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Holiday Guide: A Hot Cocoa Bar for Cold Days 

Our regular guest columnist Stacia shares with us an easy way to make a mug of hot cocoa the centerpiece of a holiday party. 

I wanted to tell you about this super fun party I threw over the weekend. It was a Mustache Party for a boy baby shower. Cute huh? More specifically, I wanted to tell you about the hot cocoa bar that I made for the party. If you are so inclined, you can read about the details of the Mustache Party here.

Note the mustache mugs.Like I said, I had a hot cocoa bar and this is so great for holiday parties or even while you are out sledding or whatever it is you do during these long, cold days. I found this recipe online and I would give credit where credit is due if I could remember where I found it (it was some kind of recipe website).

Crock Pot Hot Cocoa
  • 3 cups dry milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup*
  • 1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
  • 7 cups water

Combine all ingredients except water in a 4 quart crock pot and stir well to combine. Then gradually add water, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Cover crock pot and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring once during cooking. Stir again before serving. 12 servings.

* I completely forgot to put the chocolate syrup in but it tasted just fine. Not sure how it would taste if I remembered to put it in though! It was nice and creamy, not too rich, not too watery, not too thick ... it was amazeballs!

Now for the “bar” part ... just add whatever you think people might like with their hot cocoa. I set out marshmallows, crushed up candy canes, non-crushed up candy canes, ready whip, pirouettes, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel-flavored Baileys. I meant to get cinnamon sticks but couldn’t find them at the store, so I did without.

Fixin's included candy canes, cinnamon, marshmallows, nutmeg and caramel-flavored Baileys.I made mugs for everyone to take home. So cheap and easy. Dollar store, baby! Paints for porcelain from the craft store. Paint your design. Pop them in the oven to cure and you’re done! It’s a great gift for your guests and it’s cheap. Happy Holidays!

P.S. Last time you heard from me, I wrote about the whole not going to Target thing for a month... yeeeah so I broke the pact with my friend on day two. Clearly I have impulse control problems. I had to buy my kid formula! Jeez. 

Stacia works full time as a graphic designer and lives in the western suburbs with her preschooler, baby and husband. You can get to know Stacia better by following her own blog Dried On Milk where she writes about "the good, the bad and the ugly."

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Reader Comments (1)

This is an adorable idea! Thanks!

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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