It’s Friday, and it’s time for a little fun! If you’re planning to host any holiday get-togethers this season, either in your home or as part of your business activities, we’ve put together a warm, toasty treat for you.
Why not try making your own hot cocoa bar? This twist on a classic bar will have your guests feeling warm and cozy, which is just what you want, right?
Let’s get started.
Step 1: Make the cocoa! Do NOT reach for the powdered stuff in the little pouches for this one! Homemade hot cocoa is very simple, so take just that little bit of extra effort to make a big impression on your guests. Need help? Here’s a great recipe for hot cocoa you can make in your crock pot (great for parties where guests will be in and out throughout a long period of time), and here’s another that’s a stovetop classic.
Step 2: Prepare the marshmallows. These days, marshmallows come in a ton of flavors and shapes, so get a variety! Go to the store and pick up some traditional mini marshmallows along with any other flavored variety that strikes your fancy. If you want to go the extra mile, you can make your own marshmallows at home in any flavor combination you want! Try: vanilla, cinnamon, and peppermint.
Step 3: Add in the extras. You can include a variety of add-ins for your guests to spice up their cocoa. Our list is by no means exhaustive, but it should give you a good starting point:
- mini candy canes or crushed up candy cane pieces
- cinnamon sticks
- mini chocolate (butterscotch, white chocolate, peanut butter) baking chips
- cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice
- whipped cream
- chocolate shavings
- Fireball whiskey, Peppermint Schnapps, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream (not a good idea if you’re hosting a party at your place of business, unless you have a liquor license – keep this one to an adults-only at-home party)
Arrange everything on trays or at a buffet table so guests can ladle up the cocoa into a mug and then walk down the line to assemble their own individual concoctions.
So, what are you waiting for? Whip up some warm, chocolately goodness for your guests this winter!
Happy Friday, everyone!