When growing up on the farm, a special treat my mom use to make was her homemade hot chocolate. Or… hot cocoa.
Back in the day after an evening of snow play, we’d clamour indoors, and head for the warm pot brewing in the kitchen. Greeting us would be my mom’s homemade hot cocoa steaming away in a large pot on the stove, encouraging us to sit and sip away our numb, tingling fingers.
I honestly don’t remember the last time I’ve had the homemade variety so I just whipped up a batch tonight. Ohhh my goodness… the memories came flooding back! It was smooth and delicious! And not too sweet, because you can control the amount of sugar. Perfect.
But I admit, we generally just stock a big, honkin’ can of the powdered variety, add water from the Keurig, and it’s done. I may be rethinking that now.
So, with Christmas just around the corner, I desired to make our first official but simple hot cocoa station.
We don’t have much room in our kitchen for anything too large, so this compact version worked out really well for us.
I grabbed a few white mugs, and tied on a cinnamon stick and sprig of evergreen to each handle.
Then tucked them inside a crate.
I love crates because they give you two layers to work with, doubling your counter space.
And because they’re cool. 🙂
On top of the crate, the fixin’s. Instant hot chocolate powder, marshmallows and candy cane stir sticks all within easy grasp.
Now… if our kitchen had a blank wall….
This was a project and shoot I did to create a special use for the vintage cart you can check out HERE.
This rolling beverage station idea really is the cutest thing, which I happen to be using in my kitchen for my (ahem) 3rd coffee maker you can see HERE.
No addiction here. None at all. Nope! 🙂
Layered with a big ‘ol pretty white platter and greens lightly sprayed with spray snow of course.
All you need is milk, sugar and cocoa. If you love a quality drink, do try this. It’s amazing. And you can tweak to taste with as much or as little sugar as desired.
You could also totally create this homemade mix for your station, replacing the premixed version.
Happy hot cocoa drinking to you!
Now if it would only snow… 🙂
Does hot cocoa bring back memories for you too in some way?
- Sugar to taste
- In a heavy pot or large double boiler, pour in 1 cup or mug of milk per person (or more).
- Sift 1 tablespoon of cocoa into the milk, per person.
- Add 2 teaspoons sugar, per person.
- Whisk contents inside the pot until well blended.
- Allow milk to just scald, stirring constantly, so it doesn't burn.
- Ladle into mugs, then top with mini marshmallows.
- Enjoy! You'll just love it!
- Tip: tweak ingredients to personal preference.
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