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It’s Hot Cocoa time!!
I think you guys all know by now that hot chocolate is a very coveted drink in my family. My dad has been joking lately that my mom is solely existing on hot chocolate. Apparently, since I’ve moved out, her hot cocoa cravings have been through the roof. I think this may be because she no longer has someone to literally serve her, breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts…yeah, I did that. Hot cocoa is a lot easier to make than say… lunch. Don’t lie mom, you totally miss me.
Anyway, way back in like early September, I had this idea for a holiday hot chocolate party. I know, I start thinking about Christmas WAY too early, but the point is, I’ve been thinking about this party for so long.
It’s really so simple and so much fun. Basically, all you need are these hot chocolate mixes, warm milk and all the toppings you can possibly think of! Duh, toppings are a must!
So let me just get right down to it.
First you need really good hot cocoa mix. Today I’m sharing my easy recipes for dark chocolate mocha, milk chocolate, peppermint and vanilla matcha white chocolate. Each batch is easy, just add everything to a food processor and process until you have a fine powder.
My favorite mix is the dark chocolate mocha. I love coffee with my chocolate, so this is a given. Of course the milk chocolate is delicious too, and peppermint…very festive! The vanilla matcha white chocolate is totally different. It’s delicious, but you have to be into matcha green tea to like this one. I made this one with coconut milk, which also added great flavor. Creamy, vanilla with a hint of green tea, but with the additional sweetness of white chocolate. YUM.
SIDE NOTE: Sorry if I’m a bit distracted today. It’s kind of a big day for my little bro Red. He is competing in Breckenridge in the Dew Tour for the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals in just a few hours. I swear I might be more nervous than he is. OK, probably not, but I am just SO pumped for him. He is the youngest rider competing today (he’s only 15, and guys… little Red is well… LITTLE) and he’s competing against the BEST of the BEST. Like no joke. I’m talking Olympic status here. I don’t mean to brag, but I mean, come on. It’s kind of cool, and I am so proud of him…but I can’t sit still cause watching him is the most nerve-racking thing. You should have seen me on Friday during semi-finals, I had to cover my eyes. I was a basket case. Just so proud of that kid. He killed it. Please, please, PLEASE send good vibes his way guys. PLEASE. 🙂
OKAY back to cocoa. Possibly the most important part of a hot chocolate party though are the toppings. Toppings makes everything so much fun…especially when those toppings include things like nutella, marshmallows and um…all the Christmas candies you can find.
My Personal Favorite Toppings
Salted Caramel Sauce
Milk Chocolate Shavings
Gingerbread Cookies…more for dipping
Flaky Sea Salt
I recommend warming around 6-8 cups of whole milk OR full fat canned coconut milk (depending on how many people will be attending your party). You can either heat the milk over low heat on the stove or in your crockpot on the warm setting. Just leave a ladle in the pot/crockpot of warm milk and people can ladle the warm milk into their mugs and then add their desired hot cocoa mix + toppings.
See?? Pretty simple, right?!?
I highly recommend having a few items for people to snack on such as sugar cookies, salted popcorn and maybe crackers. I went with gingerbread cookies and popcorn!
You could have Christmas music softly playing in the background or have a fun holiday movie on the TV… OR maybe you could plan to decorate gingerbread houses?? Yes, do that! SO FUN!
And there you have it. That’s my two cents on how to host the most epic holiday hot cocoa party!!
Question: what holiday parties are you guys throwing/attending this year?!? I SO want to know all the details!!!
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
Oh umm, hey Frosty? I think you’re melting…and you know, you’re kind of delicious too. I think I’ll eat you now.
Products used in this Post: Gingerbread Train/Sleigh, Copper Mugs, Snowman Marshmallows, French Marble Kitchen Island, Snowflake Serving Dish Set
Thank you for sharing these recipes. Question – is there a substitute for the vanilla bean? How off would the taste be if I left it out? Thank you!
You could use a splash of vanilla extract in place of the beans. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
How long do the dry ingredients in the jar last? I want to do this ahead for a gingerbread themed gender reveal party!
They are probably good for a few weeks:) Happy Holidays! xx
I’m looking at the gingerbread man in her hands and I’m looking for the recipe! Do post on instagram please Happy Holidays!
Thank you! Happy Holidays Sherry! xTieghan
Every single time I look at one of your posts, I am blown away by not only your creations, but your photography. SHAZAM! What a spectacular post! Your sister looks adorable:-) And that reindeer cookie- KA-UTE! And all the other drink extras. A hot chocolate lovers dream, for sure. It’s well past Christmas, I could not resist leaving a comment.
Hope your little brother nailed it!
Happy New Year 🙂
Hi Julia, thank you so so much!
So happy you chose to leave a comment cause it brought back great memories form Christmas time! So happy you like it all (:
Have you made your gingerbread cookies by yourself? It all looks soooo delicious ?
Oh my gosh, this looks so fun! Nutella hot chocolate is my ALL TIME favorite. So divine! The only holiday party I’m attending is today actually, and there’s going to be fried bread! Say what?! Can’t wait!
I just made the milk chocolate recipe, and I’m drinking a steaming mug now-DELICIOUS!
I want to make the matcha white chocolate next–yum!
awe! Thank you! I can’t believe you made it!! Making me so happy right now!!
Hope you guys have a very Merry Christmas!
This looks AMAZING! I’m totally having my little one host a hot cocoa party. But…question…what can I use in place of instant coffee granules to keep it kid-friendly?
You can just omit the coffee. Let me know if you have other questions, thanks!
Aw love this idea! My daughter is having a hot chocolate party in school this year, but yours takes the cake. 🙂 Such a fun spread you put together!
Wow! Looks like the perfect party Tieghan! Asher looks like she’s havin’ the time of her life! So lucky to have you for a big sister!
Thank you! Happy Holidays 🙂
Love this! It’s 75 here right now, but I may still have to make myself some hot chocolate! ?
So awesome for your brother, I’m sure he’ll do great!
Thank you, Maria!
Good luck to you brother Tieghan! I’m sure he’ll be fantastic. As for this cocoa recipes.. wow and double wow. Can’t wait to try them. <3
OK, Asher is the cutest little button I’ve ever seen. What a luck big sister you are!
Thanks Sarah!! Happy Holidays 🙂
Great idea for the holiday season !
and then your sister is so cute dressed Mrs. Claus…
a question.. gingerbread decorations on the table you made with your own hands ? Awesome!
Thank you so much, Alessandra! Happy Holidays 🙂
A hot cocoa party sounds like the best kind of party. Asher is too cute in these photos!