For my birthday this year Joe surprised me with a trip to the east side of the state for a weekend away full of fun activities. He planned out every stop, meal, cocktail and shopping destination for the entire time. As a major planner it felt really nice to sit back and let someone else take the reins. We started the weekend with dinner at our hotel and then top golf. We never stay out late but hey when you get a night or two off from parenting you enjoy your time away and stay out a little later.
Saturday morning we went to this adorable little brunch spot called the Rochester Brunch House. We enjoyed these awesome cinnamon roll pancakes and mimosas. Being early risers we didn’t have a wait when we arrived but by the time our food came there was a line out the door. We didn’t want to tie up our table any longer but having an hour to kill before the museum opened we moved to the bar to enjoy one more mimosa. The owners grandson sat next to me at the bar (he was 7) and his grandma made him a hot chocolate with a big pile of whipped cream. She topped it with a big handful of fruity pebbles and he was so content to just sit and sip his drink. I thought to myself what a great idea! How can I make a milk and cereal cup of hot chocolate at home? I wrote the idea down in my “food notes” on my phone and we headed off to the edsel ford home for a tour.
We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing, eating and enjoying each others company. We had an amazing dinner at a place called Pernoi. It was an epic three course and dessert dining experience that was some of the most innovative and flavorful food that I’ve had in a long time. It was all in all a wonderful weekend. Over the next week I kept racking my brain on how I could whip up a milk and cereal concept for hot chocolate. Something different… I had to laugh because the first thing that came to my mind was when an internet troll mistook my gallon of orange juice for sweetened condensed milk. I thought what a great idea! I will use sweetened condensed milk as the “milk” portion of my milk and cereal hot chocolate. So I got to work one Sunday afternoon adding ingredients as I whipped up my ultimate hot chocolate beverage.
14oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
6 cups of water
1 cup of chocolate chips
Your favorite cereal ( I used the marshmallows from Lucky Charms)
Heavy Whipping Cream or Whipped Cream
In a saucepan over low heat add the sweetened condensed milk and cocoa powder and whisk together. Do NOT bring to a boil. Slowly whisk in the water and once warmed through stir in the chocolate chips.
In the bowl of a mixer with the whisk attachement whisk heavy cream on high speed for about 1o minutes until stiff peaks form. Pipe or put a scoop of cream on top of hot chocolate and then sprinkle in your favorite cereal. Enjoy!