4-H Ontario is in the process of creating an 4-H Ontario Alumni program to reconnect 4-H Ontario Alumni to 4-H. There are so many amazing memories and stories that have evolved over 4-H’s long history and we want to be able to rehash these moments and share them with current and future 4-H’rs. As part of our initiative to connect with Alumni, we’ve created postcards that dive in to each Alumnus’ favourite 4-H memory, favourite recipe, and many other 4-H topics. For this blog post, I’d like to share an Alumnus’ response to the postcard that asked “Which 4-H recipe do you still use?” This recipe has been enjoyed by many across multiple generations so I’m excited share this 4-H favourite. _______________________________________________________________________________ Which 4-H Recipe Do You Still Use? By Joan, Temiskaming 4-H Alumnus
“I took part in my first homemaking Club unit ‘The Club Girl Entertains’ when I was 12 in 1946. During that unit we were given a recipe book with many recipes in it that we tried making during the unit. Several have been favourites over the years. They were easy to make, tasty, and required items found in my family’s cupboard. Cocoa Paste Mix 1/2 cup cocoa poweder and 3/4 cup white sugar. Add 1/2 cup water. Stir thoroughly and cook in a double broiler for a least 30 minutes until the mixture is smooth and well blended. For hot chocolate, add milk until desired flavour is reached. Serve. For chocolate milk, once milk is added, allow mixture to cool and store in fridge. I can’t begin to count the number of gallons of this our family made and served to friends in Junior Farmers, 4-H, Young Peoples and to friends gathering together to celebrate special occasions. Everyone always enjoyed it and still do.” _______________________________________________________________________________ 4-H Ontario’s Alumni program is funded through a Promotional Partnership with Hyland Seeds, including the position of 4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Alumni Services. Hyland Seeds is passionate about agriculture and believes in supporting the people who are deeply rooted in the agricultural industry; dedication to 4-H is proof of this commitment. Thank you Hyland Seeds!