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February 5, 2010

THE COLD days of winter call for hot drinks.

The following are recipes which can take the chill out of the season.

HOT CHOCOLATE from Family Fun Magazine

The secret ingredient in this mix is the mini chocolate chips, which melt when combined with the boiling water and give the cocoa an extra-rich flavor. The recipe is great when you want to whip up a big batch of chocolatey goodness or to package up for a chocolate loving Valentine. The recipe makes enough for four gift-size portions, each of which can be measured into a small plastic bag and tucked into a cup or mug filled with mini marshmallows, candy stick stirrers, and a spoon. Wrap each filled gift cup in cellophane and don't forget to include a tag with the following instructions: "Spoon 3 or 4 generous tablespoons of cocoa mix into your cup (depending on the size), add boiling water, and stir well."


2 cups nonfat dry milk powder

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer

1/8 teaspoon salt

Measure all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk them until they are evenly blended. Store the mix in a tightly covered container at room temperature until you're ready to package it. Makes about 4 cups of mix.



1 (64-fluid ounce) bottle apple cider

3 cinnamon sticks

1 teaspoon whole allspice

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1/3 cup brown sugar

In a slow cooker, combine apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Wrap allspice and cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth, and add to pot. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and keep warm.

Hot Toddy from

Not only is this drink delicious, but it is also rumored to help out with the common cold. Considering the ingredients, it might be true!

Combine 2 ounces brandy, 6 ounces hot tea and 1 tablesppon honey in a mug and stir until honey is fully dissolved. Add the lemon wedge and enjoy!

Ginger Tea with Lemon & Honey from

1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger

2 cups water

juice of 1 lemon

honey to taste

Simmer ginger and water for five minutes. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and honey.

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