Frozen Hot Chocolate Popsicles: Cool Summer Treats!
Summer’s on the way, and that means warm nights, hot days, fun in the sun and…hot chocolate? That’s right! Just because the mercury is climbing doesn’t mean you can’t still dip into your hot chocolate from last winter and enjoy your favorite treat in the form of a hot chocolate popsicle. These cool desserts are excellent for chilling on the scorching days to come, and also make great your next party. This refreshing frozen hot chocolate treat will satisfy your chocolate cravings this summertime! In the spirit of summer fun, we have added a bonus recipe, perfect for any family gathering or reunion.
Let’s Begin Our Tour of International Chocolate Festivals!
America loves chocolate. In fact, we love it so much that as a country, we gobble up about ½ of the world’s total production of the sweet stuff each year! White, milk and dark, all presented in ways and pairings to excite even the most jaded taste buds, you can find them at chocolate festivals around the globe. Get your passport ready, because after you read about the five most decadent international chocolate festivals, you’ll be calling your travel agent and making vacation plans!
Spring is springing, birds are singing, bees are stinging, bugs are clinging…and you’ve got about two tons of hot chocolate mix left over from the emergency supplies you laid in for the winter. By the time you need it again in the late fall, it may have achieved a higher level of civilization than most college kids can boast. If that doesn’t happen, it will have hardened into bricks suitable for the foundation of the Tower of Babel 2.0!
Before you panic and try to drink them all in the week before the weather really starts to get nice, take a deep breath. There are ways you can use the hot chocolate mix in your pantry throughout the year fast and fun ways by creating delicious, quick and easy desserts your family will love! We have two quick, easy, chocolaty treats perfect for company picnics, kids’ lunches or just a fun way to spend some time with the kids or friends.
Once thought of as the food of the gods and more valuable than gold, chocolate has been known since prehistoric times. Today, over 3 billion tons of chocolate are produced and consumed globally each year. We found 12 secret facts about chocolate; you may not know that will surprise and delight chocolate lovers everywhere!
We have collected ten delicious hot cocoa mix recipes that each has a tasty twist. The following recipes are not to be taken lightly. You may find them so delicious; you end up drinking your weight in hot chocolate goodness. The trick to a perfect cup every time is a high-quality hot cocoa mix and whole milk (you can substitute it with soy or almond milk). So always enjoy these in moderation to keep your waistline in check! These quick and easy one cup recipes are great to make with your children or grandchildren.
These are one cup hot cocoa mix recipes and take approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
What You, your health and dark chocolate have in common.
Some people out in the world just don’t like chocolate. I am NOT one of those people. I would shout my love for dark chocolate from the tallest rooftop if I wouldn’t get arrested for trespassing … But truly most chocolate lovers would agree. There are so many different types of chocolate to suit different chocolate tastes and budgets; that is proof enough. I personally love a cup of dark, rich European hot cocoa. I replaced my java addiction to satisfy my daily chocolate craving.
Last weekend I visited Alderbrook Resort and Spa which is situated right on the water near the south end of Hood Canal in Washington State. If you have never been to Western Washington State, we have an abundance of beautiful green trees, waterways that are fun to explore by ferry, sailboat, motor boat, canoe and kayak and don’t forget the mountains that when they appear out of the clouds are simply gorgeous.
Last weekend we visited Vancouver BC for the last of their 4 week chocolate festival. It was a dark and rainy weekend which made for great weather to drink chocolate! This is the third year we’ve enjoyed this event and it’s clearly our favorite.