Hot Cocoa Buffet


So a couple of friends and I felt the winter time urge to spend the afternoon drinking hot cocoa. I couldn’t help but think if you’re going to spend the whole afternoon doing that then why not have a hot cocoa buffet!

We had three different kinds…

Nutella Cinnamon

For one serving you heat 1 cup of milk almost to a boil in a saucepan, stir in a 1/3 of a cup of Nutella, and a pinch of salt and cinnamon.

Fluffernutter Hot Cocoa


For one serving you bring one cup of milk almost to a boil thin whisk in 1/4 cup Fluff, 1/3 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup peanut butter chips and continue whisking until smooth.

The last cocoa was a Ginger Spice that I had to fudge some of the ingredients (has anyone ever found 5 spice powder at the store??) It wasn’t as cocoa-tastic as the other two, but we did drink it last and by then the bar had been set very high.


Heat 1 cup of milk almost to a boil then whisk in 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon of ginger and a pinch of 5 spice powder.

My favorite was the Fluffernutter even though I have been making the Nutella recipe for years. The peanut butter chips just put it over the top (think melted peanut butter and chocolate ice cream). The group was split pretty evenly between the two.


Everyone brought their favorite treat to have with hot cocoa. I made miniature chocolate Pilsbury crescent rolls by simply cutting the precut dough in half and adding mini-semi sweet chocolate chips.





(There were some non-chocolate ones too. I ended up eating them with pasta the next day. They would be great with soup. We were very chocolate focused that afternoon).

My all-time favorite food to have with hot cocoa is Saltine crackers. The salty and sweet are so good together when you dip the cracker into the frothy cocoa. I thought my mom gave me this combo when I was little, but she says that I remember wrong.


Thankfully the memory goes before the taste buds!

Stephanie’s life in food: What I ate almost every day: August 11th to 31st

Tea- birthday morning


Birthday pancakes


Sautéed veggies and rice


Birthday peach pie and blueberry ice cream


Stuffed mushrooms with vodka sauce pasta


Giant british chocolate bar


Dirt pudding with pie crust worms


Crown room pancake


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Zen salad


Peanuts and pretzel at the ball game


Cauliflower curry and homemade naan


Dad's grilled chicken and mom's mac and cheese


Dad's spaghetti with turkey meatballs and salad


Leong's Springfield Style Cashew Chicken


Breakfast for dinner! Matzo eggs and veggie sausage!


Mom's chocolate cake with whipped cream


Veggie buffalo wings, mac and cheese and peas and carrots


Dark chocolate chip cookie dough on the beater (and the spoon and the bowl)


Dark chocolate chip cookies


Leftover mac and cheese with peanut butter and grape jelly


Blueberry ice cream with Jen's tiny peach tart


Crown room pancake


Guiltless mashed potatoes, sweet and sour carrots and mixed grain casserole


Sweet potato pasta with garlic, butter , sprinkle cheese and maple pecans


Toasted french bread with butter and fried eggs


Butterfinger mini custard concrete


Homemade pizza with pineapple and Vodka dipping sauce (for the bread sticks and the crust)


Nutella toast and tea


Speedy Gonzalez: Spinach Enchilada, bean taco and rice


Veggie burger picnic smorgasbord


Oven broiled cheesy tomato and fresh tomato sauce


Dough balls


Beanball sub with rosemary and garlic fries


Pineapple- cashew- quinoa stir fry