Friday, November 23, 2012

{New Christmas Tradition} Hot Cocoa Bar

hot cocoa, Christmas traditions

Creating new tradition during the holidays is a favorite of mine.  In a discussion that  took place during Mama Scout's 10 Day Holiday E-Lab, another mother had mentioned that each year her family sets up a Hot Cocoa Bar the day after Thanksgiving and keeps it out for the duration of the season.  How fun! I just had to try it out this year.  For the past week, I've been collecting different ideas and treats to add to our very first Hot Cocoa Bar and now it's finally up and ready! Yum!

I decided to set our little bar up on the kitchen counter, so it would be within our reach whenever the mood strikes for hot cocoa.  A few of the items are stored in the refrigerator, but most can set out at all times.  I found a cute little cookie jar to keep our hot cocoa packets in, added a few mugs to the bar, and filled a tray up with candies, syrups, spices, and marshmallows, and we were set!

hot cocoa toppings

The first must-have item for a hot cocoa bar is marshmallows!  I added regular and peppermint to ours.  Whipped cream and candy canes are also a perfect addition.

hot cocoa, spices

Spices and syrups were next.  Our cocoa bar consists of 
Caramel SyrupSea Salt, Cinnamon, Colored Sprinkles, and Dark Chocolate Syrup.

Finally, it was time to add an extra special touch!  I've been wanting to try the Chocolate Spoons that Ness at One Perfect Day created a while back.  They are so simple to make and you can use any type of candy or chocolate that you wish.  Grady had such fun helping us make these!

chocolate dipped spoons

chocolate dipped spoons, candied spoons

Here's a list of the chocolates and candies that we added to our spoons:

~ milk chocolate
~ white chocolate
~ melted peanut butter chips
~ mini M&M's
~ colored sprinkles
~ toffee chips
~ peppermint chips
~ extra peanut butter chips

peppermint spoons

Of course, once it was said and done, we each had to help ourselves to a steaming cup of cocoa after dinner this evening!

Do you enjoy hot cocoa? What would you add to your Hot Cocoa Bar for the holidays?

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  1. That is insane! So yummy - I will be right over!

  2. It's moments like this I wish it was cooler at Christmas time, somehow a cocoa bar in July doesn't have the same appeal as one in December!

  3. Wonderful Idea ,,,think I will be making one to share with my family and friends...
    Thank you.....

  4. Oh, common ground between the vegetarians and the not-so-vegetarian friendly family members, and a conversation starter! Wonderful idea. Thank you so much.

  5. Wow! It would be hard to choose which spoon to take.

  6. I LOVE this! I would be so happy to walk in to someone's house and find this there :)

    I need to try this at home - would be such a hit

    Thanks so much for sharing with us. I have featured you on this week's Sunday Showcase :)

  7. I LOVE this! What a wonderful idea - I'm going to do this next Winter. Those glass jars in the shape of Christmas trees are so lovely. Thank you for mentioning our chocolate spoons - I'm so happy you were inspired to try them. They're so easy aren't they? Your white choc ones with peppermint chips sound perfect for hot chocolate. Yep, definitely on my to-do list next Winter.

  8. SERIOUSLY! Are those spoons making me lick my lips? Yummy. Such an amazing tradition for anyone to begin! Thanks for linking up at PreK+K Sharing. I'm sure that you will inspire many others to follow in your footsteps.

    Debbie Clement

  9. I love, love, love this idea! I wish I had seen this post before I did my shopping this morning for our party tomorrow! I am co-hosting the Ultimate Elf on the Shelf Link Party and I'd love for you to come link this up! I'd love you to come link up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  10. What a great idea. I think my family would love doing this at Christmas. Going to get some plastic spoons. We already have all the other yummy stuff. Just pinned this!

  11. Oh this is WAY cool! What a way fun, creative idea! This would be an awesome tradition!

    I wanted to let you know I featured this at TGIF this week here:

    Thanks for linking up & have a GREAT weekend!
    Beth =-)


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