Check out my article in AARP-The magazine on berries. New research shows that eating certain berries can help you stay sharp and protect the brain against decline. I hope you will enjoy the short piece and then try the parfait recipe in the story or this one below.. one of my favorites. My kiddos love it as well.

Lana Turner Hot Chocolate

From Artfully Chocolate Kingsbury Confections Cocoa Bar (

Rob and Eric, the owners of ACKC, say: “We use cardamom in several products.  The Lana Turner is one of the many flavor combination ‘Divas.’  You can get the Lana Turner as a hot chocolate, as an ice cream dessert or as a milkshake.”

Makes 1 serving

1 cup milk

1/3 cup finely chopped white chocolate

2 tablespoons blueberry puree

½ teaspoon ground cardamom seeds

Garnish: whipped cream, 3 blueberries

Heat the milk almost to boiling. Remove from the heat and whisk in the white chocolate, blueberry puree and cardamom. (Make sure it is all well blended and that the white chocolate is melted.)

Pour into a warmed cup or mug. Top with whipped cream and blueberries and serve immediately.

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  1. Oh wow monica!!! The recipe is so simple and looks so tempting. Just wonderful 🙂

  2. Delicious! I’ll probably make this for dessert next weekend 🙂

  3. Cardamom is by far one of my favorite spices- it adds so much to dishes, and it goes especially well with blueberries. Great article, Monica! 🙂

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