My 6 year old nephew and his family had a hot chocolate and cookies stand this afternoon – after school to catch the rush (they live right across the street) – to raise money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. They called it Cole’s Cocoa for Cancer. (Does anyone even call it cocoa anymore? I suppose Cole’s Hot Chocolate for Cancer wouldn’t have the same ring.) We went and hung out on the lawn, nibbling cookies and sipping cocoa. Wait – does anyone (besides my dad) actually use cocoa to make hot cocoa? Or have we become too reliant on the packaged mix? While we’re on the subject, let me (ahem) pull out my soapbox for a minute to relay the ingredient list you’ll find in the instant powdered stuff – we’ll use Carnation Rich & Creamy Hot Chocolate as an example. Ingredients: SUGAR, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL (MAY CONTAIN COCONUT, PALM KERNEL AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL), MODIFIED MILK INGREDIENTS, COCOA, CELLULOSE GUM, SALT, DIPOTASSIUMContinue reading