We are a Hot Chocolate type of family. When it's frosty and chilly and snowy and we've been outside nothing is yummier to warm up with.
When it's frosty and chilly and snowy and we've been inside *looking* outside!
I'll repeat. Nothing is yummier!
We decided to show our Love of the Treat and Celebrate the Month of Love all at once.
Why yes. That is a giant Heart floating in some Hot Chocolate. I'm sure you've seen shots of this on Pinterest and around. I'm not the inventor of the idea. And I'm not sure how everyone else does this...but I'll tell you how we did it!
I thawed a tub of Cool Whip. Then I flopped it on a sheet of wax paper and tried to spread it out evenly. I say "tried" because my children seem to think that as soon as the Cool Whip is out of the Tub it is perfectly acceptable to dip their fingers into it and chow down. (I wonder where they get their table manners from?) So...anyway...I was rushed.
Put your Sheet 'O Whip in the freezer. This is the hardest part. You have to wait for it to freeze.
And. It. Took. Forever.
So. We pulled it out when it was solid, but only just.
Use a cookie cutter in the shape you desire, and cookie cut away!
I think if we would have waited for it to become more firm it would have been not so messy pulling up the hearts. But it wasn't too bad! Maybe a few fingerprints...
Then heat up some Hot Chocolate and garnish it with your Cool Whip Heart.
Waste not Want not...Mom's mug got all the little non-heart bits left over from cutting!
This was really a fun way to serve up Hot Chocolate! My kids were in on it, but it would make a sweet surprise for Valentine's Day, a Birthday, when they come in from the cold, or just because!
The Cool Whip melted much faster than marshmallows do. Also, because it was frozen, the Hot Chocolate cooled nicely as the hearts melted.