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Toast to Winter: The best hot cocoa recipe

Updated: Dec 6, 2023


As winter descends upon the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota transforms into a snow-covered wonderland, blanketing everything in a serene layer of white. For college students navigating the chilly climate, finding solace amid frozen landscapes becomes an art. Winter in Minnesota is not for the faint of heart. As the cold winds sweep across the campus, students bundle up in layers of scarves, hats, and oversized winter jackets. The campus becomes a picturesque scene straight out of a postcard, with snow-laden trees and frozen lakes offering a backdrop that's both stunning and bone-chilling.

Picture this: snow falling gently outside your window, the soft glow of fairy lights illuminating your room, and the sound of laughter echoing down the hallway. In this college student's winter utopia, the evening is incomplete without a mug of hot chocolate to cradle while swapping stories with friends or tackling a pile of assignments. Whether concocted in a communal kitchen or crafted with care in a tiny dorm room, this beverage is a lifeline during the long, frigid nights.


Hot Cocoa Recipe

  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 2 to 3 tsps Cocoa Powder

  • 2 Tbsps Sugar

  • 1 cup Milk

  • Dash of salt

Make it Boozy!

  • 2 ounces Whipped Vodka

  • 1 ounce Peppermint Schnapps

  • 1 Peppermint Stick (optional)

  • Garnish with whipped cream (optional)


As college students in Minnesota, winter is not just a season – it's a lifestyle. Embracing the cold, navigating the snow-covered paths, and finding comfort in the company of friends are all part of the adventure. And in the heart of it all, a simple mug of hot chocolate becomes a cherished tradition, a warm refuge from the winter blues, and a reminder that, even in the coldest of climates, the joy of community and the simple pleasures of a cozy beverage can make the frostiest of days feel like home.

So, here's to winter in Minnesota – may your hot chocolate be warm, your friendships be lasting, and your spirits be high in the face of the snowflake spectacular!

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