Do you feel the cold of winter settling in yet? Each evening our daughter asks for a hot chocolate, a luxury I simply can’t deny her this time of year. It was also my favorite treat during the holidays when I was a kid and, like mother, like daughter, we both love our steamy mugs of chocolate topped with marshmallows.
I recently discovered a new company called ColorKitchen (based in my hometown in Central Oregon!) that makes all natural, plant-based food coloring and fun seasonal sprinkles that are all vegan, gluten free (yay!, since I have Celiac disease), and non-GMO. Say bye-bye to artificial dyes and say hello to natural tints from spirulina, turmeric, and beets. Now, I can take my daughter's cup of hot chocolate to a new level and turn it into something festive and fun, like the green Grinch Hot Chocolate below. Whip in some of the green dye and top your cocoa with cute Christmas tree sprinkles. It’s the perfect drink for watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Check out ColorKitchen here and order online or search for a store near you. They have fun stuff for Valentine’s Day and Easter, too!
Grinch Hot Chocolate
Recipe and images courtesy of Mimi's Cookie Bar
Makes 4 Cups
For an adult version we added a splash of Chambord. Whiskey would also be lovely.
4 cups organic milk or coconut milk
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons (30 g.) organic sugar
2 tablespoons (30 g.) organic white chocolate (for melting) chunks
1 packet ColorKitchen Green Dye
Christmas Tree Sprinkles
Whipped Cream or Marshmallows (optional)
In a medium pot, add the milk, sugar, white chocolate and green dye.
Put over high heat and stir until temperature on a drink thermometer reaches 140-160 degrees.
Remove from heat and pour into mugs.
Top with marshmallows, whipped cream and Christmas Tree Sprinkles!