Cherry Hot Chocolate

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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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