Hot Chocolate and a Movie: Recommended Ways to Spend a Winter Evening

Looking for a way to cozy up this winter?  Below we suggest some seasonally appropriate films to enjoy, as well as some hot chocolate selections to pair them with!

Films

White Christmas

The 1954 film stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as two entertainers who fall in love with the members of a sister act, and try to save the inn of their former Army general from financial ruin.

Holiday Inn

Though I don’t think this film remotely compares with White Christmas, it has songs by Irving Berlin and stars Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, so there’s still a lot to love.

Miracle on 34th Street

Both the 1947 and the 1994 versions are excellent in different ways.  The story follows a little girl who does not believe in Santa Claus until Macy’s hires a man who seems to be the real deal.  But can Santa give her a family for Christmas.

Meet Me in St. Louis

Released in 1944, this film tells the story of the Smith family as St. Louis prepares for the 1904 World’s Fair.  Though I find the plot a bit dull, Judy Garland shines and the music is superb, including such favorites as “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

The Shop Around the Corner

This 1940 film follows a sales clerk named Alfred Kralik (Jimmy Stewart) as he corresponds and falls in love with a mystery woman.  Little does he know that he’s been exchanging letters with the annoying new sales clerk Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan).  The film was remade in 1949 as a musical, In the Good Old Summertime, starring Judy Garland and Van Johnson.

Hot Chocolate

Swiss Miss

It’s not only one of the cheaper brands, but it also tastes pretty good.  Sometimes I add an extra spoonful of cocoa to make it even more chocolate-y!

Starbucks Double Chocolate

A somewhat pricier option, but the name does not lie.  Consumers looking for a rich cocoa will most likely be satisfied.

Starbucks Toasted Marshmallow

This hot chocolate solves the problem of the included marshmallows dissolving before your hot chocolate is cool enough to drink.  How?  The marshmallows are significantly larger than the usual packaged kind!

Homemade

The best kind?  I usually put in two teaspoons of cocoa, a splash of vanilla, and a sprinkling of cinnamon.  You can add sugar to taste, though honestly I don’t usually do that.  I just want the chocolate!  I’ve also found that if you don’t have/don’t drink milk, you can opt for a creamier option by choosing cashew milk.  Almond milk has not been a successful choice for me, while coconut milk was okay but not terrific.  How do you make your hot chocolate?

Krysta 64

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