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When the temperature drops around here my little girl looks up at me and says, “May I have hot cocoa, please!” We don’t have what others consider real winter weather, so we claim anything under 65 degrees as cocoa weather. This year I decided to designate an area near the kitchen as the hot cocoa spot. A little area where all our favorite cocoa fixings are ready for our hot cocoa cravings.
Every year I move a little painted table out of our living room to make room for our Christmas tree. Destiny! That little table became our hot cocoa bar which I tucked in a corner. What I love about this wintry setup is that I already had everything I needed right in my home. If you’re interested in setting up a home cocoa bar for you and your family, here’s what I included (note: you can also adjust this for a tea or coffee bar):
A tiered bottle drying rack is perfect for housing our winter mugs. To add Christmas flair, I hooked candy canes around it.
Festive spoons, marshmallows, straws and cinnamon sticks for stirring. Tucked in back to the right of the tree is a bottle of caramel syrup for days when we want to give our cocoa a twist.
A winter snowbird, dark chocolate chips, cinnamon, dark cocoa powder, vanilla, and more marshmallows (yummy gingerbread flavor) round out our hot cocoa essentials.
I added a little pup for my little girl to enjoy seeing each day and then we decorated the little tree with candy canes and mini whisks. On the bottom shelf I store some of my favorite cookbooks, Christmas cheese spreaders, and an espresso pot in case I’m feeling the need for a major caffeine boost (hello morning!). I can easily replace the Christmas theme for a general winter theme in a couple weeks, too. I have plans to turn this into a tea & coffee bar come spring and it should be fairly easy to switch up this little table for those delights.
I warm milk for my family and let them add the cocoa fixings most days, but sometimes I whip up a giant batch of my creamy dreamy hot cocoa and homemade whipped cream which you can find here. It keeps warm in a slow cooker for days when you’re playing out in the cold and need a steaming mug of cocoa upon your return indoors. And if you need a little something fun for little ones, try these hot cocoa stirrers–fun to make and dip into hot cocoa. Enjoy!