cup milk (more if your mug is large, though it will dilute the cocoa slightly)
- 1 TBSP cocoa powder
- 1 TBSP powdered sugar
- 1 TBSP or more caramel flavored creamer, to taste
- Heat milk in a cozy mug of your choice for one minute.
- Add in cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Stir well, but gently, to avoid spillage.
- Microwave again for 20-30 seconds. Stir well to dissolve any remaining powder.
- Add creamer to taste.
Notes: I tasted this before I added the creamer, and if you like darker chocolate with just a hint of sweet, this might be perfect for you. I like it sweeter, so the creamer was necessary, and full of caramel goodness. Heavenly.