Hot Chocolate!

Maybe I should have called this post Books and a Beverage, because that’s basically what it is—kind of like Books and a Snack, except this time we’re subbing in delicious hot cocoa for popcorn, baked tortillas, and other yummy foods. This is a fun activity you can do with kids on those chilly winter weekends or school holidays.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Find a group of kids who like cocoa (this shouldn’t be too hard to do). Then assemble a collection of books about chocolate. See below for my personal favorites from Lerner. 
  2. Grab a good hot cocoa mix. Plain chocolate mix is a classic, but you can also find mixes in flavors like sea salt caramel, malted milk, and Mexican chocolate (which has a hint of cinnamon in it—yum!).
  3. Assemble a wide variety of cocoa toppings. Feel free to go a little wild here. Marshmallows are great, but also think chocolate candies, butterscotch chips, crumbled-up cookies, colored sprinkles, breakfast cereal, and peanut butter.
  4. Put each of your hot cocoa toppings into a separate bowl. Set them out on a table.
  5. Prepare a cup of hot cocoa for each kid participating—and for yourself! Don’t forget yourself!
  6. Have everyone flavor their cocoa with as many toppings as they like.
  7. Read the books about chocolate while everybody drinks their delicious concoctions. Mmmm…can’t you almost taste the chocolatey goodness?

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