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Cocoa Craze

The holidays may be over, but you can still turn an ordinary day into a winter celebration by putting together a hot chocolate bar, a charcuterie board, or a few of the meltingly sweet cocoa bombs that have taken social media by storm in recent months. Gather a few supplies and you’ll have the perfect après sledding treat that is sure to delight both youngsters and adults.

Cocoa Bombs

Cocoa Craze With a beautifully decorated chocolate shell that melts in the heat of warm milk to expose a trove of marshmallows and cocoa powder, these bomb-diggity delights make for a fun and fabulous winter drink. While you might be able to find ready-made cocoa bombs at your local bakery or chocolate shop, you can easily assemble them at home using silicone molds with tempered chocolate. For a thorough tutorial, check out this one shared by Samantha Merritt of Sugar Spun Run. Samantha also offers ideas for customizing the cocoa bombs, such as adding some cinnamon and a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper for Mexican hot chocolate or crushed toffee bits and a sprinkle of sea salt for a salted caramel variation.
Designed and photographed by Samantha Merritt of Sugar Spun Run.

Hot Cocoa Charcuterie Board

Cocoa Craze Though traditional charcuterie boards typically include cold meats and cheeses, today’s trending boards feature themed groupings that highlight the textures, colors and flavors of a variety of foods. It’s no wonder that hot chocolate charcuterie boards are becoming popular. Adorned with everything you might need to create a hot chocolate masterpiece, such as candy melts, flavored marshmallows in a variety of shapes and sizes, caramel cubes, cookie mug toppers, seasonal sprinkles and more, these sweet spreads are as pretty to look at as they are tasty. Put one together for your next winter game night or movie marathon. For inspiration, check out this recipe from Zainab Storms at A Classic Twist.
Designed and photographed by Zainab Storms of A Classic Twist.

Self-Serve Hot Cocoa Bar

Cocoa Craze You don’t need a large space for a hot cocoa bar—just designate a spot on the countertop or a small table and create a charming display, including a grouping of mugs and a clear glass jar filled with loose cocoa and a scoop or an assortment of cocoa packets as well as a jar full of marshmallows. Don’t forget colorful napkins, a container of straws or stir sticks and add-ins such as sprinkles, crushed candies, and chocolate or caramel syrups. Add a decorative touch with a rustic sign or by arranging items in a cute tray or on a tiered stand. When you’re ready to serve, put out carafes of hot milk for mixing with the cocoa as well as any perishables, such as whipped cream and cookies. There are lots of great ideas out there, but we especially like the cozy winter vibe of the “Cabin in the Woods” cocoa bar that Jessica Lyn Kirkland of Pen + Paper Flowers styled for her family. Click here to see how she did it.
Designed and photographed by Jessica Lyn Kirkland of Pen + Paper Flowers.

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