1/28/2010

Groundhog Hot Cocoa

It's almost Groundhog Day!
Hopefully Punxsutawney Phil will tell us that Spring is on the way! How about a little Groundhog Cocoa to celebrate?
For those non-US residents, Groundhog Day is February 2nd. It's a strange little holiday where we all watch a groundhog in Pennsylvania come out of his hole early in the morning. If he sees his shadow and runs back inside, it means 6 more weeks of Winter. If he doesn't see his shadow and comes out, it means Spring is on the way. Strange, I know. Those crazy Americans. On that note, let's eat some rodents!

Groundhog Day Hot Cocoa
Ingredients:
--Hot Cocoa (any kind)
--Chocolate covered cookies (grasshopper cookies or Lisa said try Girl Scout Thin Mints)
--Edible Eyeballs
--Chocolate Chips (for ears)
--Large heart sprinkle (or mini M&M or any other candy, for nose)
--Whipped Cream
--Green sugar
--Candy Melts or coating compound (such as Candi-Quik, found in the baking aisle)
--Wax Paper

Directions:
Melt about 4 oz. candi-quik in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. DO NOT USE chocolate chips, they will not set up hard enough to hold your groundhog to the cup. You can buy candy melts at Wal-Mart in the craft section or Candi-Quik at your local grocery store in the baking aisle.
Lay out your cookies on wax paper. Dip a toothpick or pointed knife into the melted chocolate and make three dots on your cookie--two for the eyes and one for the nose. Attach eyes and nose. I made the eyes looking downward so they could be watching his "shadow". Dip two chocolate chips into melted chocolate and attach to sides of cookie for ears (see below). Let your rodents dry until set, about 15 minutes. I made these the night before and just left them out so they'd be ready for morning! Using a spoon, smear some melted chocolate on the side of a mug. Press groundhog into chocolate and let set until dry, about 15 minutes. If you want to speed things up, make these on a cookie sheet and pop them in the fridge for a few minutes. While your groundhog is drying, smear a shadow shape of melted chocolate onto a saucer with a spoon. Your groundhog is ready! Does he look worried to you? Actually, they all look worried....look the other way, groundhogs! We want Spring to come! Fill with cocoa... And add whipped cream and green sprinkles....Enjoy!

30 comments:

Julie said...

Very cute idea!

Jessica said...

Being that I'm in PA, this would be a HUGE hit!!!

Mommyto2boys said...

Love, love, love the idea! Very creative and too stinkin cute!

Chels said...

Everyone forgets about poor Punxsutawney with V-day right around the corner. Perfect idea!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Oh, with the SHADOW!!! That is adorable!!! You have the best ideas!

Amanda said...

OMG!! That's the cutest thing I have ever seen! I love your stuff, you know what a big fan I am :)

Pip said...

Canada also has Groundhog Day, we have Wiarton Willie. Teehee. I think your creations need to see my staff room!

Anonymous said...

This is amazing!! Adorable.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Oh my Lord, could these be any cuter??? Love them.

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

That is so cute! What a fun way to celebrate the groundhog :D I think he needs to say early spring!!

phasejumper said...

I love these! This will be a perfect beverage to go with your groundhog pancakes!! Or you could use the same treatment in a regular cup with dirt pudding in it for a snack! I just love holidays....

Tiffany said...

I love this. We have hot chocolate all of the time. Thanks for the great idea!

CWDkids said...

Absolutely adorable!

Ashley, with CWDkids
www.kidbits.cwdkids.com

A Full-Timed Housefly said...

This is soooo cuteeee ! I'm sure its a hit with the kids

kenziekylanmom said...

I have to tell you that I just found your blog actually I found it about an hour ago and I know that I have a problem, I can't look away! You have so many fun ideas I just can't stop looking and looking my 9 yr DD loves to cook and is going to be SOOOOO excited about all of these recipes.

Mandy said...

Thank you SO MUCH for the great feedback and nice words, I was wondering how this one would go over.
Kenzie, how sweet, you just made my day. Have fun cooking w/ your daughter!

Katrina said...

Those are really, really cute, Mandy!

Kat said...

Adorable!

Tami said...

I'm from Pa. so I know Phil quite well. lol!

Your cocoa cups are just adorable!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is so, so creative! I love it! Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.

KiwiLog said...

Hi! We loved your post over at KiwiLog and decided to feature it as part of our weekly mom blog round-up. Thanks!

Sheila said...

The cutest thing I've seen all week!

Dee Light said...

Thanks for such a wonderful idea! We will be making this today :)

Melanie at Finally Homeschooling said...

I made some for my daughters. Thank you so much for helping make a pretty ordinary day start with such giant smiles!

Sweet and Savory said...

Simply adorable.

Girlfrog said...

I made these tonight for my children and they loved them! I think they will be a tradition!

Amanda said...

This is the cutest thing I've ever seen! Such a clever idea!

Donna said...

This is so incredibly cute!

Roberta said...

Adorable!

Michelle said...

I love it. Just what I need to get through what promises to be another no school day tomorrow! I'm sharing on my blog today --