Post # 1
It’s Christmas wedding, we don’t drink alcohol so I figure, hot chocolate and cider would be fun! But I am trying to figure out what kind of mix ins and toppings to have. Some will pull double duty on both the cider and chocolate, mostly I am not sure what to have for cider. So what would you like to have if you were a guest?
Post # 3
This sounds like an awesome idea!
Post # 4
cinnamon sticks and marshmallows are on the top of my list! And if your doing Christmas theme I think crushed Peppermint would be lovely.
Post # 5
Cider doesn’t need any frills to be delicious. I like the idea of cinnamon sticks, though. 🙂
Post # 6
Thanks all! I’m glad yall like iot, I was a little afraid people would think it is cheesy.
Post # 8
Caramel sauce for the cider!! mmmm Great to mix in or drizzle on some whipped cream… Ooooh I want some now LOL
And if you want to do something different, try 12oz cool whip, 8oz cream cheese, 1/4c sugar whipped together. It is so yummy!!! Good for fruit too :o)
Post # 9
For the cider, you could make little pouches of mulling spices. Get some empty tea bags or cheesecloth and make pouches and either make your own mulling mix or just split up a premade batch..
That way people can have the option of having mulled cider or plain old hot cider!
This beverage bar does sound delicious.
Post # 10
@chancehere: mulled? Sorry, I’m not a cider person, what is that?
Post # 11
Starbucks makes this amazing caramel apple spice cider. I found out that all it is is apple juice, whipped creme, caramel sauce and cinnamon syrup. Mmmm, I love Starbuck’s caramel apple spice. I think I’m going to go make myself a cup of it right now. Oh, and if you don’t feel like buying cinnamon syrup, there are recipees out on the web for your own DIY cinnamon syrup.
Post # 12
@chasesgirl: here are some recipes for mulled cider. Mulled cider is cider that is warmed with spices mixed in.
and here’s an idea for packaging:
Basically it’s spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, cardamom pods, allspice, and cloves put into a teabag or cheese cloth, then put into hot cider to steep. It’s pretty yummy!
Post # 13
For the mulled apple cider; cinniamon sticks and orange slices/spirals are a must. Kumquat slices would be even cuter. I like a bit of cranberry juice in my apple cider. I’ve seen whole star anice used, which is really pretty, but not many like the taste (It’s a bit like black liquorice.I haven’t tried it, but caramel syrup sounds great. I find most mulled cider too strong for me, so it’d be nice to have hot water to water it down (which you’re probably already have for coffee/tea)
For the hot choc bar, all of those sound great! I think it’s pretty hard to go wrong there. I don’t think you need coloured sugar, and candy-canes are more festive than crushed peppermints.
I don’t know the best way to add them, but some classic chocolate flavour combinations are:
Mint and choc
Coffee and choc
Orange and choc
Hazelnut and choc
Cinnamon and choc
Post # 15
Crushed chocolate chip cookies, crushed gingerbreads or spiced cookies, mini marshmallows with crushed graham crackers, cinnamon sugar, raspberry topping, mulled cider spices or caramel for the cider! I work at a coffee shop and we use these items for our hot chocolate bar in the winter! Hope this helps 🙂
Post # 16
Everything sounds delicious! That is a great idea, btw!