Throw a memorable party that doesn’t require any cooking or baking!
Studio 5 Executive Producer, Michelle Torsak shows how to create a
steamer/hot chocolate bar.
When planning your steamer/hot chocolate party, it’s all about the three D’s:
Décor, Drinks and Details.
· Make a statement with disposable “chalkboard” menu boards. Using a
white paint pen, write your drink menu on black foam board (available from
Michael’s or an office supply store).
· Make your cake stands and apothecary jars part of the décor.
· Cover spice jars, whipped cream, and other packaged items with
coordinating cardstock for instant, easy charm.
· Label your toppings, spices and extract.
The drinks are the “star” of this party, so you want them to be special.
You can make a variety of milk steamers using flavored syrups. Flavored
syrups are available at grocery stores, restaurant supply stores (like Orson
Gygi) and places like World Market. Great winter flavors include peppermint,
pumpkin pie, chocolate, hazelnut, and vanilla.
· 1 c. milk
· 3-4 Tbsp. peppermint flavored syrup
· Homemade peppermint whipped cream
1. Add syrup to mug.
2. Fill with heated milk.
3. Froth with a handheld frother.
4. Top with homemade whipped cream.
5. Add chocolate mint cookie crumbles
Homemade Peppermint Whipped Cream
· 10 peppermint candy canes
· 16 oz. heavy cream
· Unwrap candy canes and pulse in blender to make a fairly fine powder.
· Whip cream and add all peppermint powder in place of the sugar.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
· Caramel topping
· Hot cocoa
· Whipped cream
· Sea Salt
· Cover interior of mug with caramel.
· Add hot cocoa.
· Top with whipped cream, chocolate powder and a pinch of sea salt
Hot Chocolate on a Stick
· 1/2 cup heavy cream
· 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
· 3 cups semisweet chocolate, chopped or in chips
· 4-oz bar unsweetened chocolate (broken or chopped into smaller pieces)
· Lollipop sticks
· 8X8 pan, lined with parchment paper
1. Heat the cream and sweetened condensed milk over medium-low heat
until it starts steaming, stirring periodically.
2. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes,
then put back on medium-low heat and stir with a whisk until chocolate is
completely melted and shiny.
3. Pour chocolate into prepared pan and let sit overnight.
4. Cut into one inch squares.
Get creative with your mix-ins and toppings – that’s what makes it fun!
· Graham cracker crumbles
· Oreo cookie crumbles
· Homemade marshmallows
· Ice cream toppings
· Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, pumpkin pie spice
· Extracts: vanilla, almond, peppermint
TOOLS I LOVE:
1. Aerolatte Frother; available from Amazon; $20
2. Hot Chocolate Pot; available from Williams Sonoma; $29.95
3. Cocoa-Latte Machine by Back to Basics; available from Amazon; $30
4. Whipped Cream Maker; Williams Sonoma; $14.95