Buttered Hot Cocoa

Am I genius or what?  Don’t answer that.  You might ruin my fine moment of patting myself on the back.  I was making hot cocoa for the boys and trying to think of something to add as a foil for the sweetness.  Sea salt?  A cinnamon stick?  I was perusing the pantry and fridge looking for inspiration when I saw the stick of butter.  My mind conjured up images of other delights that I love involving milk and butter–creamy grits, oatmeal, soups.  Oh yes.

The hot cocoa was pretty basic.  I used cocoa, sugar, dash of salt, whole milk and vanilla.  Then I put a pat of butter in each mug before pouring in the hot cocoa.  I have salted and unsalted butter, but chose salted thinking it’d be a lovely contrast to the sugary cocoa.  The pat of butter floated to the top and slowly began to melt.  Truly, it was delicious.  The boys declared it the “best cup of cocoa they’ve ever had.”  Next time I just might try that sprinkle of sea salt on top of the butter.

Prayer for Today:  Thank you, Lord, for the sweet and simple pleasures of life, especially those involving chocolate.

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