Several years ago when I was probably 12 or so, my mom and I made hot cocoa for dessert one night during the Christmas season. She told me about how when she was little she would dunk buttered toast into her hot cocoa. At first it sounded like a crazy idea to me, but after trying it I was surprised by how delicious it really was. Last night when I was craving hot cocoa I remembered that it would not be complete without a piece of buttered toast.
The toast acts like a sponge soaking up the rich, chocolately cocoa. The salty butter on the toast adds a dimension of savory contrast. The combination is perfect. Need I say more?
My mom and I did not use a specific recipe, so last night I found this Hershey’s Hot Cocoa recipe. It is simple and quick to make. With only a few ingredients and a few minutes you can make homemade hot cocoa for yourself. Pop some bread in the toaster and spread some butter on top. The key is to cut your toast at a diagonal so you have the perfect shape for dunking.
The holiday season is a time for traditions, new and old, but it is always important to hold on to the ones that mean the most. Gathering family members for a baking day, enjoying hot cocoa and toast, midnight mass and opening stocking stuffers on Christmas morning are a few that I will always treasure.
It’s always fun exchanging ideas and sharing memories with others, so I’d love to hear what your Christmas traditions are. Let’s talk about memories in the comment section below!
5 days until Christmas!