Hot Cocoa Gets a Makeover
Dec 4th, 2013
There’s nothing that says holiday time like a smooth, silky, tasty cup of hot cocoa, that seems to wrap its warmth around you like a good hug from an old friend. Put a new twist on the old favorite. Hot cocoa is the perfect canvas for a variety of flavors! At your next party, make a holiday drink station by setting out cocoa mix, all the add-ins, whipped cream, toasted coconut, sprinkles…and let your guests have fun creating their own hot beverages!
Gingered Hot Cocoa: bring another layer of warmth to your cocoa by dropping a slice of candied ginger in, or peel a 1/4 inch cube of fresh ginger and seep in your mug until the ginger flavor is infused.
Old Fashioned Peppermint Stick Hot Cocoa: stir the cocoa mix into hot milk using an old fashioned peppermint stick. For a lower-sugar version, put a drop of peppermint extract in hot cocoa instead. Both are delicious!
Cinnamon Stick Hot Cocoa: make the Creamy Dreamy Hot Cocoa mix, but stir in a tablespoon of ground cinnamon. When making your mug of hot cocoa, stir together using a fresh cinnamon stick.
Reese’s Hot Cocoa with Peanut Butter Swirl: you won’t be able to stop sipping this. Add 1 1/3 cup powdered peanut butter to the cocoa mix, and stir or sift together. Make a peanut butter swirl by taking 1/2 cup thawed whipped topping and gently folding in a teaspoon of creamy peanut butter. Dallop on top of hot cocoa, and let all the flavors melt together…and melt in your mouth.