A Recipe for Fun

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One of our granddaughters and I recently had a tea party. Pink is her favorite color, so we used pink cups and saucers and a pink tablecloth. I put dates, dried apricots, chocolate chunks, animal crackers, and two squares of chocolate into pretty dishes, milk in a pink cream pitcher, and maple syrup in the matching sugar bowl. We made peppermint tea in a teapot.

As we enjoyed our simple tea, our granddaughter flavored her peppermint tea in her usual way. She added milk, maple syrup, and chocolate chunks. She loves to let the chocolate chunks melt in the tea. When they are just right, she fishes them out with a teaspoon and relishes the melted chocolate.

Because I had emptied the last of the chunks from my chocolate chunk jar into the dish, she was able this time to add the fine chocolate bits (more like chocolate dust) that had settled at the bottom of the jar. She and I were both fascinated by the way the chocolate dust behaved in the tea. It floated on top and pulled away from the side of the cup, as you can see here. When we rotated our cup clockwise or counterclockwise, the dust floated on top and didn’t move with the cup. I’m sure you scientists among us can explain that phenomenon. I, on the other hand, had a sense of wonder!

Our granddaughter decided that we had perfected the recipe for chocolate mint tea. “You should put it on the Internet,” she said. “I’ll put it in my blog,” I replied. I wish you could have seen her glee! So here it is:

Recipe for Perfect Chocolate Mint Tea

4 6-inch sprigs of fresh peppermint (or 5 peppermint tea bags)
cream pitcher of milk
small container of maple syrup
small bowl of chocolate chunks or chocolate chips

Place fresh peppermint or peppermint tea bags into a teapot. Add boiling water. Steep 5 minutes. At the table, pour tea into a teacup. Add 1 Tablespoon of milk, 1 teaspoon of maple syrup, and 6-8 chocolate chunks. Enjoy!

I’ll warn you that the melted chocolate that lingers at the bottom of the teacup isn’t the daintiest sight, but the tea really is quite delicious, at least to this Little and her granddaughter. However, almost anything is delicious when shared one on one with a child.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
Psalm 34:8


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