Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Polar Express Hot Cocoa

"The Polar Express" has quickly become a favorite book in our house this season.  Shortly after the main character boards the train he not only describes the scene inside, but the tastes of the treats available: "candies with nougat centers as white as snow" and "hot cocoa as thick and rich as melted chocolate bars".  This inspired us to try to make some of our own.

[This Candy Bar Hot Chocolate recipe from Food.com came the closest I could find to the above description - I've tweaked it slightly.]
Ingredients
1/2 Cup Mini Marshmallows
1 Fun Size Package 3 Musketeers (8 mini wrapped bars)
1-2 C. Milk

[Yields: 2-3 small servings]

Cut candy bars into small pieces and place in microwave safe bowl (my kids loved this part, especially the youngest: he'd cut a piece, eat a piece, cut a piece, eat a piece . . . his sister (the rule follower) was not amused).  

Heat in microwave until candy is melted (30 seconds to 1 minute).
Add 1/2 cup of milk and whisk until smooth.  Add marshmallows and another half cup of milk.  Heat in microwave another 30 seconds to 1 minute until marshmallows are almost melted.  Stir until smooth.  Add more milk (up to 1 cup more) for a thinner consistency. 

Cool slightly, pour into mugs, open your copy of the Polar Express
. . .  and enjoy! We were thrilled to discover that this recipe did in fact yield a hot chocolate that tasted like "melted candy bars".  It's very rich and something that we will probably only make once a year - but so much fun to use our imagination to bring the book alive.  Will you be making some too?

7 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting and yummy change from the usual hot cocoa. My kids love this book and movie too.

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  2. of all the bars to try, I would never have though 3 musketeers would work! so interesting!

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  3. Yummmyyy! Kids will love doing this! Can't wait to try it out :)

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  4. I don't microwave, I'm going to give this a try on low heat stovetop. It sounds wonderful! I love three musketeer candy bars!

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  5. I would try Milky Way Midnight Dark. It has the "white as snow nougat centers". Plus the caramel layer can't be a bad thing !

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  6. I bet my kids will love this

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  7. We aren't fans of three musketeers. Does the drink taste just like the candy? What other candy could be a possible replacement?

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