Canadian winters are notoriously cold. The coldest ever recorded was -63C (-81F). That's the average temperature on Mars. Even regular winter temperatures get down to the negative twenties and thirties. So bundle up, and take a hot drink or two outside with you.
This Slow Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe takes just a handful of ingredients to create a sweet, warming drink. A little Pure Mint & Peppermint Extract gives it that festive winter cheer. Don't forget the marshmallows and whipped cream!
Another great option is Spiced Caramel Apple Cider. Unlike the hot chocolate, it doesn't require any simmering time in the slow cooker and it's ready to enjoy (and warm your hands) in ten minutes.
Warm Winterlude Mains
With your winter drink in one hand, what will you carry in the other? No outside event is complete without a hot dog. This French's Bacon Cheddar Dog isn't just any old dog - it adds cheese and two strips of bacon to create a new take on an old favourite. Include some French's Fried Onion Crunchy Toppers for a dog with unforgettable taste and texture. A little dab of French's Classic Yellow Mustard on top will make it sing.
If you want something that will stay warmer for longer, consider a sustaining soup that will hold heat in a thermos. Garnished with fried potato "croutons" and shredded cheddar, this Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup is just the thing to fend off the chill.
Winterlude food doesn't end at savoury street dishes. Round off your festive feast with some sweet treats for dessert.
Celebrate Winterlude French Canadian-style with a Pouding Chômeur (poor man's pudding). Pour maple syrup on this cake before baking and it will infuse the batter, creating a moist, sweet treat.
The best thing about these Ginger Peach Mini Pies, other than the wonderfully spiced ginger flavour, is their portability. They're hand-held fruit pie treats that can travel with you as you take in all that Winterlude has to offer.
These Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks look like they took far more than 15 minutes to put together, but they're so simple to make that even the kids can help. With a little food colouring, sugar, candy, and chocolate you can get as creative - or simple - as you want to be.
More Recipe Tips To Keep Warm During Winter
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