It's Suzanne again! Have you been finding lately that the requests for hot cocoa have increased in number? They sure have here! Of course, living in Massachusetts where it has been 10 degrees may have something to do with it. Yet, at this time of year, a good cup of cocoa with a generous handful of marshmallows tossed in just screams all things Christmas to the average kiddo, and adult too.
Admitting to getting a bit exasperated at the numerous requests in a day for cocoa, I decided there must be a simpler method for preparing hot cocoa. Instead of digging through the shelves for the cocoa mix, marshmallows, and other sweet additives whenever the whim hit for a cup, I devised a spot in the kitchen where all the necessary items to make a fantastic cup of cocoa could all live in harmony and be easily accessible to the family. Yes, they could even make their own cup!
You can, of course, copy my example or make your own, whichever suits your fancy. I just used a couple of large mason type jars. I put marshmallows in one and Swiss Miss Cocoa in the other. I buy the really big containers of cocoa and marshmallows at BJ's Wholesale club. You may have a Sam's or Costco near you. I couldn't resist the cute Santa mugs at Walmart--they kinda make the tray, don't ya think? Then I added some flavored candy canes and peppermint sticks. A tray and a couple of jingle bells and we were good to go. Doesn't it look festive!
The hot cocoa station has been a hit around here. So whether your shivering with 10 degree weather and hunkered down by the wood stove like we are, or enjoying balmy 80 degree heat, a hot cocoa station adds to the Christmasy spirit around the house. The kids will love being able to make their own cup, if old enough of course, and adding all the fun things that make a cup of cocoa festive. Do try whipped cream and colored sprinkles-that's a fun one, but needs refrigeration. A candy cane or peppermint stirrer adds another flavor as well as some whimsy. Have fun!
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Thanks Suzanne. This is fantastic!