National Hot Chocolate Day on Jan. 31: Homemade Hot Cocoa with Frozen Whipped Cream Cut-Outs

Did you know National Hot Chocolate Day is January 31? This week, we have a cozy homemade hot cocoa recipe with a fun twist: frozen whipped cream cut-outs in your favorite shapes! Add a snowman cut-out or a heart for Valentine’s Day in February.
Supreme Hot Cocoa Recipe
– 3/4 cup white sugar
– 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1 pinch salt
– 1/3 cup boiling water
– 3 1/2 cups milk
– 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Frozen Whipped Cream Cut-Outs Recipe
– 11/2 cups (12floz/350ml) cold heavy whipping cream
– 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract (optional)
1. Line a 8×8 inch tray (or any small tray) with parchment paper
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cream, sugar and vanilla extract (if using) until the cream reaches a soft peak.
3. Use a spatula to spread the whipped cream onto your tray, taking care to even out the top.4. Freeze until solid (Recommended to do this the night before and freeze overnight).
5. Using festive cookie cutters, press firmly into the cream and lift straight up. Lay back on the tray and store in the freezer until ready to use.
6. When ready to serve, top each of your hot chocolates with a frozen whipped cream cut-out.