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Cherry Hot Chocolate

Brr! Battle the frigid cold in southeast Michigan with this sweet-tart twist on cocoa that's sure to warm your family right up

Whether you and your kids celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or another holiday, there's one seasonal treat that unifies us all each winter: hot chocolate. No matter your faith or age, and whether topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, a mug is the perfect prescription to warm a family, body and soul.

But somewhere along the way, powdered packet varieties rendered this luring liquid – first whipped-up by the ancient Mayans and later exulted by Thomas Jefferson – a tad stale. So, with the cold weather upon us, Metro Parent thinks it's prime time to unleash the full wonder of this delectable holiday staple – with a piping-hot serving of homemade cherry hot chocolate. Simple ingredients including milk, heavy cream, chocolate syrup, sugar and maraschino cherries merge for this singular sweet-tart beverage.

It's compliments of Hot Chocolate: 50 Heavenly Cups of Comfort by Fred Thompson. So hunker down, cuddle up and get sippin' on this mouth-watering elixir!

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