Cinnamon Sugar Mocha

I’ve long been a consumer of the countless varieties and sugary offerings on the cereal aisle. My age reflects adulthood, but my heart is still child as I indulge in chocolatey crunch, or maybe sweets puffs polka dotted with marshmallows. I munch these indulgences while tracing my finger on the back of the box to complete the maze for the stranded cereal mascot. Bonus points are awarded to any breakfast offering me a prize; a spoon that changes color with cold milk, or maybe a little action hero figurine.

Inspired by the brilliance and innovation of my partner, who one morning out of sheer creativity and unbridled joy, combined cocoa pebbles and cinnamon toast crunch; a cinnamon sugar mocha studded with a twinkling rim.

1 tbsp cinnamon (reduce quantity if you want it a little more mild)

2 tbsp special dark cocoa powder

2 tbsp + 2 tsp sugar

2 tbsp + 2 tsp brown sugar

About 1/2 tsp salt

About 1 tsp vanilla extract

6 tbsp hot water

Combine ingredients and whisk until well incorporated and sugar is somewhat dissolved. Store in the refrigerator, and add desired amount to your hot or iced lattes. If you’re feeling fancy, paint the edge of your mug with some sauce, dip into a combination of sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon, add a dollop of homemade whipped cream, and dust with cocoa and cinnamon.

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