Celebrate National Hot Cocoa Day with the Old Towne Spice Shoppe

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(KTVI)- Carol Hurst from the Olde Town Spice Shoppe celebrates National Hot Cocoa Day with a recipe that could turn in a game at your holiday shin-dig. You can make the base for Snowball Cotton Candy Cocoa. But, your guests can add their own finishing touch.

This could really heat up a kids' party.

Snowball Cotton Candy Cocoa

6 cups of 2% milk
6 tbl of Dutched cocoa (yes, you can use other cocoa- but Dutched has a smoother flavor)
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
6 'handfuls' of cotton candy (handful= a piece as large as an adult fist)
Optional whipped cream and cinnamon for garnishing

Set aside one cup of the milk and place the remaining 5 cups in a saucepan. Place the split vanilla bean in the saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes until hot. In the meantime, heat the once cup of reserved milk in the microwave for a minute until hot and stir in the 6 tbl of cocoa, breaking up the lumps with a fork and stirring.

Remove the split vanilla bean from the simmering pan and add in the cocoa/milk mixture, stirring to incorporate all. Pour the hot milk mixture in to each cup. Provide the handful of cotton candy to each drinker and have them deposit the 'snowball' in to the cocoa- it will melt instantly like magic!

Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon.

(If you don't have cotton candy, you can substitute one tbl of sugar per cup of cocoa)

For more great recipes go to oldtownspices.com, and Make Life Delicious!

Olde Town Spice Shoppe
334 S. Main St.
Saint Charles, MO 63301
(636) 916-3600

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