The Sneaky Chef's Cheery Hot Cocoa

The Sneaky Chef's Cheery Hot Cocoa

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5 min.
19 min.
4 Servings

The Sneaky Chef's Cheery Hot Cocoa recipe was developed by Missy Lapine. She is the author of a groundbreaking new book, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals (Running Press, March 2007). Learn more at!

Try The Sneaky Chef's Cheery Hot Cocoa, made with Carnation Breakfast Essentials today!


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen pitted cherries (no syrup or sugar added)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups lowfat milk
  • 3 packets Dark Chocolate Flavor CARNATION BREAKFAST ESSENTIALS® Complete Nutritional Drink
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Bring cherries and water to boil in a medium pot. Turn heat to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Occasionally mash the cherries with the back of a spoon (or a potato masher) to help release their juices. Pour into a fine mesh strainer over a container or bowl, pressing the cherry “pulp” with the back of a spoon until all the liquid is released (you can save this cherry pulp to add to homemade cookies, muffins, or smoothies).

While cherries are simmering, place milk in 1-quart microwave-safe container. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 4 minutes or until very hot (almost boiling). Stir in Carnation Breakfast Essentials Drink and strained cherry juice.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 220
  • Calories from Fat: 40
  • Total Fat: 4.5g (7% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g (14% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 20mg (6% of DV)
  • Sodium: 140mg (6% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 35g (12% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g (7% of DV)
  • Sugars: 27g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Vitamin A: 35% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 120% of DV
  • Calcium: 40% of DV
  • Iron: 20% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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