Saturday, January 10, 2009

Baby, it's cold outside!

Nothing helps us survive the winter like a great cup of cocoa.  We drink a lot of it around here, and over the years have come up with a bunch of ways to enjoy it.  One of our favorite new cocoa ingredients is Pop'rs!  Pop'rs are like flavored pop rocks (remember those--they explode in your mouth!). They were originally designed to help motivate kids to eat their veggies (butter, buffalo wings and taco flavors).  As it happens, my kids eat their veggies the way they are, so when I won one of Veggie Mom's Pop'rs Giveaways, I picked cocoa, raspberry and cinnamon flavors (plus butter for popcorn--mmmm). They make some heart and hand warming treats!  Go visit Veggie Mom at Eat Your Veggies right now, and you could win some too!  She's got an infomercial you won't want to miss, featuring my very own Ben P. (who you may remember is the chocolate mint boy like his mom).

If you need a good warm drink, here are a few recipes:

Chocolate Mint Swirl

Add Mint Truffle creamer to a cup of hot cocoa.  Sprinkle with cocoa Pop'rs to get the crackling started.  Top with whipped cream.  Sprinkle with Andes Creme de Menthe baking chips and more cocoa Pop'rs.

Razzle Dazzle

Add Chocolate Raspberry creamer to a cup of hot cocoa.  Sprinkle with raspberry Pop'rs.  Top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with more raspberry Pop'rs, cocoa Pop'rs, or both.

Spiced Apple

Add cinnamon Pop'rs to a cup of hot cider (spiced is even better).  Top with whipped cream and more cinnamon Pop'rs.  I can imagine this would be heavenly drizzled with caramel!


WheresMyAngels said...

How can you do that to me?? I'm trying to be good and lose weight and now you got chocolate mint on my mind. I want a cup of that cocoa.

I've been wanting to order some of those Pop'rs. Hopefully next paycheck.

Marrdy said...

I won some poprs too and have the butter and taco. Alex (the 14 year old) just eats them, never puts them on anything.

Becky Welch said...

YUM!!! I won some Pop'rs bars one time - they were great!

Michele said...

Oh, this sounds lovely. Thanks for the tip! Off to visit Veggie mom.

Joy in the Burbs... said...

That cup of hot cocoa looks delicious. I haven't tried the Pop'rs. I'll go check Mr. Ben.

Melissa B. said...

I saw your cute little boy in the video over at Veggie Mom's place. Can't wait to try one of these-or maybe all of them?-with my Pop'rs!

Michelle said...

I'm licking my screen but it just doesn't taste the same as that big cup of hot cocoa.