Christmas Cocoa

Hot cocoa and the holidays go hand in hand. The two big questions: Hot Chocolate or Hot Cocoa and large marshmallows or minis. But this season, while you’re figuring out the answer to these questions, why not take it up a notch and add in some fun ingredients, switch up the the mug, and make this winter’s chocolatey drink the best ever.

ROASTED MARSHMALLOWS

Combine two favorites to make some real hot cocoa fun: chocolate and marshmallows; however, this time, serve your cocoa with some roasted marshmallows on the side. No campfire, no problem. Place large marshmallows on a non-stick baking sheet and put in the oven on broil for just a few minutes, until marshmallows start to puff up and turn brown. Be sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Let the marshmallows sit for a few minutes, then put them on a wooden skewer and serve on the side or on top of the hot chocolate mug.

HOT FUDGE COCOA

Make your cocoa extra special by using your favorite ice cream topping right over the marshmallows. Our pick: hot fudge. Drizzle it on and watch the marshmallows start to melt right before your eyes, making for a creamy cocoa.

COCOA-TO-GO

Plan an evening of outdoor ice skating and don’t forget the hot chocolate. Serve it up in a holiday-themed hot beverage paper cup. Topped with whipped cream, chocolate powder, and a candy cane…you’ll feel as if you bought it right from a little cart at the outdoor rink. It’s sure to keep you toasty in the crisp winter air.

CANDY CANE COCOA

How about some peppermint hot chocolate for some holiday cheer. Simply use white hot chocolate mix, add in a 1/2 teaspoon natural peppermint extract or flavoring (more or less to your desired taste), and a drop or two of red food coloring. Top off with whipped cream, crushed candy cane on top, and a larger candy cane stuck right in the cup.

FARMHOUSE COCOA

Opt for a mason jar for your cocoa to create a farmhouse presentation. It’s cute, festive, and gives the drink an old-fashioned look. You can use a mason jar mug, with a handle, or be sure to use a silicone heat-resistant sleeve on a jar (no handle) so only the cocoa stays hot and not your hand.

TOP IT OFF

Top your cocoa with your favorite sprinkle of flavor: cinnamon, chocolate sprinkles, or even red hot candies are all fun and festive for the holidays!

HOT CHOCOLATE BAR OR COCOA CHARCUTERIE

Looking for a fun way to serve your cocoa? Create your own hot chocolate bar or charcuterie board. Create a sign to showcase your display. Then, offer up white, milk, and dark hot chocolate with tons of toppings. Of course you need marshmallows and whipped cream, but tempt your sweet tooth with flavored marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate candies, chocolate chips, crushed toffee bars, candy canes, cookies, and other favorite toppings.