Hot cocoa is a fun and simple drink that anyone can make, but extra add-ins can turn it into a gourmet treat. Have a contest with friends and family members in which each person creates his own unique twist on classic hot cocoa, and everyone gets a chance to taste test and vote for his favorite version! This fun activity inspires kids to make use of their creativity and imagination.
Here's the basic recipe:
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Mugs and spoons (enough for the taste testers)
Paper and markers for charting
What You Do:
To prepare for the hot cocoa competition, have someone create a tournament-style chart to organize the contest. The competition could be spread out over several evenings, for extra drama. For example, on the first night of the contest, try having two members create their own hot cocoa recipes, with the rest of the group voting on their favorite. If Dad wins, for example, he would compete the following night with the winner of another preliminary competition.
After the chart has been created, allow the first competitors to begin the contest. They should make up their own recipe based on the given ingredients, but to make things interesting, allow each competitor to use a “secret” ingredient or two. The basic ingredients in hot cocoa are: sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, milk, salt, vanilla extract, and of course, hot water. Contestants can add in, for example, a bit of peppermint, marshmallows, whipped cream, shaved chocolate, or any other readily available ingredient that strikes their fancy.
Let your family's hot cocoa contest run as long as the family would like. Simply space out the competitions as you see fit.
Keep eliminating competitors until just one hot cocoa stands above all the rest. The winner gets bragging rights and the pleasure of seeing his winning recipe hung on the refrigerator, or circulating in a group email list, for all to enjoy!