Create an always-ready hot beverage center that caters to hospitality in the cold weather season.

cocoa fixing on a bar

This rolling cart does it all: stores supplies in drawers, provides space for customizing your drink and offers a lower shelf that houses a single-cup beverage option and cups for a crowd. Plus, it can be rolled from kitchen to living room and anywhere in between.

cocoa basics

Following an evening of ice skating, sledding—any winter outdoor event, really—nothing beats a cup of warm cocoa with all the fixings.

cocoa cups and carafe

Make up a batch of hot cocoa and pour it into a thermal carafe. Keep plenty of insulated cups on hand, too, so guests can help themselves.

cocoa dressings of marshmallow, whipped cream and peppermint

Then, add a selection of favorite toppings and stirrers: marshmallows, whipped cream, pirouettes, peppermint, and chocolate.

chocolate dipped spoons

Make flavored spoons with chocolate chips. Melt semi-sweet chips in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt in short bursts, stirring the chocolate in between. When melted, dip plastic spoons into the chocolate and place on waxed paper to cool (or if you have a handy block of packing Styrofoam, poke the handles into it and let spoons cool upright).

extra winter treats

Add a selection of  cookies and warm nuts to your bar so guests can nibble, too.

fully dressed cocoa bar

For anyone who doesn’t like chocolate (it’s possible), fill drawers with packets for hot apple cider, tea or coffee k-cups that guests can use with the single-serving beverage maker on the bottom shelf.

Set it all up and the hard work is done. Easy, welcoming and a cool idea for a warm, cozy gathering.

 

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