Chocolate ice cubes – Spice up and choclify your drink

Chocolate ice cubes for cold chocolate milk with coffee or slushie

Oh yes they did. At first, I just thought it was a clever way of making chocolate milk. It’s definitely a great way to keep the milk cold all the way to the bottom instead of making it halfway through a glass and realizing it’s room temperature.

Instead, though, this isn’t just chocolate. This particular variety has dark chocolate and instant coffee with vanilla milk for a sweet treat instead of plain ol’ chocolate milk. It was also mentioned to play around with other ingredients like pepper for a kick of spice. Yum.

Chocolate ice

  • 200ml milk
  • 50ml water
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee (optional)
  • 70g dark chocolate (66%)

Milk with Vanilla

  • 600ml milk
  • 60g sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod

Full instructions for making each are at The Mixer. If Google doesn’t automatically translate it for you, there’s an option on the right-hand side to put it in English.

Mom diets, child becomes obese – Which is more dangerous?

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Maybe the title is exaggerating a bit, but this is something I see all the time. This was at a grade school classroom event where parents and siblings were invited. And yes, I took a picture in between chairs. That’s not normal?

Anyway, the root beer is for the toddler on the right (young enough that she isn’t in school yet or she wouldn’t have been able to attend). The water bottle is for the mom on the left.

I won’t climb up on a soapbox or dive into any in depth post here, especially not at the risk of coming off as too judgmental. After all, it’s just a single picture of a single set of drinks at a single time here. It does make me do a double take to see such big issues so clearly laid out sometimes, though.

There is absolutely nothing negative about water and it’s what I drink 99% of the time even, but I happen to know that this particular mom is very weight-conscious, has low self-esteem, etc, and that choice of drink is more likely sparked by a fear of calories than it is an actual choice for health. And on the flip side, if the kid is anything like half of her peers, that probably isn’t the first or last soda she had that day.

I wonder what their health will be like in 10 years. And if she’ll still own those polka dotted shoes by then. ;)

Chocolate covered marshmallow pops – Hot chocolate stir sticks

In past years, I’ve made “hot chocolate on a stick” using a chunk of fudge-like chocolate and homemade marshmallow squares.

This year, when trying to throw together a last minute party favor for the kids for our pre-Christmas get together, I just dipped some jumbo marshmallows I already had in some melted down chocolate chips. I didn’t think they’d be any good really, but the kids absolutely loved them. One of our friend’s kid’s kept asking for more, whispering in my ear “can I have more of that good stuff things?” After already being shut off after 3, I heard him ask for another as I was headed out the door. Oops!

It wasn’t until after the fact that I remembered the hot chocolate sticks and how these just as easily could’ve been used as yummy stir sticks. I’d suggest leaving off the nuts, of course, but try rolling them in crushed up peppermint candy canes instead. Delicious. To be eaten as is, I tried plain chocolate, rolled in crushed walnuts, sprinkles, and cinnamon candy pieces.

Oh, and it worked out quite nicely that I had transported them in cups and glasses. When I arrived and set them on the table, they looked like vases of festive flowers instead.