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Warm memories served with slow cooker hot chocolate


With the bitterly cold temperatures we’ve been having, I think we are all looking for ways to stay warm. For me, it’s normally a big pot of coffee with lots of sugar and creamer. When I was a kid, it was always a warm cup of hot chocolate.

Whenever I think of hot chocolate, I think of my grandma and having hot chocolate at her house. One of my favorite childhood memories is when I used to get to stay at my grandparents’ farm house for a few days each summer.

It was always a special treat when Grandma offered to make hot chocolate. It wasn’t that she made some special hot chocolate recipe or we needed it in the summer to stay warm, but it was always nice sitting around the table with my grandparents and enjoying the special treat together.

My grandma would heat up a mug full of milk in the microwave for each of us. Then, she would open a can of Hershey’s syrup and place it on the table.

The best part was that Grandma always served hot chocolate with cookies. She always had cookies on hand whether in the cookie jar or in the freezer. The cookies she pulled from the freezer earlier in the morning that were still sometimes cold were the best for dipping into the hot chocolate. You could dip them in longer to soak up the warm hot chocolate without them disintegrating into the cup.

My favorite cookies to dip in my hot chocolate were her gingersnaps and snickerdoodles. They always tasted good dipped and made the hot chocolate even better.

This week I’m sharing a recipe for hot chocolate that you can make in your slow cooker. Add some extras in to make it your own! I would suggest serving it with a plate of gingersnaps or other cookies for dipping. Enjoy!


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