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Weekend Family Activity: Hot Chocolate Stand

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 If there’s one thing we love in the wintertime more than people shoveling our sidewalks, it’s people handing out hot chocolate.

This weekend, when the temperatures hit a frigid 25° F, pull out your thermos and marshmallows, because you can brighten your neighborhood’s day by setting up a hot chocolate stand. It may sound ridiculous to stand in the cold handing out cups of frothy, chocolate joy, but it will bring you and your family together. And in turn, it will teach you and your children the joy of serving others.

Another take on the hot chocolate stand is the hot chocolate van. Next time a storm rolls through your neighborhood, load up your car with a few gallons of hot chocolate and roam the neighborhood looking for do-gooders shoveling sidewalks. Hand them a cup of steaming hot chocolate to make them feel appreciated. You’ll love serving those who are serving others, since their hands are sure to be icicles by the end of shoveling out a few houses.

First thing’s first, you’ll need a lot of hot chocolate. Here’s a twist on typical hot chocolate recipe. Whip up a batch or two and enjoy!

Snow Flake Cocoa

Ingredients
4 cups whipping cream
12 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 (12 ounce) packages white chocolate chips

Directions
Stir together whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and white chocolate chips in slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted. Stir again before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and candy canes.

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