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Great Hot Drinks for Kids During Cold Months
When the winter chill hits, warm drinks make you feel so good. Kids coming home from school and playing outside love those warms drinks to unfreeze the fingers, toes, and noses. So, what can you give them? Here are a few ideas to get your creative cooking muse going.
Hot chocolate is loved by about every kid that plays out in the cold. But it doesn't have to be boring hot chocolate. You can do a lot to mix it up. Here are some things you can add to it.
- Whipped cream
- Cinnamon Stick
- Coffee Creamers
- Instant coffee
- Coffee syrups
- Ice cream syrup, like butterscotch or caramel
- Fruit jams
- Maple syrup
- Ice cream
Play around with it and see what kind of treats you can create in a hot cup of hot chocolate.
You can get apple cider in the fall and winter at almost any store. You can drink it cold, but it is so delicious when it is hot. Here are few suggestions you can do to make it great for warming up the kids. Heat up the cider and add these ingredients until melted or blended.
- Red hot candies
- Ginger ale
- Orange slices
- Lemon juice/slices
- Cranberry/orange juice
Have some fun with it. You can just add one of these or mix several of these together into your hot cider.
Believe it or not, kids like tea. They might not like it the way you do, but there are ways to make good hot tea that they will drink after building a few snowmen. Just add and/or mix these ingredients with the tea.
- Fruit juice
- Bits of fruit
- Flavored creamers
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I accidentally found this in researching for this article. This drink did not exist until J.K. Rowlings wrote Harry Potter. It is the famous drink they get when they are allowed to leave the school grounds and visit the nearby village. Now, the book describes this drink as warming. But most of the recipes you will find are actually cold. Nope, we want it warm.
There are many recipes for this. One is just ginger ale, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg heated up. It is sweet. Only two of us liked it in the house. The most popular way of making it with my kids was me playing around with a few recipes and coming up with this.
Caramel candies or butterscotch chips
Heat until candy is melted but don't scald. Vary the amount based on your own taste buds. Have fun experimenting. My children preferred the caramel over the butterscotch though I liked the butterscotch better.