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My house is a house of hospitality. I say that every day. It establishes a mindset that I am ready when anyone comes to my door ready for a cup of hot cocoa and conversation. I want to be able to say, "Hey! Won't you come in!" Stop by anytime. I promise to always have cookies.

the cocoa bar

'Tis the season for the Hot Cocoa Bar! Keep it stocked and you'll always be ready for that visiting neighbor, Christmas Caroler, family member, and friend. A trip to ALDI at the holidays will provide traditional goodies PLUS international treats at GREAT PRICES for Holiday cookies and candies. I LOVE the Winternacht brand! I use them for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers, and package tie-ons, too.

Here are some of my favorites Cocoa Bar toppings:

  • Marshmallows

  • Cinnamon Sticks

  • Chocolate Chips

  • Candy Canes

  • Peppermint Puffs

  • Candied Orange Peel

  • Candied Ginger

  • Chocolate Santas (hollow)

  • Chocolate Covered Cherries

  • Andes Chocolate Mints

  • Peppermint Patties

Alongside serve small cups of assorted ginger cookies, butter cookies, mints, orange slices, old-fashioned hard Christmas candy, and tiny squares of fruitcake. This year I made orange slice cake.



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