This blog post was sponsored by CocoaVia®.
We are saying good-bye to our summer pool parties and welcoming in our pumpkin patch visits.
The first brisk of cool air has us searching for our favorite sweater and boots, and tailgating quickly goes from burgers to warm bowls of red beans, chili, and gumbo.
Along with covering our swimming pools and bringing out our stockpots for our autumn celebrations, it is also time pack up our punch bowls restock our ‘hot’ beverage stations.
In our great state, we never shy away from a chance to hold a celebration, and fall is our traditional time for tailgating, pumpkin shines, and outdoor sports. For your next celebration, consider a fun new way to serve a hot beverage – letting your guest prepare an individualized drink that is great for their heart!
Set up a CocoaVia® Hot Chocolate Bar!
This is a simple and fun way to have your guest not only ‘ooo’ and ‘ah’ over a gorgeous set up, but enjoy the health benefits of a delicious drink.
The basis of the bar is our CocoaVia® cocoa extract supplement. Not only does this give us a delicious chocolate flavor, CocoaVia® supplement also delivers the highest concentration of cocoa flavanols in a cocoa extract supplement today, and numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that these flavanols promote healthy blood flow from head to toe†. In other words, promoting a healthy cardiovascular system is essential to helping you keep you and your guest who they are for years to come!
Set up a station with empty cups, hot milk, and CocoaVia® Sweetened Dark Chocolate stick packs. Allow guest to pour hot milk into their cups and stir in a CocoaVia® stick pack.
Continue set up with a toppings area. Simply line a muffin tin with liners and fill each liner with various toppings – mini marshmallows, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, etc. Have small spoons to allow guest to individualize drinks.
As a final touch, have various straws to top of their delicious drink!
CocoaVia® Hot Chocolate Bar
CocoaVia® Dark Chocolate stick pack
Hot milks (regular, almond, soy)
Various color straws
†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN is a culinary dietitian and founder of Skinny Louisiana. She is the author of Skinny Louisiana…in the Kitchen.