BLOGMAS Day 17-Snowmen Hot Chocolate

There is something about hot chocolate and Christmas, we suddenly become addicted to them! There seems to be more competition than ever this year every coffee chain has really gone to town with their Christmas flavoured drinks introducing indulgent speciality drinks that will be enough to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Here are just a few flavours that are on offer; salted caramel, holiday spiced, Honeycomb, peppermint mocha, Lindt hot chocolate, caramel fudge, black forest, White Chocolate, Honey and almond, spiced orange and the list goes on. We are currently working our way through the menu and a firm favourite so far is the honeycomb hot chocolate. 

We love how all the coffee shops have got involved with the Christmas cups this year even McDonald’s have introduced a McCafe Christmas cup! We especially love the Costa cups they are for sure the winner in our eyes, but then again anything with a penguin on makes us excited. We love how Starbucks got their customers involved in the creation of their famous red cups, it shows they really do have the customer at the heart of all their decisions. We also couldn’t help but notice Starbucks was one of the last to reveal their 2016 Christmas cup which left us wondering if this was done on purpose to build suspense and get conversations flowing.

Hot chocolate is a great way to kick a chocolate craving! Whenever we are really craving some chocolate (usually every day at about 3pm) we always reach out for a healthy alternative hot chocolate. We are not sure if it is boredom and we suddenly are not hungry anymore because we have mistaken our hunger for thirst or if it really does work.

When we want to treat ourselves to a deliciously sugary hot chocolate we go ALL OUT! (You better be ready to see our delicious recipes below).

Choc Chick blissful blends cacao mandarin– This hot chocolate is one of our healthy alternatives. it is made from raw cacao powder which is then blended with natural mandarin. It is also free from dairy, sugar, gluten and guilt ;). 2 tsp should be mixed with hot water and add some milk if you fancy it!

Cadbury’s highlights Milk Chocolate- we absolutely love this hot chocolate and it is incredibly easy to make. The instructions suggest just adding hot water, but we have noticed the hot chocolate and hot water tend to separate and it can turn a bit lumpy. We add a small amount of milk to the hot chocolate powder and give this a stir until it forms a chocolate paste, then we simply add hot water and there you have it!  You can also get the Cadburys highlights in other flavours such as fudge which also tastes delicious!

Cadburys Drinking Chocolate- This hot chocolate has is supposed to be enjoyed with milk. You can purchase the chocolate in a tin or sachet for on the go. This hot chocolate is deliciously smooth and chocolaty!  We would suggest boiling some milk on a hob with the chocolate powder until it is piping hot and ready to drink.

Terrys chocolate orange hot chocolate- We are obsessed with terry chocolate orange so we couldn’t do a hot chocolate post and not include our own home made chocolate drink! If you are not a fan of chocolate orange then you can swap this for a chocolate bar of your choice!

Hot Chocolate Ingredients
1 Terry’s chocolate orange (they are usually on offer this time of year
2 mugs of milk  (milk of your choice)

Method
Fill both of your mugs with a milk of your choice and place in a sauce pan
Put the milk on a medium heat to ensure you don’t burn the milk at the bottom
When the milk is heated through you will need to add the chocolate orange segments
Stir the mixture until the chocolate has completely melted
Take the saucepan off the heat and pour into your mugs

Snowmen Ingredients
Marshmallows (you can purchase Marshmallows from Muscle food if you are trying to be slightly healthier)
Pretzel sticks
icing pens for the face

You will also need a cocktail stick to assemble the snowman. 

The Porridge Series- 1 (Summer Fruits)

Welcome to the porridge series episode 1, porridge is something we eat on a regular basis (okay almost every day). It is so versatile and there are so many different toppings you can add to keep it interesting. You don’t even have to add sugar/syrup or honey to make your porridge taste delicious.Stayed tuned and let us know if you try any of our recipes.

Strawberry Porridge

British strawberries means summer has finally arrived here in the UK. Bet you didn’t think you would enjoy anything more than fresh strawberries and cream this summer but wait until you try our fresh strawberry porridge.

Strawberries are only around in Britain during the summer months (June to August to be more precise). Strawberries from a local provider are by far the best, lots of people in the UK visit strawberry farms and pick their own (PYO). The flavour is incomparable to shop bought strawberries and think of all the delicious creations you can make with your handpicked strawberries.

Make sure you are gentle when washing your strawberries to avoid bruising and it is important to know you should remove the green hull after washing.

Healthy Facts- Did you know 5 strawberries contain more vitamin C than an entire orange. They also contain significant levels of antioxidants which help to fight disease.

Recipe
50G Porridge Oats

250ml Almond Milk/ Milk or water

6 Medium sized strawberries (other berries can also be added)

Method

Place the Porridge oats in a bowl

Pour your choice of liquid on top of the oats

Place in the oats in the microwave for 2-3 minutes (you might want to keep an eye on it as it sometimes has the tendency to bubble over the edge).

Once your porridge is cooked remove bowl from the microwave.

Remove the hull from your strawberries and put them in a clean bowl.

Stew the strawberries for 1 minute in the microwave

Pour your steaming hot strawberries on top of the porridge

Mix well and enjoy