Winter Fun: Hot Cocoa Stirrers & Peppermint Snow

hot cocoa stirrers cup 2

I’m not sure what my little one loves more.  Hot cocoa or the marshmallows that adorn it.  I can’t bring myself to limit her marshmallow madness when we have hot cocoa.  Simple childhood pleasures.

We usually enjoy hot cocoa before bedtime, but what kind of mommy ups the sugar quota in the evening?  (ahem)

The other day Munchie and I made hot cocoa stirrers for our hot cocoa.  You know, because I might as well push the sugar thing to the max since I’m on a roll.

My girl was over-the-moon excited to decorate her chocolate-dipped spoons.  You can use whatever type of chocolate chip you like.  We used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but butterscotch and peanut butter chips are fun, too.

hot cocoa stirrers line up

Place about 1/2 a cup of chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave in 20-30 second intervals, mixing between intervals, until chips melt completely.

Dip plastic spoon (be sure to cover the front and back of spoon) in the chocolate, place on a baking sheet or platter lined with wax paper.  Then decorate with whatever candy you like.  We used:

  • mini chocolate chips
  • butterscotch chips
  • crushed Andes mint candies
  • flaked coconut
  • mini marshmallows
  • crushed Heath candy bars
  • Peppermint snow

My favorite is the Peppermint Snow which is simply candy canes (or hard peppermint candies) whiiiizzed up in a food processor.  I used my mini food processor which was the perfect size.  Plus, I didn’t have to drag out and wash my regular size food processor (lazy).

peppermint candies food processor

peppermint snowPeppermint Snow!

Let your decorated stirrers cool/harden completely before using.  My little one wanted to use one in her cocoa immediately so I placed them in the freezer for about 10 minutes to speed up the process .  These also make great little gifts–just be sure to let them cool/harden completely before wrapping.  I use small cake pop/lollipop clear baggies & tie with a piece of ribbon.

hot cocoa stirrers cupMunchie made a snowman. Cutie pie.

Looking for a hot cocoa recipe so you can start stirring asap?  You can check out my Creamy Dreamy Hot Cocoa recipe here.

Enjoy! ♥

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