We are in the midst of the Snowpocalypse here in the DC area. At our house we have at least 30 inches of snow outside. We’ve already shoveled the driveway three times and will certainly be out there again before all of this is over. It’s good exercise, I guess. But let’s be honest, shoveling is not fun!
What will make this all better, I ask myself? Hot chocolate will help. Better still? A hot chocolate bar!
Hot chocolate bars — where you can make your own custom hot cocoa with a variety of “fixings” — are becoming very popular. They are great on a snowy day at home, but even more fun at a party. Guests love the interactivity and the ability to create their favorite cooca concoction. Try it at a winter engagement party, a SuperBowl bash, or a birthday party.
Set out some mugs.
Celebrity-designed mugs available at Neiman Marcus
Pillivuyt has such classic tableware. These extra large mugs are no exception — and would leave plenty of room for making the perfect cocoa creation.
Pillivuyt Eden extra large mug, available at Geary's
Make a few batches of hot chocolate.
A batch of regular hot cocoa for the base is a great place to start. This recipe for Creamy Hot Chocolate from Epicurious would be perfect. I’d recommend offering a couple of other bases, as well, like white hot chocolate or peppermint hot chocolate.
Provide some add-ins — offer both liquid and dry.
- Crumbled peppermint sticks
- Chocolate-covered marshmallows (like these from Bissinger’s)
- Cinnamon sugar
- Orange twists or peel
- Chopped up candy bar
- Chocolate chips
or for the adults…
- Creme de Mint
- Grand Marnier
- Peppermint Schnapps
To top it off:
- Whipped cream
- cocoa powder
Set out some stirrers.
- candy canes or peppermint sticks
- cinnamon sticks
- artisan stirrers (like this tempting one from Knipschildt — white chocolate with butterscotch and whiskey)