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As mid-afternoon hit on our snowed- in Saturday, I started to go a little stir crazy. I love being snowed in, but one can only take so many bad action movies, spazed cleaning moments, and requests to make something to eat every 5 minutes from a turkey-loving husband.


I certainly think I will be well prepared for children one day.


I decided to mock one of my favorite Starbucks’ drinks on the chilly day while watching the snow fall.



And I really needed something to take the edge off of my . . . newlywed bliss.

I knew it could only be made better with some of my best friends.



I don’t like to play favorites, but three is a crowd. So I chose the Godiva White Chocolate and left the others out.

Don’t worry. They’ll be put to good use.


I have this obsession with fresh whipped cream. An obsession so strong, that I can whip up an entire carton and just eat it straight.


With some sugar of course.

I knew it would top off the hot chocolate perfectly.



Like most, I love the sweet + salty combo. Adding the whipped cream and the cocoa and cinnamon on top made it incredible.



Salted Hot Chocolate

adapted from allrecipes

1/3 cup Trader Joe’s organic cocoa powder

3/4 cup white sugar

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/3 cup boiling water

3 1/2 cups milk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped + 2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup Godiva or Bailey’s liqueur

Combine the cocoa and sugar  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 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil!

Remove from heat and add vanilla, sea salt and liqueur. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the whipped cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.  Sprinkle with cocoa and cinnamon.




Hubby didn’t drink any, but he isn’t really a fan of hot liquids. Unless they involve rum. Then you can count him in.

Oh well – more for me. :)