[The North Pole Times]
[1995]
[Santa's OFFICIAL News Source]
Monday August 15, 2022    
[Mikee Elf]
Crafts for Kids!

These Christmas Elf puppets are so cute and even more fun to make. A perfect Christmas craft activity to keep you and your own little elves entertained during the Holidays.


Share the love this Christmas with this easy-to-make Christmas Heart Ornament Craft that requires only a few items you’re likely to already have on hand. Use them as a tree ornament or as a loving extra touch to your gift wrapping.


These adorable North Pole Times Elves are the perfect DIY ornament for kids to make and hang on the Christmas tree!


These DIY Christmas Pop Up Cards are fun and simple to make. Choose from a variety of elves and characters direct from the North Pole to make a unique gift that is loads of fun to share with friends and family.


This fun little Clothespin Snowman craft is super easy to make and just as versatile. Glue them to presents to make a cute gift tag holder. Clip them to your tree for a fun kid-made ornament. Or hide them around the house and have your very own Christmas Snowman Hunt just like you would for an Easter egg hunt.


This colorful paper Elf Hat is super easy to make with our printable elf hat pattern. A fun way to keep kids occupied during the season.


An Elf Secret to Warmth in a Cup

Cooking with Santa's Elves

[An Elf Secret to Warmth in a Cup ]

Welcome back to school everyone! I’m Professor Ellie Elf, a teacher at Santa’s School of Wonders. Today we are having a fun and messy learning day. Why? Because our elves are studying our favorite, scrump-diddly-umptious drink...hot cocoa.

Drinking hot cocoa keeps us elves warm and comfy and helps us get through the long winter when the North Pole has no sunlight for six months. That’s a long time without sunshine!

Have you ever felt better after having a piece of chocolate or cup of cocoa? Then you know just how cocoa makes us feel. You might get your cocoa from a box or tin from the store, but way before that, it came from a tree – the cacao tree.

The cacao (pronounced ka-kow) is a small tree with fruit like little footballs that stick right out from the trunk. It looks very strange if you’ve never seen it before! The cacao fruit has bitter brown seeds – cacao beans -- that are used to make cocoa and chocolate. The cacao plant only grows where it can get lots of sunshine all the time, in places like Central and South America (where it’s from), Jamaica, and Africa. I think it’s all that sunshine that somehow makes those cocoa beans so special.

[by Professor Ellie Elf]

When I drink my hot cocoa, I imagine I’m drinking sunshine in a cup! I guess that's why it always makes me smile. So, how do we make cocoa at the North Pole? We use our own, homemade chocolate syrup. It’s fast and easy and you can even spoon it on ice cream or use it to make chocolate milk. Have an adult help you make our recipe below.

 

North Pole Chocolate Syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup of white sugar
  • 1/3 cup of natural cocoa
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all of the ingredients except vanilla in a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to simmer and thicken. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Serve warm or let cool and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.

For hot chocolate:

Stir in one or two teaspoons of syrup into hot milk. You can also add other flavors to your cocoa by adding a dash of cinnamon, crushed peppermint candy, chopped chocolate, or mint extract.

Don’t forget marshmallows or whipped cream!

Come visit our classroom next week to make some Christmas gifts – out of words!


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