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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Dark Hot Chocolate

Do you love a delicious hot chocolate drink in the winter time? This Dark Hot Chocolate is a great choice! It has a rich, creamy chocolate flavor that is perfect for a warm hot chocolate.

My kiddos love to go outside and play in the snow during the winter. They build forts, have snowball fights, and love to go sledding. I always like to have a nice cup of warm hot chocolate ready for them when they come inside. What a great way to warm up!.....and delicious!

This recipe is simple, and you'll have several cups of hot chocolate mix to have on hand. If your making hot chocolate several times during the winter like I am, it sure won't last long.

First you'll need to break up the unsweetened baker's chocolate, and add to the food processor. This will break it up more and create a powder out of it. There may be some small chunks, which is ok, it will melt when the drink is prepared for serving.

Add all the ingredients to the food processor to blend and mix well. This recipe makes 4 cups of hot chocolate mix, so there will be plenty to keep for later use. Place the dark hot chocolate mix in a jar or container for easy keeping to make hot chocolate in the future.

What a great idea for a simple Christmas gift as well!!

For one cup of dark hot chocolate, use 2 Tbsp dark hot chocolate mix per 4 ounces of boiling hot water. Make sure to use boiling water, so that it is hot enough to melt any chocolate chunks that are in the mix.

To make a large batch of Dark Hot Chocolate, bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Add the water to a slow cooker and add 20 Tbsp of the Dark Hot Chocolate mix and stir together well. Use the slow cooker, on keep warm setting, to keep the hot chocolate warm. Ladle out when needed.

Top with your favorite toppings: mini marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, or cinnamon.

Dark Hot Chocolate


Ingredients for Dark Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate Mix
3 oz. unsweetened baker's chocolate
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup Dutch Process (Euorpean-style) cocoa
1 tsp powdered vanilla, optional 
1 Tbsp Clabber Girl Corn Starch 
1/2 tsp kosher salt

-Vanilla Marshmallow Kisses or Marshmallow Bits
-Whipped topping, 
-Ground cinnamon

Directions for Dark Hot Chocolate

1. Add all mix ingredients in a food processor and blend together until well combined. Makes about 4 cups of dry hot chocolate mix. 

2. Use 2 Tbsp dark hot chocolate mix per 4 oz. boiling hot water. It is important to use boiling water, as it needs to be hot enough to melt the baker's chocolate. 

3. Let the mix sit for one minute, then stir the beverage to be sure that all the chocolate is melted. 

4. Top the prepared hot chocolate vanilla marshmallow kisses, or marshmallow bits, whipped topping, and cinnamon. 

5. To make a large batch of dark hot chocolate, bring 5 cups water to a boil.

6. Mix boiling water with 20 Tbsp Dark Hot Chocolate mix in a slow cooker, and stir well.

7. Keep slow cooker on keep warm setting, and ladle out the hot chocolate drink as needed.

8. Top with your favorite hot chocolate toppings.

Note: For 1 cup of Dark Hot Chocolate, use 1 cup of boiling hot water with 4 Tbsp mix. 

This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Honey Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

Honey Garlic Roasted Cauliflower is packed full of flavor! The pepper-garlic roasted cauliflower paired with the savory sauce makes for a delicious combination.

The versatility of cauliflower has great increased in recent years, as there are so many creative ways that it can be transformed. For this recipe, the raw cauliflower roasted with the olive oil, pepper, and garlic salt transforms into golden tastiness in the oven. It is delicious as is, but adding the savory sauce.

We love to grow cauliflower as part of our Spring and late Fall garden. It's a cool crop so it loves the cooler weather.

My family is big fans of cauliflower as part of our meal! Everyone likes it. We like to prepare it different ways. We always like to change up our side dishes and this Honey Garlic Roasted Cauliflower doesn't disappoint. It is always sure to be a favorite at dinner-time.

I love honey garlic flavors and paired with the roasted cauliflower makes for a delicious side dish to pair with any meal.

Honey Garlic Roasted Cauliflower


Ingredients for Honey Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
pepper to taste
6 Tbsp honey
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce 
6 Tbsp water
2 tsp Clabber Girl Corn Starch

Directions for Honey Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

1. Clean and cut the cauliflower into bite size pieces and place into a medium sized bowl. Add the olive oil, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix together so the cauliflower pieces are evenly coated. 

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the cauliflower pieces out evenly. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes or until cauliflower is cooked tender. Remove baking sheet from oven and allow the roasted cauliflower to cool for about 10 minutes. 

3. Make the sauce while the cauliflower is roasting in the oven. Using a small sauce pan on the stove, add all the sauce ingredients except for the Clabber Girl Corn Starch and the water. Bring to a low boil and stir until well blended. 

4. In a small bowl, combine the water and the Clabber Girl Corn Starch, and stir until the corn starch is completely dissolved in the water. Then add the mixture to the other sauce ingredients in the pot and stir in well. 

5. Bring sauce to a boil again and then cook until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Cool for a few minutes, it should still be warm, but not hot. The sauce will thicken more as it cools. 

6. In a small mixing bowl, add the cooled roasted cauliflower and pour the warm sauce over. Toss the cauliflower so it is evenly coated with sauce and absorbed. Top with fresh green onions when serving. 

This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own
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