Yankee Home Improvement - December 2017

to Enjoy This Holiday Season UNUSUAL HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPES

’Tis the season for hot beverages! Sure, Americans love

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Tired of the dreary, gray winter weather? Is sounds like you could use a dash of sweet pink! Real raspberry puree gives this drink a much- needed burst of fruity delight, especially when you swap out the usual milk chocolate with creamy white chocolate. Toss a few raspberries on top, and you’re sure to be enchanted by the colors and the flavor. Check out the recipe at sugarhero.com/raspberry-white-hot- chocolate/. Frozen Hot Chocolate If your winter wonderland view is less than snowy, you might be craving a cooler hot chocolate beverage. It’s your standard hot chocolate recipe, but it replaces the pot and stove with some ice and a blender! Yes, you can still top it with whipped cream and sprinkles. Find the full recipe at centercutcook.com/frozen-hot-chocolate/. Whether you’re a casual cocoa drinker or a true chocolate connoisseur, there’s an incredible recipe waiting for you. The best part? You can keep trying different hot chocolates until you find your new favorite.

coffee all year long, but as the holidays roll around, hot chocolate sales boom. There’s something satisfying about sweet, rich chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows. It’s a classic combination, but who says the classics can’t be updated? Broaden your hot chocolate horizons this holiday season with some truly unique recipes! Aztec Hot Chocolate This spicy drink pays homage to those original chocoholics, the Aztecs. Cacao beans are native to Mesoamerica, and the ancient Aztec loved to grind the beans and serve them in a bitter, frothy liquid. In this recipe, dark chocolate, chili pepper, and cinnamon blend into a rich treat, but you’ll also have access to a couple ingredients the Aztecs didn’t have: sugar and milk. Learn how to make the perfect winter drink at theendlessmeal.com/spicy-aztec-hot- chocolate.

THE NEWEST FURRY MEMBER of the Yankee Family

This month at Yankee Home Improvement, we’re thrilled to announce our latest hire: Betsy Ross, the Great Pyrenees! As the newest member of Ger’s family, she’ll be joining us as the official pooch of the business. She’s a gigantic, fluffy ball of friendliness, so we’re sure her personality will fit right in, though her enormous frame might take up a little more room. Ger and his wife picked up Betsy Ross from an animal rescue in Philadelphia. Her unique name is inspired by the historical designer Betsy Ross, who’s credited with making the first American flag. Our new furry friend is already right at home in the office, relaxing by Ger’s feet while he takes calls and manages the business. All of us at Yankee believe that if you’re going to get a dog this holiday season, it should be from a shelter. Not only are you saving the pooch from being one of the 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats euthanized annually in the United States (according to the Humane Society), you’re more likely to get a happy, healthy pet who is already house trained and socialized. In addition, you’ll help fight the

prevalence of puppy mills, which are factory-style breeding facilities that put profit far above the welfare of their pups.

If you don’t believe us, just take one look at Betsy — you can’t deny those big, watery eyes! If you get a chance, stop in and say hello to our wonderful new companion. She’ll certainly be eager to meet you.

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