It’s snowy and cold here in Northern Michigan. Today is the first day of our downhill ski season and I thought it would be timely to post my delicious hot cocoa recipe. Many children that ski often look forward to hot cocoa breaks in the lodge to warm up from being out in the elements. Obviously, our boys cannot drink the hot cocoa from the vending machine in the cafeteria since it contains “milk” as one of the main ingredients.
Over the years I have been making my own dairy free version of powdered hot cocoa mix. I make several individual servings for my boys to use throughout the ski season. They simply put the zip lock baggie in one of their ski jacket pockets, add hot water from the cafeteria “hot water” machine, stir, and they are the happiest kids in the lodge. It’s creamy, warm and delicious!
Here’s my recipe which has taken a few years to really perfect:
Dairy Free Hot Cocoa Mix
Yield: 8-10 servings
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hersey’s)
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1/3 c. powdered soy milk (I use Better Than Milk Vanilla Soy Powder purchased in bulk from amazon.com- it’s the creamiest!)
Mix all of the ingredients together with a wire whisk in a bowl. I will often double or even triple the recipe making a huge batch that I store in an air tight container for the winter. I will then scoop about 3 Tablespoons of the mix into several small ziplock bags for my boys to take skiing each day. It stores well and is easy for them to grab out of the pantry in individual servings.
You can also add dehydrated or mini marshmallows to the individual baggies. I usually add these since my boys love marshmallows with their hot cocoa like most children.
Just add hot water to the mix, stir and enjoy! This powdered hot cocoa is not only Dairy Free but it’s creamy and delicious as well! Not to mention, easy to take on the go whether it’s skiing, sledding or ice skating!
With everyone into the full swing of fall and Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to post about FARE’s very successful Teal Pumpkin Project. FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) launched this successful campaign a few years ago and it has taken off across the country to bring awareness about food allergies and this growing epidemic. Additionally, it advocates for a safe Halloween for children that have food allergies by encouraging homeowners to offer safe non-candy alternatives on Halloween.
In year’s past, my boys and I have painted a few pumpkins teal and set them on our porch to let trick-or-treaters know that we have safe “non-candy” options for children that have food allergies. We are excited to paint our pumpkins this year as well! Additionally, you can print a picture of a teal pumpkin from the FARE website and hang in in your window to notify trick-or-treaters that you are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.
This year FARE has partnered with Michael’s craft store which is selling teal paint for your pumpkins and CVS Pharmacy also has accessories to decorate your home with teal pumpkins. This is an amazing campaign and I hope you will support food allergy awareness and place a teal pumpkin on your front porch on Halloween. Thank you for your continued support of this AMAZING campaign that helps to make kids with food allergies feel included and most importantly enjoy a SAFE Halloween!
Please click on this link to print your paper teal pumpkins and learn more about this project at FARE:
This collaboration video Food Allergy Voices by FARE (Food Allergy Research Education) and CBS is eye opening for those who are not affected by food allergies on a daily basis. Please pass along and share this to help us spread food allergy awareness.
Just prior to Halloween on October 24, 2015, I was interviewed by Sean Miller at the Petoskey News Review for the “Teal Pumpkin and Food Allergies” live Podcast. Please click on the link below to listen to my live interview and learn more about food allergies in general.
My boys painted their Teal Pumpkins for the FARE’S Teal Pumpkin Project to raise awareness for food allergies on Halloween. This national campaign will ensure that every child has a safe Halloween. Have you taken the Pledge? Please visit FARE’s website below and join the thousands who have already taken the Pledge.