Monday, January 25, 2016

Extra-thick hot chocolate kids can spoon up


This is Max's favorite hot chocolate. It's thickened, so it's good for kids with swallowing challenges or sensory issues. Oh, and it's yummy!

Ingredients

2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
Dash salt
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
5 .16 oz packets of Hormel Thick & Easy Instant Food & Beverage Thickener (nectar consistency, taste-free), or about 4 & 1/2  teaspoons Thick-It Instant Food and Beverage Thickener Unflavored

How to

Mix sugar, cocoa, salt and thickener in a large mug. Nuke milk in microwave for about 1 & 1/2 minutes, until hot, or heat in saucepan. Slowly add milk to cocoa mixture, and stir a lot. Enjoy watching your child enjoy!


13 comments:

  1. Ellen....
    Alright, so I woke up this morning--on my 32nd birthday!!--and craved some hot chocolate. I told it "no". "I'll have vanilla cake today," I reasoned with myself, "I don't need hot chocolate, too!!" "But it's your birthday," the cravings said. Now? NOW? I read this Blog post and guess what? I want that hot chocolate even more!! Enabler!! Hee, hee, hee.... ;-D
    Love you later, Raelyn
    PS. No hard feelings, Friend!! ;)

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    1. FlutistPride....
      "The Solution: Chocolate cake!" Call me weird.... Because I know that I am!! But this chocolate addict actually prefers fluffy, vanilla, white cake over chocolate!! And I just indulged myself in one huge piece!! Because, why not?! It was absolutely delicious!! And besides.... It is my birthday!! I'll work it off when I hip sway/dance/cut loose to Bruce Springsteen, later.... Right? ;)
      Love you later, Raelyn

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    2. Happpy Birthday, girlfriend! I sure hope you celebrated with hot chocolate.

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    3. Ellen....
      Thank-you, Friend!! I celebrated with three pieces of store-bought white cake!! Yikes!! ;-}
      Love you later, Raelyn

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  2. How do you prevent yourself from stealing some? It looks amazing.

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    1. Oh, that's easy, Anna: I make myself some too. :)

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  3. What?! How did I not know that instant food thickener was a thing! I need this for my little man who has difficulty with eating/swallowing too. THANK YOU!

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    1. Anon, try to get a consult with a feeding specialist if you can or find a local speech therapist who has experience with feeding issues. I've gotten helpful tips for Max that way over the years.

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  4. Thank you for writing this article and educating people about how food and beverage thickeners can help people with swallowing difficulties. If anyone wants to speak to our customer care team about Thick-It, please call 800-333-0003. You can also visit us at http://thickit.com/.

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  5. My daughter struggles with thinner liquids, but loves chocolate! I'll have to make this for her... She'll go nuts!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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Thanks for sharing!



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