Hot Cocoa Bar

Happy Friday, friends! The kids have been extra good all week, and deserved an extra special treat. This little hot cocoa bar did just the trick! I wish you could have seen the looks on their faces when they saw this — pure delight!

Just some homemade peppermint hot cocoa mix and a few toppings we already had on-hand helped to make the afternoon extra special. We used mini chocolate chips, cinnamon sticks, sprinkles, and peppermint sticks. Some air popped popcorn was the perfect accompanying snack.

Later, I posted a quick poll on our Facebook page to see how our readers love topping off the perfect cup of hot cocoa. So many great ideas, and the possibilities are practically endless!

Β Sneak in some learning fun by keeping a chart or graph of which hot cocoa toppings are the favorites among the members of your family. You may spark some debate too. πŸ˜‰

Have fun!!


  1. Oh yum! I want one.

  2. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Tina! Something tells me your boys would totally love this — have a great weekend!

  3. what a cute idea for a party! thanks for sharing the inspiration!

    • Thanks, Brenda! When I was a kid, I would have LOVED to go to a hot cocoa bar party! Have fun!!!

  4. I have to admit I tend to just add whipped cream or marshmallows……..

  5. Dear Valerie, I want you to know how much I appreciate your site! You always have really great, original ideas to help moms like me build our Happy Homes. But you want to know the thing about your site that makes me the happiest? That rainbow-checkered tablecloth that makes many appearances in your posts. πŸ™‚ It is a symbol to me of what your website is all about – cheerful, frugal fun. Cheerful because of the happy colors, and frugal because you use it so often – not buying a million different coverings for all of your different posts (as I sometimes find with other blogs – all great ones, but my budget is more like yours. πŸ™‚ We use what we have. And I’m thinking that one day, your sweet girls are going to look back on their lives and remember all the fun that tablecloth brought to their days through your guidance. Watch out because I’ll bet they are both going to want to pass it on to their own families one day! πŸ™‚ I am sure you will think of some frugal, fun way to divide it between the two. πŸ™‚ Thanks for being such an inspiration! – Julie,

  6. I love that table cloth the most! It is coming to me!! πŸ™‚

    • lol! I have an assistant helping with some freelance video work for our YouTube channel, and she remarked once that I was “all about the tablecloth”. I have to say, that tablecloth makes me smile every day!!! Hope you are enjoying the weekend, my friend! xo

  7. Valerie, It has been awhile since I have visited and wow have I enjoy visiting again your site. This hot chocolate idea makes me smile from ear to ear. As soon as it is a good rainy day again over here (which could mean anyway;) I am going to do this to brighten up a dreary winter day. Thanks again for posting such great fun, with your kid ideas, love ’em.
    Much care. In my west corner in Turkey ~Becky. πŸ™‚