I’m always looking for ways to make holidays feel extra special, and this hot cocoa bar really does the trick! My kid’s faces lit up when I made a dedicated area in our kitchen for hot cocoa, to enjoy all season long.
What you’ll need:
Festive mugs, the more colorful and cheery the better!
Homemade hot cocoa mix (see below) – consider putting this in a pretty canister!
Marshmallows (we have a variety of mini, full size and cute snowflake and snowman marshmallows as well!)
Candy Canes (I love this special touch!)
Keep whipped cream on hand in the fridge.
I love having peppermint essential oil nearby, for peppermint hot cocoa. A little goes a long way, so I am careful to never add more than just a drop.
You can add Christmas decor to this little corner of your kitchen, to really make it feel inviting and celebratory.
We will be enjoying countless mugs of hot cocoa at home this holiday season!
Hot chocolate dry mix
3 cups dry nonfat or whole milk powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups cocoa powder, dutch-process or natural unsweetened (see note)
1 1/2 cups finely chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips (see note)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl. Working in two (or more) batches, depending on the size of your food processor, pulse the ingredients in a food processor until the chocolate is finely ground. Store the dry mix in an airtight container for up to 3 months. (If your food processor is large enough, ditch using an extra bowl and throw all the ingredients in the food processor at once.)
To make hot cocoa, put 1/3 cup of the cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of hot milk or almond milk (water works ok but the hot chocolate isn’t as creamy or flavorful). Top with whipped cream or marshmallows, as desired.