by Andrea Mulder-Slater After she had spent several hours at the horse barn on a frosty December evening, I offered to make my daughter a hot chocolate to warm her up. Because she has food allergies, making a drink like this for my kiddo is a bit more complicated than simply pouring boiling water over a packet of Carnation instant mix. Instead, there’s a process which involves harvesting raw cocoa, sifting purified icing sugar and slow cooking organic milk all while burning sage and standing on one foot. Ok, well that’s not actually true. But, I do keep my daughter safe by mixing the right amounts of allergen-free sugar with allergen-free cocoa and allergen-free milk and bringing all of it to a boil in a pot on the stove. My point here is, once I’ve made a cup of hot chocolate, I need a nap. And a bag of chips.