When I was a child, my family and I used to go on a winter vacation every year to a cabin in the mountains. It was always so much fun because we had the whole cabin to ourselves, and we would spend our days sledding down the nearby hill and playing in the snow.
One year, we arrived at the cabin to find that there had been a big snowstorm the night before, and there was at least a foot of fresh powder on the ground. We were so excited to get out and start sledding, so we bundled up in our warmest clothes and headed out to the hill.
The hill was perfect for sledding, with a steep slope and a nice long run-out at the bottom. We each took turns racing down the hill on our sleds, laughing and shrieking with excitement. We would also build a snowman and have snowball fights.
After a long day of playing in the snow, we would come back to the cabin, our cheeks rosy and our noses cold. We would warm up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and some snacks, and then we would play board games or watch movies.
Those winter vacations at the cabin were some of my fondest childhood memories. The snow, the sledding and homemade hot chocolate, all of it was a perfect combination for a perfect winter getaway. It's a tradition that I hope to continue with my own family in the future.
Here is a basic Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe:
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Whipped cream or marshmallows (optional, for topping)
- Peppermint ice cream (optional, for topping)
- In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt.
- Whisk the mixture together over medium heat until it comes to a simmer.
- Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the mixture thickens slightly.
- Remove from heat and pour into mugs.
- Serve with whipped cream or marshmallows on top, if desired.
- For an extra special treat, top with a scoop of peppermint ice cream. The cool minty flavor of the ice cream will complement the warm chocolate and make for a delicious and refreshing twist on the traditional hot chocolate.
Note: You can also use chocolate chips or dark chocolate to make it more chocolaty. If you like it sweet, you can add more sugar. Adding a scoop of peppermint ice cream to your hot chocolate is a great way to add a minty twist to the traditional recipe.