We may only be a few days into December, but I’d be lying if I said my excitement for Christmas hasn’t absolutely skyrocketed. I mean, my housemates and I have already begun piling presents under our brightly decorated Christmas tree! Now, all we can think about is relaxing in our living room with our coziest blankets, favorite holiday movies and delicious cups of hot cocoa.
While some may prefer a classic cup of hot chocolate with no gimmicks, I can’t agree. That’s why Target’s amazing little hot cocoa kit is bound to be my new favorite Wondershop item this year.
Dress Up Your Cup!
Picture this: It’s snowing outside, and you’ve just grabbed your fuzziest blanket on the way to your couch. You notice A Charlie Brown Christmas is about to start, and then you think…what would make this moment even greater? A decked-out cup of hot chocolate! With the Target Wondershop hot cocoa bar set, you already have everything you’ll ever need for your perfect cup.
With five individual mason jars full of fun hot chocolate mix-ins, you can’t go wrong. While three are mainly toppings—mini marshmallows, crushed candy canes and caramel bits—the set also provides both milk chocolate and dark chocolate cocoa mixes. Yes, please!
If you’d rather make your own hot cocoa bar this holiday season, check out our guide.
Build Your Hot Cocoa Bar Today
Don’t be caught off guard by the incoming winter weather! You can warm up with one of these hot cocoa bar sets from Target for only $10 this holiday season. Unless this set is eligible for delivery to your address, you may have to head in-store and take a walk through Target’s Wondershop. (Just try not to get sucked in by all the deals…)
Treat yourself this winter with some smooth cocoa and minty-sweet toppings. I know I will be!
Sweeten up the Holidays with These Hot Cocoa Recipes
Steaming mugs of these smooth beverages are a nice anytime treat with my husband, Ken.—Marie Hattrup, Sonoma, California
Also, check out the best hot chocolate mixes according to cocoa and cozy experts
along with the best hot chocolate gift sets
for your loved ones this season.
This is our daughter's favorite hot chocolate recipe. It may look like ordinary cocoa, but a touch of vanilla sets it apart from the rest. And the melted marshmallows give it a frothy body you won't get from a cocoa packet. —Jo Ann Schimcek, Weimar, Texas
My husband and I like to enjoy this grown-up version of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening. It's even better made with honey-flavored bourbon if you can find that in your local store. —Andrea Harvath, Duncannon, Pennsylvania
My mom makes this hot chocolate with pumpkin, spices and white chocolate. We usually drink it on Halloween, but it’s delish at Christmas too. —Sasha King, Westlake Village, California
Each winter in early February my friends and I gather for an outdoor show called Mittenfest. We skip the Bloody Marys and fill our thermoses with these hot cocoas instead.
Vanilla beans and a hazelnut liqueur like Frangelico lend a sophisticated flavor to this hot chocolate. With such rich taste, it could be served as a dessert. —Michael Compean, Fountain Hills, Arizona
With or without a nip of rum, my hot chocolate recipe has been a Wisconsin winter warmer for years. When the toboggan hills are calling, I skip the whipped cream and take a thermos to go. It’s always a hit and it ensures nobody is left out in the cold! —Mark Phillips, Bayfield, Wisconsin
My soothing white hot chocolate is a great warm-up after a wintry day spent sledding or ice skating. Or include it as a festive addition to brunch or an afternoon tea party. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
You need just a few basic ingredients to stir up this spirit-warming sipper. The comforting beverage is smooth and not too sweet, making it just right for cozy chilly nights. —Flo Snodderly, North Vernon, Indiana
This delicious, not-too-sweet Mexican hot chocolate is richly flavored with cocoa and delicately seasoned with spices. The whole-stick cinnamon stirrers come in handy, as the old-fashioned chocolate mixture settles if not stirred before drinking. The blend of cinnamon and chocolate flavors is wonderful! —Kathy Young, Weatherford, Texas
This hot chocolate recipe is more than a warm-you-up—it's rich and thick decadence in a mug. —Cyndi Nistico, Palm Island, Florida
Treat your family to this comforting, homemade cocoa as you decorate the tree or open holiday gifts. Vanilla and almond extracts make it taste even more special. —Vicki Holloway, Joelton, Tennessee
When we want a cup of hot chocolate, we prefer homemade over store mixes. A splash of Kahlúa adds a touch of fabulous. —Chung-Ah Rhee, Hollywood, California
Change up ordinary hot cocoa by stirring some dark baking cocoa into vanilla almond milk. Top it off with a plain large marshmallow or berry marshmallow creme, if you like, and add your favorite pretty sprinkles. —Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
After an afternoon of sledding, kids will love to warm up with hot chocolate and these special snowman toppers. The snowmen will disappear as they sip and so will the chill on their fingers and toes! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Garnished with whipped cream, chocolate curls and raspberry-flavored marshmallows, this cool-weather favorite goes from everyday to extra-special. —Andrew McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois
More than a hint of cool mint makes this delicious sipper a special switch from traditional hot chocolate. Besides the rich beverage that's quick to fix, a dollop of whipped cream with crushed candy tops each mug lusciously. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Chocolate pudding mix is the convenient start to this clever cocoa mix. Kids of all ages get a kick out of the marshmallow ghost floating on top. —Ruby Gibson, Newton, North Carolina
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