The Joy of Cooking Milhouse

The Simpsons Movie

I’m going to change things up a bit and celebrate a Simpsons anniversary: The Simpsons Movie came out 10 years ago this month! How nuts is that? Real nuts, that’s how nuts. Mmm … nuts.

One little part of the movie is Bart gets real sad about his crappy relationship with Homer, and pines for a good relationship with his Dad, like Ned Flanders has with his sons. Ned shows Bart kindness by providing him pants when he’s naked at Krusty Burger and tries to cheer him up by making him a super fancy hot cocoa. Hot cocoa, guys! After a heart-to-heart at Rod and Todd’s window, Ned makes Bart the fanciest hot cocoa ever. After setting a mug on the sill, he adds layer upon layer of tasty garnishes on top, even using a blowtorch to toast the marshmallow. Bart can’t resist, and climbs down his tree limb to retrieve the treat.

Read the rest of the article here and get the recipe for Ned’s hot cocoa below along with an iced variation.

Ned’s Hot Cocoa 
Serves 1 Sad Bart

1 single-serving pack of high-quality hot cocoa mix
8 ounces whole milk
1 can whipped cream (such as Reddi-Wip)
1 chocolate wafer
1 piece of chocolate bar, for grating
1 medium marshmallow (“original” size)

Other supplies:
1 coffee mug
1 hand-held grater
1 blowtorch

Warm the milk in the microwave or on the stove. Add the hot cocoa mix and whisk until smooth. Pour in the mug.

How Ned does it: Top with a swirl of whipped cream. Stick the wafer on top. Grate chocolate on top of that. Add a little whipped cream swirl on top of the wafer. Add the marshmallow on top of that. Use the blowtorch to toast the marshmallow, careful not to melt the whipped cream and everything else.

How I did it: Let the cocoa cool a bit so that it doesn’t immediately melt the whipped cream. Meanwhile, toast the marshmallow under the broiler or carefully on the stovetop (I stuck mine with a toothpick and had a mini marshmallow roast) and let cool a bit. Top the cocoa with a swirl of whipped cream. Grate chocolate on top. Add a little whipped cream on top of the wafer and balance it in the cocoa. Carefully stack the marshmallow on top of that (toothpick optional) and take a photo really fast before it falls over.

Ned’s Iced Cocoa 2017 Edition 
Serves 1 Sad, Hot Bart

  1. Prepare the cocoa and chill in the fridge until cold.
  2. Blend with 1 cup of ice until smooth and frothy.
  3. Pour into a tall glass and decorate the Ned way (as seen above).
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