Hot chocolate has been a big part of my life.
There was that time when we took a full day layover in Vail, Colorado on the Spread the Love tour in 2010, just so I could try some hot chocolate that I had only seen a picture of. It was from this place called Rimini and they called it cioccolato. And, it was….amazing.
There was that time in Paris during my year abroad, when some friends and I stayed in a questionable little flat at the base of Montmartre. We had to pay in cash, and I’m pretty sure we were just staying in someone’s home. But every morning, they would bring us chocolat chaud and croissants with real marmalade. It was heaven. The only thing that would’ve made it any better, was if they sang Lady Marmalade when they delivered it. But I guess that would’ve been pushing it.
There were those countless times in high school during the November & December football games, when a styrofoam cup of watered down Swiss Miss from the boosters club was all that stood between us in our cheerleading skirts and certain hypothermia. I guess they figured frostbite & amputation didn’t really scream Go Fight Win. And once my friend Erica discovered the genius that is dunking a Snickers bar in hot cocoa, we were all pretty happy. Slightly less frozen….and happy.
And of course, there were all those times growing up. When you’d put on seventeen layers of clothes just to go out sledding for fifteen minutes. Where your toes and fingers would go completely numb, while the rest of you was sweating bullets and the scarf wrapped twelve times around your neck threatened to suffocate you. So you’d lay in the snow on your back and stare up at a bright white sky while you tried to cool off. Red nosed and out of breath, you’d go back inside and start to peel off the layers. While your mom put milk on the stove and dug in the cabinet for the mini marshmallows. And even then as it was happening, you somehow knew… those were the moments you were going to remember forever.
Yes, hot chocolate has been a big part of my life.
And like all the things that make life sweeter, you just want to take the time to remember them. And to, of course, share that sweetness with others.
So we thought we’d run a contest. :)
Tell me your favorite hot chocolate associated memory in the comments section below, and one lucky commenter is going to win a canister of some of my favorite hot chocolate of all time: the peppermint hot chocolate from Williams Sonoma. It is truly divine. And…..GO!!