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There’s nothing like a hot cup of cocoa to warm you up on a chilly winter day. Snuggling with loved ones, watching your favorite cheesy holiday movies, all that good stuff. After all, not everyone is a coffee drinker and if you are, you may not want to be up all night! Hot cocoa is the happy medium that is sweet, satisfying, and keeps you warmed up all winter long.
This cozy drink has come a long way from just simply hot water/milk and chocolate powder. There are so many different flavors and variations now. Mint, dark chocolate, non-dairy, pumpkin spice, white chocolate, the list goes on! Not to mention all the fun items you can add to really turn up the volume, like chocolate straws, candy cane spoons, marshmallows, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup drizzle.
If you want to do hot cocoa right, National Hot Cocoa Day is December 13th this year. Take advantage by turning it into the celebration to remember – maybe even a new, long-lasting wintertime tradition! After the year we’ve all had, I think we deserve to enjoy any occasion, no matter how big or small, to the fullest. How can you turn such a day into a memorable one? HOT COCOA BAR.
You can do this with friends for a sleepover, girls night, for a boys camping trip, or during these more socially distant COVID times, you can simply enjoy it with your family in the comfort of your own home. Here are some tips to get started on your own!
1 Packet storage – in order to have the best hot cocoa bar, you need to have variety! This is key to impressing your loved ones with a truly awesome set up, and options that everyone will love. Take a divided bin, like these bamboo ones, and fill them with all different hot cocoa flavor options. Arrange them by color to give it a fun effect. Seeing them all displayed also makes it easy for all options to be visible to the drinkers!
Or, if you prefer to take the packet contents out of the paper packet, you can display them in their raw form in airtight containers. The mix can be easily poured into one’s cup and seeing the contents of the container as your choosing it adds a fun element to the experience!
2 Using those same airtight containers or these stylish canisters, fill them with other goodies to allow your hot cocoa drinkers to create their own unique drink. Fill them with sprinkles, marshmallows of different sizes, cinnamon sticks, chocolate straws, candy canes, chocolate shavings, whatever you might see at the store that would make an excellent addition to your drink.
3 A fun tip I always used growing up, was adding some coffee creamer to my hot chocolate. It adds a touch of – you guessed it – creaminess, while also giving your hot cocoa a hint of that flavor. Keep these chilled beforehand in the fridge and pull them out on to display while your loved ones go down the line and whip up their concoctions. Organize them neatly in these fridge bins from mDesign. The narrow design is perfect for creamers to be lined up in and chosen from easily.
4 Making multiple cups for family or friends? Easily carry filled mugs out to them on this acrylic serving tray. Or place a kettle of hot water, mugs and the above bins and canisters on a rolling bar cart. Then you can roll everything into your sitting room and everyone can customize their own cup of chocolaty perfection.
That was easy! Creating a uniform, easy to view and access system for your family or friends to create their very own personalized hot cocoa is the best way to celebrate National Cocoa Day. Brave the cold and enjoy a campfire, or pop in a classic movie, grab some blankets, and you’ve got yourself an evening to remember!
Shaylee Dillen is a SEO Content Writer at mDesign
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Dec 11, 2020
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