One of my favorite parts of belonging to a critique group is watching how an idea forms at the beginning of a story with a full circle of that idea at the end of the story…in other words, watching the story arc unfold. I’m so excited to read, The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass (wendymass.com) I loved the first book, The Candymakers and enjoyed being part of the beginning critique sessions for the second book. The characters Logan, Miles, Daisy, and Philip are off on a new adventure. The unfolding of this adventure is exciting!
Speaking of a new adventure, I was also inspired by this book to whip up something chocolaty. Chocolate and orange are fun to mix together, so I decided to mix them in a hot chocolate drink. Below is a recipe for homemade hot chocolate with an orange twist.
As your child reads the story about the Candymaker kids, and the twists and turns they encounter, enjoy the recipe below. This book is also a great reading accompaniment to Halloween candy. Wendy Mass tells her readers on the dedication page to, “Read with candy!” I know I was. Have a happy Halloween!
Do you have a favorite part of your critique sessions?
Hot Orange-Chocolate Cocoa
- 2 1/2 cups milk (almond or soy milk can be used)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened chocolate mix. (Can use Carob powder for a caffeine-free substitute)
- 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar (or to taste)
- 1/4 tsp orange peel (grated)
- one candied (or glazed) orange peel
- whipped cream of choice (optional)
- Heat milk to a near boil in a saucepan. Be careful not to bring to a boil as it can alter milk taste.
- Add chocolate mix, sugar, and orange peel. Stir until all ingredients are dissolved.
- Pour into two 8 – 10 ounce mugs. A larger mug is better for stirring – and more whipped cream!
- Top with whipped cream.
- Place one candied orange peel on top of whipped cream.