Death by Chocolate Star Wars Hot Chocolate

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I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE STAR WARS!!!! Like watching it on opening day in my Star Wars sweathshirt at the earliest showing LOOOOOOOVE Star Wars! I  also LOOOOOOOVE hot chocolate. I'm not the biggest fan of chocolate but I must admit, a hot cup of cocoa in the winter is ideal! I was craving some hot chocolate on Monday and just had to make a cup to help me get through my Monday night planning session and photo editing. I borrowed the recipe from Centsable Momma but tweaked it just a little. I'm completely intolerant to half and half so I substituted that and the sugar for sweetened condensed milk (that thick gooey stuff is sooooooooooo good; also my lactose intolerance is really picky). And although I'm a fan of hot cocoa I still can't have it too chocolately so I skipped the chocolate chip morsels inside and just put it on top with the whipped cream. but left in the recipe for you guys. I was also attracted to the recipe because it reminded me of the song, "Death By Chocolate" by Sia. The first verse goes,

Death by chocolate is myth
This I know because I lived
I've been around for broken hearts and how
Lay your head in my hands little girl
This is only right now

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What happened next was mind blowing! Of course I added my own mini marshmallows and topped it with whipped cream and more cocoa powder because it just wouldn't be hot chocolate without it. So pull out your hot cocoa mix or your unsweetened cocoa and let's warm up with a big mug together!

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Death by Chocolate Star Wars Hot Chocolate

Serves: 4 cups

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chip morsels
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • 3½ cups milk
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Combine the cocoa and boiling water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir.
  3. Add in chocolate chips and stir until melted.
  4. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in 3½ cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil!
  6. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  7. Divide between 4 mugs.
  8. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.

The Place to Be: Piadina Bar, Amsterdam

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If you're ever wandering the streets of Amsterdam looking for a nice place to have a drink or lunch, the Piadina Bar is the place to be. It's a hidden gem on Stadhouderskade. We found it after we tried to go to the Heineken factory. I say we tried to go because the wait was insufferable with an entry fee of roughly $70 for the both of us. My friend and I were only in Amsterdam for one day so that didn't make any sense to us. Hell bent on finding a bar so that we could taste "real Heineken" we stumbled upon the Piadina Bar down the street.

The Piadina Bar is an Italian style cafe with a cozy family feeling. It's name comes from a flatbread, folded and filled with a variety of typical Italian products, such as Prosciutto, Mozzarella di Bufala or Parmigiano Reggiano. Even though it's a pretty busy cafe, it could be a great place for getting some work done. In the back of the cafe is a lovely couch area to get comfortable on. And our waitress was so nice and helpful. She even recommended solutions for me when I didn't like my drink and it worked!

What did I order?

My friend ordered a Heineken but we found out afterwards that he got the lager which was like a pale ale instead of the full draft. It tasted watery and sadly we never did get the draft Heiken. As for me, all around Amsterdam, I saw posters advertising the Aperol Spritz so I couldn't wait to order it. The drink looked amazing and I wanted to take the glass home with me. But the taste...not so much. I hated it! It was SUPER strong and bitter!

Lucky for me, my waitress understood and offered me the best tasting 7 Up I ever had. So I drank some of the Aperol Spritz to make room for the 7 Up, then added it and stirred. It made a HUGE difference! I think if I were to ever get the drink again, I would request 7 Up or Sprtie to be added to the drink while it's being made.

We didn't eat there but the food looked amazing! It was less than $20 for our drinks and we had a great time. Stop by if you're ever in that area!

Get Your Swerve on with these Halloween Drink Ideas

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Often times at parties, the fruit punch or signature drink gets the spotlight and then it soon fades to soda and water (wine if offered at the more upscale shindigs).  But why should the cool drinks have all the fun?  Here’s a mix of warm and cold drinks to liven your Halloween party:

Apple Cider – At 3 to 4 hours cooking time, the warm Caramel Apple Cider is the longest on our list but certainly provides a depth of flavor and aroma. The flavor and scent of the cinnamon sticks, apples, oranges and other spices are truly highlighted in this drink.  Totally worth the wait and prep time.

Bailey’s Peppermint Cream Cocktail – Crushed candy cane and minty liquer add to this hot chocolate drink

Bloody Good Milkshake Shots - Melted dark chocolate outlines the rim and glad of this cool drink

Get dirty with our Dirty Ghost Martini! A basic Bailey's and vodka gets a spooky update.

Over the years, Harry Potter has become a Halloween staple. So why not drink a cocktail inspired by this great literary revolution? The Amortentia will leave your guests tongue twisted not only from trying to pronounce it but also from the love spell it'll cast on you after drinking it.

Are you brave enough to take a sip of this brightly coloured brew? Whipped cream vodka and orange pineapple juice combine with Cruzan aged dark rum to create this powerful potion. So what’s it going to be? Trick or Treat?

Vampire Kiss MartiniFor the grown-ups who aren't on chaperone duty, try this Halloween-style twist on a classic Champagne cocktail. A mix of raspberry, vodka and champagne

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Bloody Punch – Dr. Pepper fans will love this Punch as it mixes the cherry flavor of the brand with other fruity flavors such as strawberry and raspberry.  Let’s not forget the punch of carbon added by the gingerale.

Which ones are you going to try? We can't wait to see what you spook up! Always drink carefully.

XOX,

Mechelle

Amortentia: Harry Potter Themed Cocktail

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One of the most magical things about the JK Rowling series is how very believable the food and drinks sound. No doubt about it, the Wizarding World  is a foodie paradise. And while countless muggles have tried to recreate the drinks, we’ve got a secret recipe that will rival even those of the Harry Potter Restaurant  — and you won’t need an Ollivanders magic wand to pull them off. So, round up your gang of wizards and muggles, and prepare for some serious mixologist sorcery. 

“Amortentia doesn’t create actual love, of course. That’s impossible. But it does cause a powerful infatuation or obsession. For that reason, it is probably the most dangerous potion in this room.”  —Horace Slughorn

“Amortentia doesn’t create actual love, of course. That’s impossible. But it does cause a powerful infatuation or obsession. For that reason, it is probably the most dangerous potion in this room.” —Horace Slughorn

Amortentia Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 part sparkling water
  • 1 part apple cider 4.5% alcohol
  • 1 part gin
  • 2 tbsp. aged dark rum
  • 1 packet Berry Cherry Kool-Aid (only use the whole packet if making a punch bowl. For individual servings use only half of the packet)
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Blackberries to garnish
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup of ice to cocktail shaker.

  2. Pour in all ingredients, shake to combine.

  3. Pour cocktail into martini glass and serve.

This powerful love potion is best made as a big, party-size punch, so that everyone can enjoy its embarrassing effects together.

DIRTY GHOST MARTINI

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Well things are starting to get pretty scary around here. With the Halloween weekend only one week away, and there still being so much left to do to prepare, we're pretty much freaking out over here! I woke up in Miami today with the VIVA conference on my mind. Even though I plan on spending the next two nights in prayerful worship, I still plan on going candy shopping so that I can crush the competition at this year's Trunk or Treat at church. Seriously, I am dreaming of the looks of defeat on their faces as we speak!

While it sucks to be away from you all, I didn't leave you without some good comfort food. Um, did I say comfort food, I meant drink. Because that's how we solve problems around here: with a tall Martini!

Disclaimer: no ghosts were harmed in the making of this cocktail. 

While I love a fancy cocktail, when it comes to making my own, I like to keep things simple and cheap. You can make this with 3 ingredients in 5 minutes or less so you can always whip up more for your guests if you run out!

DIRTY GHOST MARTINI

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 Ounces Whipped vodka
  • 1 Ounce Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur or 1/2 ounce Gin
  • 1 Ounce Baileys
  • 2 Tbsp. cream (I used lactose free milk)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add 1 cup of ice to cocktail shaker.
  2. Pour in all ingredients, shake to combine.
  3. Pour cocktail into martini glass and serve.

Round out your Halloween party with these other fun cocktails…..

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate

If you love hot cocoa but want to change things up and make a frozen version, then you’ll love this recipe. Only 3 ingredients are required and then it’s optional to top it off with whipped cream and chocolate curls. Either way, you’ll love this chocolate-y beverage and it’s sure to become a new favourite. 

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