Hot Chocolate, Whipped Cream and Peppermint – Oh My!

Slide1.JPGFreedom Friday, Fun Food Friday, Fresh Food Friday, Fabulous Friday – this was the topic of conversation Friday morning in my classroom.  I had promised the students that we would make Homemade Hand-Whipped Cream and Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix for Taste It Tuesday.  Tuesday came and went and we had an unexpected special, two 12+ hour days with parent teacher conferences (this teacher is TIRED.) so everything got moved to Friday afternoon and we decided we needed a new name for Fridays. (I love those teaching moments that just happen and this was one of those as I explained how a Thesaurus works)  We decided on “Fresh Food Friday” and added it to our schedule for 2:00 p.m.

I love to use recipes from Ree Drummond’s website,  The Pioneer Woman they are so consistent, taste great and these two are really easy for kids to make.  We used her Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix and her Homemade Hand-Whipped Cream recipes which you can link to from the names above.  I have to say, I am always sorry that I don’t take more pictures during these cooking adventures.  I need a go pro attached to a head lamp because my hands are always full or sticky so I don’t pick up my phone often enough.  Let’s just say it was fast and furious and fun!  We had sore arms from whipping the cream, I had 4 batches going at our four table groups.  Two tables made it using the ball jar method and two were whipping with a whisk.  We made the hot chocolate mix together and then right as we were running out of time, I couldn’t find the electric kettle – sigh – picture a crazed 2nd grade teacher opening cupboards looking for pots and pans and trying to boil water as quickly as possible… yep, that’s pretty much it.  (We are very lucky to have a stove in our 2nd grade pod, in a dream classroom, I would have one in my room!)

I added the water to each of their jars, I used ball jars which we are going to use for our snow globes we make in December (so fun!).  As the students were stirring, I showed them how to put unwrapped peppermint candies in a plastic bag and then, using the side of a hammer smashing them gently to make a yummy, unique and pretty topping for their cocoa.

The bell rang and it was as mad rush to make sure everyone got to try some but they all left with BIG smiles on their faces. Happy Fresh Food Friday!


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Bonnie Hannigan

I'm a 2nd grade teacher in a small mountain town who believe in cartwheels, coffee and making learning fun.

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