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Warm Your Paws with Jake’s Hot Cocoa + Mulled Cider

Two puptastic, cold-weather treats for sharing all winter.

Jake's Mountain Hot Drinks

Follow these two simple recipes. Then cuddle up with your favorite pup.


Spiced Hot Chocolate


(Difficulty Level: Easy)

What You’ll Need

1.5 oz. chocolate bar (dark or bittersweet)

1.5 cups milk (skim milk is not recommended)

3 Tbsp granulated sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1 cinnamon stick

Pinch salt

3 cinnamon sticks, for serving

Miniature marshmallows, for serving


How to Make

Step One: To get started, break the chocolate bar into small pieces. (Parents should do this part because a sharp knife may be needed.) Let your child add the chocolate bar to a pan.

Step Two: Help your child measure out the milk and cup of sugar. Add to the pan.

Step Three: Use a plastic spoon to scrape the sticky seeds from the vanilla bean. Add to the pan, along with the cinnamon stick.

Step Four: Add a pinch of salt and place the pan on the stove. Heat the ingredients under low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk to avoid burning, until chocolate is melted. Be careful not to burn the milk. (Parents should do this part.)

Step Five: While you’re stirring, have your child add a cinnamon stick to each mug.

Step Six: Carefully pour the chocolate mixture into each mug. Your child can add three or four miniature marshmallows to each mug before serving.


Hot Mulled Cider 


(Difficulty Level: Easy)

What You’ll Need

2 cups apple cider

2 cinnamon sticks

1 clove

1 tart apple, cored and sliced


How to Make

Step One: Bring the cider, cinnamon sticks, and clove to a simmer over medium heat in a small sauce pot. Let the mixture simmer for about 3 minutes.

Step Two: Pour into mugs and add the sliced apples. Have your child carefully garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!