Sometimes blog post ideas come from the most random places! The idea for today’s spiked hot chocolate bar post came about after one fated trip to World Market. I came home with 4 different hot chocolate types, snowflake marshmallows and – Kringle Kream. I didn’t know what it was at the time, it just literally sounded like liquid icing. And after documenting this trip on Instagram Stories, I got SO many responses and questions in regards to my hot chocolate supplies!
Not only did you have expert hot chocolate advice, you had recipes and tips for perfecting the perfect cocoa consistency and heat. And you proved that I’ve been drinking hot chocolate ALL wrong my entire life. Sharing my spiked hot chocolate bar cart and YOUR cocoa tips and tricks in today’s full post!
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So it turns out that Kringle Kream is actually a liquor you guys – which is exactly how our hot chocolate bar got kicked up a notch. I started thinking of other ways to create a boozy hot chocolate drink for cold nights and holiday parties. This led me to my favorite after-dinner drink slash coffee kick – Bailey’s Irish Cream. Then I grabbed some mini bottles of Rum Chata that are the perfect serving. (How cute are these little guys for gifting a hot chocolate kit to someone?)
And don’t forget the extras like marshmallows and toppings! I found a ton of options at World Market, but you can easily crush up peppermint bark or cookies to add to your whipped toppings. Keep reading to see seven more hot cocoa tips that I received on Instagram!
Tip #1: Bring your milk to a simmer on the stove, mix in chocolate powder and bring to a simmer again. It will produce the creamy texture.
Tip #2: Try using 1/2 milk and 1/2 sweet and condensed milk for a more rich flavor.
Tip #3: Add 1/4 teaspoon of mint extract and a few chocolate chips. It adds more chocolate flavor and you can tell when it’s the right heat because all of the chips will have melted.
Tip #4: Add a spoonful of Nutella! (OMG how have I never tried this?!)
Tip #5: Drop a Hershey’s kiss in the bottom for it to melt while you sip!
Tip #6: Crush up cookies like Oreos or Thin Mints to sprinkle over your whip cream.
Tip #7: Add Bailey’s Irish Cream and cook it in the crockpot.
Photos by Eric Garcia
Thank you to everyone who sent me their hot chocolate tips!