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Hot Cocoa

The day that classes officially started again for spring semester, Luke & Chris came over to my place to hang out, and after several games of Settlers, Luke and I started talking about adopting miniature horses and starting a farm.

Chris wisely chose not to take any part in this plotting by falling asleep. When he woke up, he made us hot cocoa to shut us up. :O

We even looked up the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate. According to enerhealthbotanicals.com, “Hot cocoa is made from raw cocoa powder, which is pressed chocolate which removes the fat of the cocoa butter. Hot chocolate is made from chocolate bars melted into a cream or ground into a powder. Often hot chocolate has a very high sugar and fat content and low cocoa content.”

Hot Cocoa


Ingredients:
-1/2 cup water
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-4 cups soy milk
-1/4 tsp salt
-3/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:
1) Simmer water, sugar, cocoa & salt in a pan over moderate heat. Stir until lumps are dissolved (~3 minutes).
2) Add milk to ingredients. Stir and bring slowly to simmer (~5 minutes). To enhance flavor, stir in vanilla just before serving.

Spiced Cider

What better way is there to combine some of the things you love most in life? (In this case, 6F and food.) We made this a while ago and it was full of awesome. I remember us discussing how we felt like we could never have any other roommates again unless it’s some component of 6F because no one else will ever compare. (When the bar is set so high, there is nowhere to go but down.) I guess that’s the price I paid for having the fortune of being super spoiled throughout college.

Spiced Cider

Ingredients:
-2 quarts good quality apple cider or juice
-1 cinnamon stick
-1 tsp whole cloves
-1/2 tsp whole allspice
-1 orange, quartered with peel
-pinch of salt
-pinch of nutmeg
-brown sugar (optional, to taste; we didn’t add any)

Instructions:
1) Bring cider to a simmer and throw everything in it. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

I especially like the fact that you can eat the spiced oranges afterward. :]