Monday, December 13, 2010

Hot Cocoa.

Harvest Lane Candy Co.
What can bring more comfort and cheer than hot cocoa? 

When I think of the warm stuff...

I think of sipping it
-after a cold night of caroling
 -around the fireplace
 -watching a Christmas movie
 -at a Christmas brunch
-around a campfire
-while gazing at the Christmas tree 
-at a Christmas party

What is your favorite time for hot cocoa?
We had a hot cocoa bar at our Christmas party last year.  Huge hit.  Someone just mentioned it again the other day.  Whenever your guests can remember the food/drink at your party a year later, call it a success.

A variety of toppings made it fun.
The secret to the best cocoa  is to top it with fresh whipped cream.
basic whipped cream recipe

Last Christmas, my family had brunch instead of lunch.  We loved it!  It's probably our new tradition. I repeated the hot cocoa bar.  We like our cocoa creamy so I kept a crock pot of milk set on low.  You could easily use water instead.
And no, this is not our brunch.  It's a wanna be a.k.a. inspiration.
Hot Cocoa even makes a great gift.
Who wouldn't like receiving this treat?
Best Hot Coca Mix Recipe

If you were here, I'd pour you a cup.
 And you know, one thing calls for another.

May you have warm and delicious memories this Christmas season!


Along A Widowed Road said...

Huge fan of Hot cocoa! But not before bedtime...I tell ya everytime I sip some before bed, I'm awake till 2 or 3 in the morning.
Love the pics!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your photos look amazing! I'm so glad I had some hot cocoa today! Mine was sugar free...but still very very good! Enjoy your week! ♥♥♥

Julie Harward said...

Hot cocoa is my very favorite thing! I have some everyday, and with whipped cream too! I love it at night time and it has to be made with milk! I love your cocoa bar idea..looks so fun! :D

Karen said...

Yummy! We have found something we really love @ Wal-mart in the bakery section. Dark choc./white choc. with crushed peppermint on top. We dip it in our hot choc. But, I have seen girls making this very thing on some cooking posts.

Donnie said...

Everything looked gorgeous and then we got to the Santa towel and it gave me such a chuckle. So cute.

podso said...

This is a fun post. It's a good thing we have no hot chocolate in the house or I'd be headed now to get some!

The Inspired Nest said...

Yum, I will have to make a cup now! My waste line thanks you! I love the idea of the hot cocoa bar. My daughters birthday is next week and I will have a bunch of little girls over!
Merry Christmas & stay warm!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

LOVE hot cocoa with homemade marshmallows :)

CHRISTmas Blessings!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Oh yes...fresh whipped cream will do it! I think I will go make myself a cup. Love the idea to have a hot cocoa bar!

Cindy said...

My dearest Tammy,
You bring the cocoa and I'll bring the cookies and we will look at the Christmas lights together.:) I love my hot chocolate after I have taken a long walk in the snow and frigid air, nothing better to warm up your insides nicely!
Love and hugs, Cindy

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e) said...

At the risk of sounding like a lush, I like a splash of butterscotch schnapps in my hot chocolate. It turns it into a creamy, caramel like drink.

Shirl said...

Hello, I'm still making my Pink Saturday visits. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. Your hot choc. looks delish and I love how you made the gift. I loved that movie too!
Happy Holidays, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Pamela said...

What a wonderful idea and tradition Tammy! My boys would love a Cocoa bar!

LV said...

That hot chocolate and spiced cider on a cold night is hard to beat.

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

A cocoa bar! Now that's brilliant. I love that idea. We are also having brunch for Christmas - quiche, cinnamon rolls, muffins, fruit, etc. then for dinner we are have TAMALES!! Yeah, the only time of year we eat them and yum I can feel my thighs growing just thinking about them.

Sares said...

Hot Cocoa is my all time favorite drink. I have to admit I drink it ALL year round. I also got my nephew addicted. First thing in the morning her wants a cup of cocoa. I've created a monster.
Your cocoa bar looks amazing! I'll have to try it.

anSeL said...

i can smell it! yum!yum!

hip-chick said...

What a great idea for a hot cocoa bar! I love it.
a link to a fantastic hot cocoa recipe! I have made it many times since first stub

From The Heart said...

The cocoa sounds delicious! Makes me feel warmer on this COLD morning!!
Have A Happy Day!

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

Thanks for your sweet comment. I'm ready to come for a visit and have some of that hot cocoa! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

From the Kitchen said...

My favorite place for hot chocolate is Serendipity in NYC (frozen). I'd love to try yours. It looks like it could become my favorite!


Marydon said...

Excuse me ... I'll be back!

You are so right, I am back with a deelish cup of chocolate & a SEE's chocolate ... now I am set for the day.

Christmas hugs & wishes ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Donna said...

mmmmm! Yum, yum, yum!!!

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