Hot Chocolate Bar/Popcorn Party
By Amy Larson
Hot Chocolate Bar
1 ½ tsp. maple syrup, ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1 c. whole milk or half and half, 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c. half and half or milk , ½ c. milk chocolate chips, 1 Tsp. peppermint extract Orange:
1 c. half and half or milk, 1 Tbsp. sugar, grated orange zest to taste, 3. Oz. dark chocolate squares Mexican:
1 c. milk or half and half, 6.oz. finely chopped or grated dark chocolate, ½ tsp. cinnamon, cayenne pepper to taste
½ c. milk, 6 oz. chopped chocolate, ¼ c. heavy whipping cream, 3 Tbsp. caramel sauce
1 c. half and half, ¼ or more lavender buds, ½ c. white chocolate chips
Shaved white chocolate, mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows (white or multi-colored), candy sprinkles, cinnamon, mint flakes, crushed candy cane, whipped cream, sea salt
Note: Steamboat Gulch above Idaho City is a favorite of ours during the winter months. I used to get a little tense, watching my two sons and daughter tearing down those sledding hills among dozens of other sledders and passersby, but they always had a blast.
Nothing hits the spot after a day of hitting the slopes or sledding hills like a steaming hot mug of cocoa. Don’t have all of the liquid flavors available? You might have more than you think, enough for a new family favorite, the Hot Chocolate Bar.
Cinnamon, apple pie spice, and vanilla to taste. Stevia or sugar to taste. Sprinkle onto popcorn until desired flavor achieved
Taco seasoning to taste (I discovered this one as a teenager, cruising the kitchen for something to eat. It’s addictive!)
Sea Salt & Vinegar:
Malt vinegar, fine sea salt to taste
Cheese & Garlic:
1 Tbsp. grated parmesan
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. dried thyme
¼ tsp. garlic powder
Note: Curl up during the chilly months with a soft plush blanket, a good movie, and a big bowl of the flavored popcorn that best fits your mood.