​Winter Warmers: Seasonal Cocoa Creations to Create Merry Customers

​Winter Warmers: Seasonal Cocoa Creations to Create Merry Customers

Posted by Emily on 6th Oct 2023

The chilly winter days call for something heartwarming and delicious.

What better way to make your customers' festive season even more memorable than by serving them indulgent hot chocolate? Perfect for enticing an increase in seasonal sales or simply as a delightful treat while they wait in the queue, these hot chocolate variations will become a cherished tradition in your establishment.

We often say as we get older that Christmas doesn't feel the same; these recipes could help customers feel cheery.

Why You'll Love These

Utterly Indulgent - Prepare for the ultimate cocoa experience – thick, rich, and perfect for Christmas.

Simple & Quality Ingredients - Crafted from everyday essentials like milk, rich cream, chocolate, and more.

Swift Preparation - Homemade hot cocoa is just a few minutes away.

Customisable - Keep it classic or jazz it up; we have some splendid recommendations below.

A Cherished Tradition - Why not make it a ritual? Serve these every Christmas and watch your patrons eagerly await the festive season with you.

Traditional Festive Hot Cocoa

Dive into the classic taste of the festive season with this velvety homemade hot chocolate. Made with the richness of Dairy Milk and crowned with whipped cream and marshmallows, it offers a delightful respite from the cold. Fancy a grown-up twist? Add a splash of Rum or Kahlúa.

What You Will Need

Ingredients Quantity
Whole Milk 1 Litre
Cocoa Powder 4 Tablespoons
Light Brown Sugar 4 Teaspoons
Dairy Milk Chocolate 360g
Whipped Cream As Needed
Mini Marshmallows As Needed
Optional: Splash of Rum or Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur for those seeking an extra kick. 100ml

Method

1. In a pan, combine whole milk, cocoa, sugar, and Dairy Milk chocolate. Heat over medium until steaming and the chocolate is fully melted. Ensure a smooth consistency with a good whisk.

2. Pour into mugs, topping with whipped cream and mini marshmallows.

3. For adults wanting a twist, add a splash of rum or Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur. After all, it's the festive season!

Terry's Bliss: Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate 

The tantalising fusion of luxurious Terry's Chocolate Orange with creamy hot cocoa brings a citrus burst to every sip. Topped with whipped cream and more chocolate orange, this blend is pure joy in a mug. Enhance the experience with a dash of Cointreau for that extra zing.

What You Will Need

Ingredients Quantity
Whole Milk 1 Litre
Cocoa Powder 4 Tablespoons
Light Brown Sugar 4 Teaspoons
Terry's Chocolate Orange 314g
Whipped Cream As Needed
Optional: Cointreau Orange Liqueur for that citrusy zing. 100ml

Method

1. In a pan, mix whole milk, cocoa, sugar, and pieces of Terry's Chocolate Orange. Heat on medium until steamy with the chocolate completely melted. Whisk to perfection.

2. Serve in mugs adorned with whipped cream and extra chunks of Terry's Chocolate Orange.

3. For the adventurous, a dash of Cointreau Orange Liqueur is the way to go.

Minty Magic: Aero Mint Hot Chocolate

Experience the refreshing twist of mint in your festive drink with this unique blend. The pairing of Mint Aero with rich cocoa provides a cooling contrast to the warmth of the drink. Adorned with whipped cream and Mint Matchmakers, this concoction is a mint lover's dream. Elevate the minty experience with a hint of Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur.

What You Will Need

Ingredients Quantity
Whole Milk  1 Litre
Cocoa Powder 4 Tablespoons
Light Brown Sugar 4 Teaspoons
Mint Aero Chocolate 450g
Whipped Cream As Needed
Mint Matchmakers As Needed
Optional: Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur for a refreshing punch. 100ml

Method:

1. In a pan, blend whole milk, cocoa, sugar, and Mint Aero chocolate. Heat over medium until you see steam and all the chocolate, is melted. Whisk for a velvety touch.

2. Serve adorned with whipped cream and Mint Matchmakers.

3. For those wanting a minty spirit, a splash of Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur is highly recommended.

Tip - Prepare a batch before your shift and keep it toasty in a soup kettle. This ensures you can serve these delights instantly, making your customers' wait all the more pleasant.

Embracing the festive spirit in your business is more than just a seasonal strategy; it's a heartfelt gesture that resonates deeply with customers. Christmas, with its essence of warmth and generosity, offers an unparalleled opportunity to forge lasting bonds. By integrating the holiday charm, like our Festive Hot Chocolate, or presenting unexpected treats, we create more than just momentary joy. We craft lasting memories, making customers feel cherished and valued.

Such gestures transform fleeting interactions into enduring relationships. When patrons sense genuine care and appreciation, their loyalty grows exponentially. They don't just return; they advocate, turning into brand ambassadors. So this Christmas, let's serve with generosity, ensuring that every festive treat sows the seeds of loyalty and lasting connection.

Happy Holidays

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