Cooler temps and holidays mean one thing: It's hot chocolate season! Hot cocoa has evolved to be more than just mini marshmallows. There's everything from peppermint hot chocolate to hot chocolate bombs!
Did you know? Hot chocolate can also be good for your health! Packed with powerful antioxidants, cocoa powder has beneficial effects on heart health, insulin levels, memory and more. The downside is that many of the prepackaged hot cocoa mixes contain a lot of other ingredients that are not so great for your health.
The positive? You can make your own hot chocolate mix following this simple recipe from momables.com:
Hot Chocolate Sticks are so cute, kids and adults love them! They also make a great DIY gift. So what are hot chocolate sticks? Think of chocolate fudge squares, topped with marshmallows and then dipped and swirled into your warm milk of choice. Yumm!
Check out the recipe from makeandtakes.com here...
Keep your kids busy and entertained with a hot chocolate station. Make a hot cocoa bar by putting hot chocolate in a thermos or container. Stock it with whipped cream, toppings, mugs, spoons or stir sticks, and napkins.
Have fun with the hot chocolate toppings. Some awesome toppings include:
Get inspired by these hot cocoa bar ideas from Curated Interior...
The newest trend to hit Tiktok, hot chocolate bombs! Hot cocoa bombs are made from a thin chocolate shell that melts when dropped into warm milk. They can be filled with cocoa mix, marshmallows or even peppermint pieces.
Costco has even jumped on the trend and is selling hot cocoa bombs in stores! Or you can make your own, check out this hot chocolate bomb recipe from allrecipes.com...
Make your own unique hot cocoa flavor using essential oils! Try new hot chocolate flavors by adding cinnamon bark, lavender, peppermint or even wild orange essential oils. Get the hot chocolate recipe from doTERRA here...
No matter how you like your hot cocoa, make it cozy! Put on your warm fuzzy socks, grab your favorite blanket and put on your Happi Tummi waistband for the ultimate relaxing, cozy experience. Make it extra fun for little kids and cuddle up while you read a story.
What's your favorite way to enjoy hot chocolate? Comment below!