A cup of hot cocoa topped with whipped cream, garnished with green sprinkles and accompanied by a chocolate groundhog cookie, served on a saucer decorated with a chocolate groundhog shadow and more green sprinkles. This must be the most delicious way to celebrate Groundhog Day. The following recipe and picture tutorial, from Mandy Heaston of Gourmet Mom-on-the-Go, will walk you through the process of making this yummy cute snack - drink.
Groundhog Day Hot Cocoa
Recipe and Images by Gourmet Mom-on-the-Go; licensed under a CC BY 3.0 US license
YOU WILL NEED
Hot cocoa (any kind)
Chocolate covered cookies (Grasshopper Cookies or Girl Scout Thin Mints)
Edible eyeballs -- recipe
Chocolate chips (for ears)
Large heart sprinkle (or mini M & M's or any other candy, for nose)
Green sugar sprinkles
Candy Melts or coating compound, such as CandiQuik
Melt about 4 oz. CandiQuik in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. DO NOT USE chocolate chips, they will not set up hard enough to hold your groundhog to the cup. You can buy Candy Melts at Walmart in the craft section or CandiQuik at your local grocery store in the baking aisle.
Lay out your cookies on wax paper. Dip a toothpick or pointed knife into the melted chocolate and make three dots on your cookie - - two for the eyes and one for the nose. Attach eyes and nose. I made the eyes looking downward so they could be watching his "shadow". Dip two chocolate chips into melted chocolate and attach to sides of cookie for ears:
Let your rodents dry until set, about 15 minutes. I made these the night before and just left them out so they'd be ready for morning.
Using a spoon, smear some melted chocolate on the side of a mug:
Press groundhog into chocolate and let set until dry, about 15 minutes. If you want to speed things up, make these on a cookie sheet and pop them in the fridge for a few minutes.
While your groundhog is drying, smear a shadow shape of melted chocolate onto a saucer with a spoon:
Your groundhog is ready. Does he look worried to you? Actually, they all look worried ... look the other way, groundhogs. We want Spring to come.
Fill with hot cocoa ...
And add whipped cream and green sprinkles. Enjoy!
Recipe: Groundhog Day Cocoa
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