My 6-year-old started a candy business, and now his wallet is so full of cash, that we call him Mr. Money Bags. I actually borrow money from him regularly. And a savvy businessman he is. He sells his candy at 100% profit because well-meaning adults actually give him loads of candy for FREE. He then sells it to his mother for $1.
You might think $1 is a steep price to pay for a candy that likely costs less, but know that a cavity filling costs $100 at the dentist. I can tell you because he had eight of them last year.
But some days, selling really awesome candy is not so easy for a 6-year-old. And because this transaction is by no means compulsory, yesterday I decided to sweeten the deal when he later regretted handing over a big candy stick. A homemade hot cocoa did the trick.
Cheers, Mr. Money Bags.
HOMEMADE HOT COCOA
1 cup milk of choice per person (real milk or vegan milk will all work)
1t cocoa powder per person (I use Trader Joe’s or Hershey’s, and it doesn’t need a kosher symbol)
1/2t vanilla (or 1t if you’re making a lot of cups of milk)
1.5t maple syrup per cup of milk
Heat milk in a sauce pot on medium heat for a few minutes without letting it boil. In a separate bowl, stir together cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla and syrup. Once milk is hot, stir chocolate mixture into the pot.
dash cinnamon. If it’s bitter, add a little more syrup.