Monday, January 13, 2014

Mason Jar Gold-- Recipe Edition #2

It is better to eat a little where there is love
than to eat a lot where there is hate.
Proverbs 15:17

I was desperate for something hot to drink and I really, really wanted something richer than tea. I gave up coffee a year and a half ago. I still love the smell and have an occasional cup with friends, but I don't want to make a habit of it. Then, as if by magic, this recipe shows up on my pinterest! The recipe, or tutorial,  is Two Minute Hot Chocolate By the Mug. I had all the ingredients I needed in the house! It is so basic you can make all kinds of variations. The following is how I tweaked it.

Gotta Have Something Warm
and Chocolaty Fast
Hot Chocolate

1 cup milk (I used a mix of coconut, the carton type, & almond milk)
2 tablespoons chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet
        dark chocolate chips)
1 teaspoon honey (or other sweetener) optional
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamon 
1/8 teaspoon ground chili or cayenne 

Pour milk in a Mason jar large enough to leave space for the other ingredients with a little space for shaking. Heat milk for a minute or two in the microwave. Add remaining ingredients. Put lid on jar and shake! Drink and enjoy, or add marshmallows or whipped cream. Any spices are optional, this mix makes a nice Mexican chocolate. There are obvious liqueurs that would be heavenly additions.

I like using the jar so you can shake it and get a bit of froth, but you can stir it until the chocolate chips melt in a mug. A Mason jar cozy is perfect for this to keep the drink warm and hands safe.

I made these for neighbors and fellow Seahawks fans. They fit bottles and the narrow Mason jars.

On a side note, I am slowly conquering the monster photo bins! I've reduced and organized most of them. There are still some albums I need to get to. I would love to do some books with Shutterfly or something. I'll have to think on that. 

This one might explain why I'm a fan of Wes Anderson movies. I know it's black and white, but I still see the gold couch and rich browns, reds and greens of the drapes. Well, I still have those drapes and they are still in pretty good shape.

That's me, 1971

Have a blessed, warm and colorful week!
Linda <><


  1. The hot cocoa looks yummy! I have never had it with cayenne or chili powder before.

    1. If you like spicy food, just a tiny bit in chocolate is really yummy!

  2. Great post! Love the picture of you on the couch :) I think we are very close in age... in I was 11 in 1971 and this picture just reminds me of all those dress styles, old cars, heavy drapes... :)

  3. The hot chocolate sounds so good. I have heard how good cayenne is added to chocolate although I haven't tried any yet. Great pic at the end!

  4. Love the hot cocoa recipe; I'm going to have to try that sometime.

  5. Does the warm milk melt the chocolate bits? or do you nuke them as well ? It looks totally awesome.

    1. Yes, the milk melts the chocolate. I really like to do it in a jar because shaking it does a great job of melting and mixing!