Orange, yellow, and red leaves fall from the trees as droplets of rainwater collect on the windows. My parent’s forest green 2001 Pontiac is filled with sounds of a storybook cassette tape as we drive on the paved road. My sister sits next to me hugging her Barney stuffed animal. Getting to Grandma’s house always seemed to take forever. Then we hit it. We hit the creepy dirt path that lead us there. The path twists and turns, trees pass by like fast forwarding a VHS tape. Then we stop. We made it.
“Grandma’s!” I said, with a huge grin.
Skipping from one giant puddle of rainwater to the next, with my Barbie in one hand and my Sesame Street blanket in the other, we reach huge wooden steps that seem impossible to climb. A familiar face opens the giant rosey red door, her eyes blue as the caribbean sea with fair, pale skin. Kneeling down to my level, she opens her arms and wraps my sister and I with warmth and love. One at a time she reaches for our cheeks and presses her lips against our skin. Never just one kiss, but three every time. A breeze of creamy delicious chocolate filled my nostrils. Was she baking cookies? I really loved cookies. Skipping along the dark wooden oak floors, I followed the aroma of the delicious chocolate secret, as I pointed my fingers at the white antique stove.
I asked,“Grandma, what is that?” Her eyes filled with joy.
“Oh sweetheart, that is my secret recipe.”
Flickering beams of light bounced off the burnt orange kitchen walls. Off-toned voices chimed together as my family sang “Happy Birthday.” It was my sixth birthday. Grandma hands me a cup filled with her hidden secret. As the rim of the mustard yellow cup touched my lips, creamy delicious hot chocolate hit my taste buds. So rich, so creamy. Nothing I had ever tasted before. Nothing tastes quite like that hidden secret still to this day, 15 years later. Every year when the leaves begin to change, the secret hot chocolate comes out. Soon when I was old enough to make it on my own my mother passed it on to me.
Secret Hot Chocolate Recipe
1% or 2% milk
First Step: Mixing
Mix ½ cup of white sugar, ¼ cup of cocoa
and a dash of salt in saucepan; stir in 1/3 cup of
Second Step: Boiling
Cook and stir over medium heat until the
mixture boils; boil and stir for 2 minutes
Third Step: Adding Milk
Stir in the saucepan 4 cups of milk, then let heat.
DO NOT BOIL.
Fourth Step: The Cool Down
Remove the saucepan from medium heat; then add
in ¾ teaspoon of vanilla extract
Fifth Step: Enjoy!
Can serve up to 6 people. Other wise find your