Winter Picnic Inspiration
When I was in college I used to go to this coffee shop that served a chocolate covered cherry mocha that I loved deeply. That was, ahem, a few years ago, and I’ve never found another coffee shop that can duplicate this dreamy drink. Inspired by the brew I once loved and lost, I created my new favorite hot chocolate: Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa. No, my recipe isn’t for coffee, but dare I say it’s even better?
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Next, add the secret ingredient – 3 T. of maraschino cherry juice. For the kiddos, just serve up this chocolate covered cherry goodness with marshmallows, or stir in a spoonful of marshmallow fluff.
I love the idea of having a winter weather picnic in the park, or your own backyard. I placed all of my ingredients into a suitcase, instead of a traditional picnic basket. And how perfect is this vintage-inspired plaid Thermos® bottle for the occasion? I’m a sucker for the print!
Even better – the vacuum insulation technology keeps hot drinks hot (and cold drinks cold). True story: I poured it full of piping hot chocolate around noon for our picnic, but forgot about the leftover brew until dinnertime. It was still the perfect temperature!
- 12 oz.hot cocoa
- 1 jar maraschino cherries in juice
- Marshmallow liqueur (optional, for 21+ over)
- Prepare 12 oz. of hot cocoa using your favorite recipe or mix.
- Add 3 T. maraschino cherry juice.
- Optional, add 2 oz. marshmallow liqueur.
- Garnish with marshmallows. Enjoy!