Frozen Hot Cocoa Bars

Frozen Hot Chocolate Bars

These are so yummy! We played around with the crust from a favorite dessert, and added a new frosting we were introduced to….then we froze the whole lot. Frozen hot cocoa is so, so good and I just knew if I tried hard enough, I could come up with something that was a lot like it only in a bar form for easy serving and eating as a dessert. And, I did. This is what came of all of my experimenting.

I really like these because they are simple to make and pop into the freezer, so I have a quick and easy dessert in case unexpected company drops by. Or, we can feed a sweet tooth without having to make a special dessert.

I know that this uses a boxed pudding mix. I don’t claim to be perfect! While I still think it’s always better to make as much as you can from scratch, this is just one of those occasional treats that I don’t mind using a box for. I’m just one human feeding a whole tribe of hungry people! This is super good, though, and I suppose if you wanted to you could change the flavor of the pudding to make them any kind you want.

But they are chocolate, so why would you? ;)

Frozen Hot Cocoa Bars

Prep Time: 2 Hours 25 Mins Total Time: 2 Hours 25 Mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, or other chopped nuts of your choice
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (3.9 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup cold milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the flour, brown sugar, nuts, and melted butter and spread into a 9×13 inch pan.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice during baking (we’re creating crumbles, not a solid crust).
  4. Once cooled, evenly press 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish; set aside. 
  5. Beat the pudding mix and the milk together for 2 minutes. 
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream to stiff peaks, being sure not to over-beat and make butter. 
  7. Fold the whipping cream into the pudding, and gently combine. 
  8. Spread the pudding over the crust in the 9×13 inch pan. 
  9. Sprinkle the reserved topping mixture over the top evenly.
  10. Place the entire dessert into the freezer, covered, and let freeze for at least 2 or 3 hours. 

Emergency Preparedness Planning 101

Emergency Planning Is Important, Are You Making Plans?

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You Can Start Small, But Starting Is The Important Part

Since September is National Preparedness Month, we’re going to discuss small ways that you can be more prepared in case of emergency. Don’t get sucked into the mindset that something bad can’t happen to you……an emergency can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone.
There are some basic needs that need to be met when you begin planning for an emergency.

How can I start planning for an emergency?

That’s simple! Ask yourself the following questions:

-Where are we going to go?
-How will we feed ourselves?
-What if the power is out?
-How will we handle a medical emergency?
-How will we contact family?

It all comes back to those 3 things: Food, Water, Shelter, and an added one: first aid.

You’ll need to make a plan for food, water, and shelter in the case that you’ll be staying at home. You should have at least 2 weeks of food and water stored for each person. I’d encourage you to shoot for having more like 30 days worth, or more, just in case. You never know what’s going to happen and if the food supply is somehow compromised, you’ll need that extra insurance. It’s kind of like a savings account. It’s there if you need it, but if you don’t…well, it can just sit there and wait until you do.

As far as water is concerned, the recommended amount is one gallon, per day, per person. Remember that this will have to be for not only your drinking, but your cooking and cleaning up, too. So if you can and have the room, plan to store more than you think you’ll need. If you want to see just how far a gallon of water will go, try using only the water out of a gallon jug for a whole day. You have to be really, really careful to be sure that you don’t waste any! And it doesn’t go very far.

Now that you have the food and water sorted out, how are you going to cook it? Do you have a propane stove, bbq, or other outdoor cooking source? Do you have a sun oven, a tea light stove, or a backpacking stove? Do you have the fuel for them stored, too?

Next you need to be sure that you have a pretty good first aid kit on hand. If you’re in the middle of an emergency, you might find yourself needing to handle more than what just a band aid will cover. Be sure that you have basic first aid supplies like band aids, alcohol or alcohol wipes, peroxide, bandages, OTC medicines for mild pain management. You may also consider putting a few more items in there like splints, suturing materials, scissors, knives, tweezers, etc. You can find pre-made medical kits that are as simple as for hiking and as elaborate as for a field medic in the military, so look into building or purchasing what you think you will need. This is another area that I’ll caution you to have more than you think you’ll need. You just never know.

One more thing! Get communicating.

Building a family communications plan should be next. Ready.gov has a really great planning guide on their website to get you started that you can download. Basically, you need to decide how you are going to get a hold of the people in your immediate family, where you are going to meet in case you need to leave, and how you’re going to let people outside of the ones that live in your home know what’s going on and that you are ok. You can’t take care of your family if you can’t find them or they can’t find you, so a plan is essential.

Now, the other side of this coin is the circumstance where you have to leave your house and can’t rely on the things that you’ve stored inside the house. This is where a 72 hour kit comes in handy. Basically, you need to plan on it taking you 72 hours to get to somewhere safe, either in your car or on foot, or that it will take 72 hours to be allowed back to your house.

You should have a 72 hour kit for each person in your family. The easiest way to build it is to use a backpack for everyone that has all of their needs in it. These are a little different in that you probably won’t carry a way to cook in one, and the foods will all be ready to eat. You still need to cover food, water, and shelter.

There are a lot of 72 hour kits out there, but I’ve found one that I really like. You can read that review here: Executive 2 Person 72 Hour Kit.

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