I’ve been quietly complaining about the cold for, what, three weeks now? That sounds about right. Well, I don’t know if it was infectious or just inevitable but now I hear my friends complaining about it, too. Here in Vermont, it’s going to hit the low 30’s tonight. And it’s only September! I don’t mind being slightly miserable and depressed about the end of summer but I don’t like when my friends are. So, of course, I want to fix it. I’m a fixer. It’s what I do. It’s who I am. Yes, I’m a fixer.
Now, you’re asking - how do I fix their displeasure with the weather? Sure, I can’t make it be warmer and I certainly can’t take them all to the beach, though I’d certainly love to. But I can buy them a treat. Rule number one – it must be chocolate. Rule number two – it can’t destroy their daily calorie count in one fell swoop. With that being said, I’ve got it.
I’m going to give them each one of our new winter tins of Hot Chocolate
. It’s our traditional hot chocolate and it’s in this adorable little tin with snowy winter scenes on it. There’s even an adorable little snowman on it. And since it’s only $8, they won’t get mad at me for spending money on them. I figure, you can never go wrong with hot chocolate. One serving has approximately 70 calories and less than a gram of fat so if you make it with skim or low fat milk, you’re pretty safe. I think even if you splurge and use whole milk, how bad can it be? It’s calories and fat from milk. You can also make it with soy or rice milk. (I’m not going to but you can.)
So, that’s my plan. A pre-winter treat to warm my friends – a gift tin of hot chocolate. And when the hot chocolate is gone, they can use the tin for something else.