Santa brought me a Mr. Coffee Cafe Motion for Christmas.
Since we don't drink coffee at our house (although I could probably use it some days) I was a little confused at this gift. Then I realized it could be used for making hot cocoa. We don't often drink cocoa either, but that's mostly due to the fact that it's a pain in the neck to make, especially on the cold but rushed school mornings when a cup of warmth would do the most good.
This little appliance takes the hassle out of cocoa making and provides the perfect cup every time. Just add water (or milk) and the correct amount of cocoa, turn the timer, and the little motor spins and stirs while the heating element adds just enough thermal energy.
Getting the right temperature for tender little mouths has taken a few tries, but now that the correct warming time has been worked out, we will never again have to deal with too hot, watery cocoa with large clumps of unmixed powder floating around on top.
We have also run through a batch of hot cider. As I see it, the possibilities are endless.
Thanks, Santa. And thanks for the Stephen's Mint Truffle, Michael and Sally. It was the perfect mix to work out the bugs with.