‘Tis the best time of the yr! In relation to the vacation season, my standard minimalist tendencies take a backseat to every part vacation. Being with my closest family and friends means I am going all out in celebrating my time with them, and for me, that all the time means gathering round meals. Between quick weeknight dinners with household buddies and vacation gatherings, I’m all the time in search of enjoyable new methods so as to add a particular ingredient to time spent with these I like. And through this time of yr, including further cozy vacation vibes with a scorching chocolate board feels extremely particular.
There are so many holiday cookies and treats round this time of yr, so after I take into consideration having dessert, I’m nearly not . I do know, it’s blasphemous for me to even admit that as a result of my candy tooth is nearly unmatched. That doesn’t imply I’ll skip dessert, but it surely does imply I need to open up my choices for a night deal with. A mug of scorching chocolate feels indulgent and candy with out being excessive. Wealthy cocoa that’s piping scorching looks like the proper nightcap that satisfies a chocolate craving in probably the most cozy of the way—particularly once you simply can’t have a look at one other Christmas cookie. It’s even higher once you make the new chocolate combine your self!
This is my formula for a stellar holiday hot chocolate board:
- Hot Cocoa Mix (see recipe below!)
While you can have cocoa ready to go on the stove, it’s also fun to keep a jar or large bowl of cocoa mix on or near the board with a kettle of hot milk/water ready to go. Then people can serve their own mugs of hot chocolate fresh and piping hot.
There are tons of marshmallow options out there these days. From vegan options to chocolate coated and even flavored versions, the choices are endless. And now is the time to grab all the favorites! I opted for a variety of sizes and shapes for this board to not only add visual interest, but let people deck out their mugs of cocoa exactly how they like. From packed to the brim with classic mini mallows, to my friends who prefer just one large marshmallow to melt into their cocoa, everyone will be ecstatic to mess around with the options.
Having sauces and whipped creams as a component of the board really takes your cocoa over the top. Drizzle chocolate sauce into the bottom of mugs for an extra dose of chocolate, or drizzle the rim of the mug with salted caramel for something out of wonderland.
- Peppermints and Candy Canes
Not everyone agrees that mint and chocolate goes together. I am firmly in the peppermint chocolate camp and welcome all to join me. Hanging a candy cane on the side of your mug also makes this feel like a special occasion, plus they work as drink stirrers.
- Cookies and Chocolates
These are more for filler. As much as I love a cookie and candy board for this time of yr, preserve them minimal right here. They need to perform as a secondary choice to the cocoa. Assume chocolate coated tuiles that work as drink stirrers and truffles that may be popped right into a mug of cocoa for a double dose of chocolate.
Cozy up with a hot mug of cocoa, and be sure to save some for Santa this holiday season!