Growing up in New England, my childhood winters were snowy, cold, and long. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the season. My brother, friends, and I made snow people and snow angels, went sledding and skiing, skated on the frozen lakes… and then came home to perfect, homemade hot chocolate. I’m not talking the pre-sweetened packets, either. Mom warmed milk (those days we had raw milk—and she was always careful not to burn it), whisked in cocoa and sugar, and sometimes even added marshmallows or whipped cream.
These days, I’m a southern transplant and don’t get the snow to play in, but this time of year always brings me back to those comfort foods and beverages of my childhood (as it does so many of us).
As an herbalist, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate plants to support the health and wellness of my family and clients, and herbal hot chocolate helps me do just that. I still love drinking hot chocolate, and it’s a sumptuous way to get in my “daily dose” of herbal powders, decoctions, even tinctures—with the added benefit of antioxidants and bitter principles. More