Thursday, May 31, 2012

day 355: hot cocoa with a twist

heartfelt hot cocoa's for a cold winters day ... these would be cool for valentines too :)
day 355 and the temperatures are noticeably cooler in the mornings and evenings as autumn draws to a close and we prepare for winter.  i have been making hot chocolates for the family as i nice warm up before bedtime.

my sweet family have been helping me all day preparing for our pinterest party next weekend ... lots of crafts to organise.  i wanted to do something special for them so they know how much all their help means to me.  i was reminded this afternoon while out grocery shopping of this pin and how sweet it was ... something simple but meaningful.  who wouldn't like cream in the shape of a heart in their cocoa!

i can't find the original owner of this pin, if you do let me know so i can link it up :) the idea is also pinned to my winter wonderland board.  to do this you simply spread some thickened cream into a container and freeze it.  i lined my container with baking paper so i could get the frozen cream out easily.  then make some hot cocoa, use a cookie cutter to cut heart shapes out of the frozen cream and drop into the hot cocoa ... that's it, but just wait for the smiles when they realise there is something heartfelt in their warm drink.  trust me it's worth it!

spread thickened cream into a lined container

spread out so the cream is about 1" to 1 1/2" thick and then freeze

cut shapes out of the frozen cream and put into the cocoa ... enjoy!

outcome:  this is way too effective not to use again.  the totally surprising thing for me was how long the heart lasted in the hot cocoa without melting and disappearing, you don't have to panic about the heart disappearing before the family/friends are served with hot cocoa as it stayed for ages!  and the smiles, well they were priceless ;)

to the owner of this idea, awesome and thanks ... again, it's the simple things that make everyday so special and this is definitely one of those things.


Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

woah, 10 days to go, a pinterest party! love your love heart.

The Cupcake Architect said...

This is an awesome idea! Good luck with the final organising of your party!

Lisa said...

That's a very cute idea!

Earning My Cape said...

This is very cool! I am totally going to try it!
(Hee hee... posted in the right spot this time! ;-))

Jenny said...

Now this is the perfect use for silicone ice cube moulds!!!
I'm thinking frozen cream lego bricks :0)
I'm all for cream in hot this idea.
Jenny x

Kirsty, New Zealand said...

that's such a good idea jenny, i am totally making lego minifigs for the party!

Jen W. said...

Awww! Super sweet! Looks really yummy!