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A Tasty Treat to Warm You

By Mackenzie Reynolds

Winter has finally hit, and it is cold outside! I'm Mackenzie Reynolds, the Genesee County Dairy Princess. Consuming dairy products will help you stay healthy through these cold days. Milk provides a high level of essential nutrients, compared to its calories. Milk is an excellent source of calcium, and an adequete intake of calcium helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis. In addition, milk is a good source of high quality protein, that contains all essential amino acids. So the next time you go to reach for juice or soda, instead grab milk. You can also enjoy milk in this hot chocolate recipe I've included.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 cups milk

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

3 drops peppermint oil

Sweetened whip cream for garnish

Chocolate shavings for garnish

In a saucepan, combine cream, milk, sugar, and salt, and heat over medium to low heat. When the cream mixture just begins to steam, add the chopped chocolate, and stir until melted. Stir in the peppermint oil. Divide the hot chocolate among mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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