Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hot Chocolate Bar



Tonight I hosted my church's Youth Progressive Dinner.  My husband and I served appetizers to seventh and eight graders and dessert to ninth graders.  The teens rode around our neighborhood in wagons and stopped at different homes for the three courses of their meal.  This is a favorite activity of my daughter because she loves hanging out with her friends, seeing all of the Christmas lights in our community, and enjoying food at other people's homes.


This year we hosted my daughter's age group for dessert.  We prepared a Hot Chocolate Bar along with freshly baked cookies and a batch of her signature cupcakes.   I prepared the hot chocolate in the crock pot with a recipe that I found on another blog, Mrs. Happy Homemaker.   I was a bit skeptical and bought packets of hot cocoa just in case, but the crock pot hot chocolate turned out to be frothy, chocolaty, and delicious.  I will definitely make it again, especially for a crowd.


Along with the crock pot hot chocolate we provided the following toppings:

In addition to hot chocolate  we served:
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies (I made the dough a few days ago.  I baked half earlier today and then baked the second half right before they arrived because a chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven is the best!   Plus it makes the house smell divine.)
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms
  • Yogurt-Covered Pretzels
  • Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

The ninth graders arrived at our home on a wagon and ascended upon the Hot Chocolate Bar.  The spray whipped cream was very popular along with the variety of marshmallows.  After the teenagers enjoyed their hot chocolate and devoured their cookies, they had a white elephant gift exchange which my husband conducted.   It was a lovely evening!  I am grateful for my church, my family, and for all of the leftover hot chocolate toppings which my son's can't wait to dig into tomorrow.   Merry Christmas!


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19 comments:

  1. This looks so fun and pretty. I bet the kids had a wonderful evening. We made white hot cocoa in a crock pot last year and I was pleasantly surprised with the results too.

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  2. Yum, white hot cocoa sounds scrumptious! Did you blog or pin the recipe?

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  3. This is such a cute idea! I know that I would spend a lot of grazing near the marshmallows. This is the perfect entertaining idea for spending the holidays with my extended family. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  4. SUPER idea!!! We have a Christmas party next weekend and I totally going to do this!! Thanks for sharing this great idea. We would love it if you would please link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays.
    http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-3.html

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  5. I love this! I would love it if you would come share at my link party:

    http://herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2011/12/fabulous-friday-3.html

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  6. Very nice!! I want to make this for a youth group party at my house tonight. But, we could have up to 40 people. How much should I make? I have the same crockpot as you. Could you email me? I'm stressing out!! :)
    Thanks!
    jen-schmidt@cox.net

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  7. Oh, I should mention. I have the recipe from Pinterest. That's how I found your blog. :)

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  8. I love your Hot Chocolate Bar! Looks great, and I've never thought of making hot chocolate in a crock pot! I'm your new follower :o) Merry Christmas!

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  9. I'm doing a hot chocolate bar for my cookie exchange this weekend. Mrs. Happy Homemaker said her recipe served 6-8, did yours work out thatway? Should I double this for 15 adult women? Thanks for all of the ideas, this looks great!

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  10. I served about a dozen youth, one little brother, and a few adults off of one batch, but they were ending a progressive dinner so were pretty full when they arrived. A double batch should be enough for 15 adults, but you could also offer coffee and hot tea, water. Also, I had some cocoa packets and hot water on hand just in case:) Next time I'm making it for a crowd I will definitively double it.

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  11. I LOVE it!!! What a good idea! We would love you to share this at Sixsistersstuff.com on Saturday for our Strut Your Stuff Link Party. Hope to see you there!
    Kristen - one of the sisters

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  12. This has to be the cutest idea ever! My kiddos would love this, I would love this :) Thanks! Pinning and tweeting this fun-ness.

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  13. I love the idea of a hot chocolate bar. I'm thinking Christmas morning this would be perfection!

    Stopping by from Sweet Indulgences Sunday

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  14. I love it! So fun!

    Thanks for linking up with me last week for Friday Favorites! I'm featuring you this week!

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  15. It doesn't reflect in your comment section, but this post has been repinned 280 times so far from my pinboard! I wanted to let you know & to thank you for sharing such a fun idea! =)

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    1. Wow, thanks. I recently went back to work full time as a 2nd grade teacher so I don't have as much time to track these things. Thanks for sharing. Yes, it was a really fun time and we are going to do it again this year. Happy Holidays!

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  16. Wow what a fun idea! I def want to do this during christmas!

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