Jolly Drinking Chocolate

Mmmmm. Cozy season is upon us, which means you’ll find us sipping on tasty drinking chocolate and baking a lot of scrumptious cookies and savoring the season! November brings a sense of warmth and memories of cozy days spent with our families prepping for the holidays that are on our heels. We’re ones to really enjoy every ounce of the chillier days and months {though they don’t happen too often in San Diego!} and to make festive and fun-filled memories for the next year.
One of our favorite wintry memories of enjoying drinking chocolate {delicious chocolate flakes that make deluxe hot cocoa} was in London one foggy December. It was the perfect picture of winter magic: thick fog coating the chimney tops and cobblestone streets lined with shoppers toting carefully wrapped gifts and bags. We were bundle up oggling at the incredibly decadent Christmastime window displays. We enjoyed this goodness in Harrod’s and have loved it ever since. Ah, memories.
Our drinking chocolate recipe has a punch of alcohol and warms the spirits and soul! Drinking chocolate is also amazing on its own sans alcohol – we love Charbonnel et Walker {a historic British brand that’s carried in New York City and specialty shops}. Trader Joe’s also has a tasty tin that it sells during the holidays {perfect for hostess gifts, too!}.
Valley & Co.’s Jolly Drinking Chocolate
3 heaping table spoons of drinking chocolate mix Charbonnel et Walker | 3/4 cup of hot whole milk | 1 oz. rum | 1 teaspoon almond extract {optional}
Heat up milk on the stovetop slowly and when it’s hot add the chocolate flakes {stirring quickly} and remove from heat. Pour into a mug and stir in rum and almond extract.
Top with mini marshmallows on a toothpick and serve with cookies wrapped in Kraft paper cinched with red and white baker’s twine. Enjoy!

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