If I had to pin Fall down with one word, it would be 'cozy'. Wearing long johns feels like a novelty (ask me again in a few months if I still feel the same), the only produce I crave is pumpkin and apples, and walking outside means the constant crunching of leaves.
Plus, hot beverages are not as stifling and rich flavors sooth instead of weigh you down. When given the option, I'll almost always choose the rich over the sweet. I cram real whipping cream into an unreasonable amount of foods and the answer to "Butter?" is always "yes!"
Having a hot cocoa mix on hand that makes me happy is going to be essential to getting through this winter. I kept it sickeningly simple and used xylitol instead of sugar.
The homemade marshmallows and spoonful of whipped cream on top isn't necessary, but highly encouraged. That's where real living happens!
I made The Urban Poser marshmallows because they're loaded with gelatin and sweetened only with honey. Truly fun! Plus, not a drop of corn syrup!
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix (Refined Sugar-Free)
Yield: about 12 8-ounce servings of hot cocoa
1/2 cup cocoa powder (darker the better)
1/2 cup xylitol, powdered
Whisk together cocoa and xylitol and store in a airtight container. If your xylitol granules are large, powder them in a blender or coffee grinder before combining with the cocoa.
To make hot cocoa, heat milk in a pan until steaming (8 ounces per serving). Whisk in 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of dry mix for every 8 ounces of milk. For example, 16 ounces of milk will yield 2 servings and use 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of dry mix.
Serve topped with a spoonful of whipped cream and homemade marshmallows (at least once)!