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:
- whipped cream
- holiday M&M's
- Pepperidge Farm Cookie Sticks
- candy canes
- crushed candy canes
- mini marshmallows
- peppermint marshmallows
- gingerbread marshmallows
- caramel marshmallows
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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