As all my childhood friends know, Cindy’s house was the place to be. And besides being the nicest people on the planet, there were two other reasons: the best junk food and the most makeup. With four girls in the house, the plethora of makeup is no surprise, though Cindy (the youngest and wildest) somehow acquired the bulk of the supplies. But the food choices were astounding. Everything my mother wouldn’t buy, the Linns had in vast supply. Soda, cheese puffs, every kind of Dorito and masses of cookies. As we would open the pantry doors, it was almost as if there was a chorus of salty and sweet voices beckoning to us. At Cindy’s birthday party one year, we made our own individual pizzas. And this was pre-Boboli. Mrs. Linn was a party master. There was also a pond in the backyard for winter frolicking and skating. Like I said, it was the place to be. So when Cindy sent me her mother’s special hot cocoa recipe, the foodies and I whipped up a batch in hopes of making some new memories. It worked; my kids love the cocoa and are so pleased that they have a (not so) secret recipe from my childhood, which, in their words, was “a long time ago.” Whatever.
So here’s to Mrs. Linn! Thank you for opening your home to bunches of giggling girls. And if we didn’t say it enough then, thank you for all the memories of a house full of laughter and love.
from Mrs. Linn
Note: This makes a LOT of cocoa, which is great for a large family. Halve the recipe if you don’t need as much.
- 1 8-quart box dry milk
- 1 6-ounce jar powdered non-dairy creamer
- 1 pound sifted powered sugar (4 3/4 cups)
- 1 16-ounce jar pre-sweetened cocoa powder (such as Swiss Miss)
- Mix all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container.
- To prepare, mix 1/4 cup mix with 3/4 boiling water and stir.
We created some cocoa faces while waiting for the water to boil. What can I say—we were bored.