Homemade Hot Chocolate
Even though Valentine's Day is full of love and warm wishes, the special day still falls during the winter months. Bundle up with this tasty recipe for homemade hot cocoa -- complete with a heart-shaped twist!
What You Need:
- 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- 2 teaspoons corn starch
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 boxes candy sugar hearts
- 5 resealable plastic bags
- 5 clear plastic disposable cups
- Wooden spoon
- Pink acrylic paint
- Red acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
What You Do:
- Let your child spread the newspaper out on a flat surface.
- Make sure your child's sleeves are pushed out of the way before letting her squirt a big pile of pink and red paint directly on the newspaper.
- Have her cover the rim of each plastic disposable cup with tape. This will ensure that she doesn't paint on the rim. A painted rim could result in someone digesting paint instead of hot chocolate later -- no one wants that!
- Help her paint the outside of each cup pink. Make sure none of the paint splashes into the inside of the cups.
- Allow time for the paint to dry.
- Once the pink paint has dried, show your child how to paint a red heart onto each cup.
- Have her set aside her cups. It's time to make the hot chocolate now!
- Help your child add the powdered milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, confectioners sugar, corn starch, kosher salt and candy sugar to a large bowl.
- Show her how to use a wooden spoon to mix all the ingredients together.
- Help her evenly divide the powder into the resealable plastic bags.
- Have her place each bag into the painted plastic cups.
- When your child wants to drink her homemade hot chocolate, just have her stir the ingredients in the resealable plastic bag with some hot water -- it's that easy! She can save her special Valentine treats for herself or give them away to friends.