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Jack brought home this recipe from a restaurant at Iowa State University.  It’s from the 11th president’s wife who surely knew how to entertain–it makes a deliciously frothy, sweet, rich, fudgey hot chocolate.  We made it for our farewell party and it was a hit.  It does take a bit of preparation beforehand and there is no skimping on the calories, but it’s worth it for a holiday get together.  The recipe can be reduced for entertaining a smaller crowd too.



Cocoa Mixture
2 cups cocoa
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon salt


Mix together in a saucepan and over medium-high heat, bring to 218-220F (use a candy thermometer), stirring constantly.  Do not scrape the sides of the pan.  Chill overnight.

Chocolate Cream
1 quart whipping cream
Chilled cocoa mixture

Whip cream until soft peaks form.  Fold in cocoa mixture.  Keep chilled until needed.
Try your best not to eat all the whipped chocolate…

Steamed Vanilla Milk
2 gallons whole milk
2 1/2 Tablespoons vanilla

Heat milk until hot.  Add vanilla.

To serve:  Mix one or two heaping spoonfuls of chocolate cream in cup.  Add hot milk and stir.  Top with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.


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