Post # 1
The original plan was to have a hot chocolate station at the reception, as FI and I have sort of a hot chocolate tradition.
Well, the venue doesn’t have a way for us to heat up milk and my mom thinks it would be perfectly acceptable to make it with water. After all, the package instructions do say you can make it with water (presumably because there is powdered milk in the mix), but I think that is GROSS. Neither FI nor I would touch the stuff and I’m worried other guests might be similarly grossed out.
Should we perhaps skip this?
Post # 3
no way to heat up milk? How would you be heating up the water?
I have been to events where they had not chocolate in a large crock pot, it kept the milk perfectly hot. What about heating ahead and putting it in huge pump pots like the coffee at the gas stations?
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Post # 5
@globalmargaret: no way to heat up milk? How would you be heating up the water?
That’s what I was thinking, too!
OP, are you using Swiss Miss packets or something? Because I just made homemade hot chocolate mix today. It was easy, and I made it with water, but once you add the coffee creamer, it tastes amazing.
I don’t drink coffee, ever. So I grabbed the liquid coffee creamer by mistake, (I saw “French Vanilla Coffeemates” which was recommended by those who commented on the recipe and just tossed it in my basket, thinking liquid creamer would be in the cold section). I will have to buy the powdered stuff to add to the gift jars, but I wanted to try the hot chocolate, so I made two cups and just added the liquid creamer. It was really good, and I couldn’t tell it wasn’t made with milk.
I would suggest either doing the powdered creamer and just adding hot water, or, if you have a way to keep the creamer cool, you could use that instead, (it helped cool the hot chocolate to a drinkable temperature).
Post # 6
I also am curious how there is no way??
Post # 7
They have a coffee pot for water, I believe. But leaving milk in a coffee pot all day would be just as gross. It’d probably go sour and would definitely get all scummy. I certainly don’t want people getting sick!
And yeah, they want to use a bunch of different kids of Swiss Miss packets or something of that variety, with a bunch of different mix ins.
Post # 8
@Edelweiss: I agree completely that hot chocolate with water is disgusting, but have you ever tried offsetting it with creamer? It makes up for the thinness and the lack of flavor that water gives, and also allows people to customize theirs with different creamer flavors. I HATE cocoa made with water, but if there’s creamer, I’m good!
Edit: I should have read all of the responses first.
Post # 9
Try renting those big carifes (coffee totes) and premaking the hot chocolate in those? The restaurant I work at sells hot chocolate (made with milk and chocolate syrup) that way for catering orders.If it is not out of your budget, you can see if a local restaurant or supermarket could bring a few of those to the reception for you so it is fresher. I think mine charges $15 a tote which serves 6-10 people. Pricy, but it would stay fresher without resorting to water.
You could have a little station next to it with flavored syrups, marshmellows, etc..
Post # 10
@CrazyCoffeeGeek: Our venue is about an hour away from the nearest places that would be likely to do any catering, so we’d have to pick it up and take it with us. Do you know for how long they stay warm? If there’s no way to keep it warm, I’d be worried about it sitting out for four hours.
Post # 11
- Wedding: December 2012 - Hacienda los Agaves
I second the cremery idea or maybe powdered milk?
Post # 12
I think Swiss Miss packets with water are good — I think that’s the recommended serving suggestion anyway. I usually end up using a pack and a half which makes it richer.
Post # 13
I worked for a catering company and we always used a coffee percolater to keep hot chocolate, cider etc hot for events. You may be able to borrow or rent one, or get an inexpensive one from walmart or amazon. If you have to use a used one, set up a batch of water and lemons in it and turn it on for about 15-20 minutes, and then rinse well- it will get rid of any coffee odor left over.
Post # 14
I drink hot cocoa with water all the time soo sounds fine to me!
Post # 15
I actually never add milk or creamer to my hot chocolate.