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Hello I {Heart} Naptime readers!  I’m Vivienne from The V Spot I’m very happy to be here today to share a holiday tip to help keep your little people from getting burned by one of the season’s most common treats. Hot chocolate.
Have you ever burned your tongue?  Of course you have.  It hurts, and it would be preventable if you just had enough patience to wait for it to cool.

Look at this little face….

Can you see the excitement…?  The eagerness to dive into this steaming cup of hot cocoa…?  The reluctance to listen to mommy when she says “wait until that cools a little, OK?”

{ Iced Hot Chocolate }

Do away with the waiting (and the burned tongues) by making Hot Cocoa Ice Cubes.

You can use regular old ice cube trays for this, but the holiday shaped ones provide a little extra fun.

I couldn’t find Christmas ice cube trays yet, so I opted for lollipop molds as a temporary alternative.  Not the best choice, but it worked well enough for now.  Make a cup of cocoa according to packet directions. Set the molds and/or trays onto a cookie sheet and carefully fill them with the cooled cocoa.  Pop the cookie sheet into the freezer.
When frozen, turn the “cocoa cubes” out of the molds and store them in a ziploc bag for future use.
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Because they’re made out of cocoa, they don’t water down the drink.   The kids like to add in the cubes themselves, along with the marshmallows or in the case of this particular photo shoot: whipped cream and a candy cane.
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(By the way, this is also nice to do with coffee too.  Our coffee maker brews it up super hot and I always seem to have a little extra coffee in the pot.  With the price of coffee being what it is, I want to be sure I’m not wasting it.)

This is very simple tip and very easy to do… but sometimes the simplest things are the best things.  Happy Holidays!

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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7 Responses to “Iced Hot Chocolate {CCC}”

  1. Beth Parker

    Clever tip! Thanks for sharing. So simple, yet it never occurred to me. I’ll have to remember this for next time we have hot cocoa. It snowed today, so it will probably be soon!

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  2. Karen

    That is pure genius! We make Hot Chocolate after school when it rains, so pretty soon my kids will be having too much of it…..Definitely taking this tip. So clever!

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