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Drinking hot chocolate together has been one of mine and Joe's favorite things to do since early on in our relationship. It can be a quick way to get some quality time in together at the end of a long day, when you have an afternoon off work together or after the kids have gone to bed. Whether you're stuck at home, have a couple of hours to spare or are looking for something fun to fill an entire afternoon, a hot chocolate tasting would make a really fun date night!
Hot Chocolate Tasting Date Night
At Home - Hot Chocolate Tasting
This date is perfect for after the kids are in bed or on a rainy/snowy afternoon when you'd rather not be out and about. If you don't have hot chocolate on hand, run to the store together to grab some and be sure to pick up a few different flavors. Some people add flavored syrups to a cup of regular hot chocolate, but we prefer to get our hot chocolate already flavored. This is our favorite brand! They have a wide variety of flavors but Hazelnut and Orange Creme are my personal favorites. Peanut Butter Cup played a huge role in the early stages of our relationship. I've become a hot chocolate snob in the last few years, ever since I was gifted a hot chocolate maker (we have this one), I can't just add some powder to hot water and stir it up, I have to mix it with the hot chocolate maker. If you've never tried one, do it, you can thank me later!
Out on the Town - Hot Chocolate Tour
If you're feeling a little adventurous, make a list of places that serve hot chocolate you want to try. Don't know where to start? Take it to Facebook and ask your friends and family where their favorite place to buy a cup of hot chocolate is. Spend the afternoon or evening sharing a cup at each location. If that feels like a lot of chocolate to consume in such a short span of time, break the list up throughout the season. Each week, find some time for a mini date, or go out and get a cup you can bring home and enjoy together before bedtime. At the end, decide for yourselves which cup of chocolate you prefer.
Group Date - Hot Chocolate Party
A fun addition to a group movie or game night would be a hot chocolate bar. I like to make batches of regular hot chocolate in my hot chocolate maker ahead of time, then pour them into a crockpot to keep it all warm and ready for when our friends arrive. Provide a variety of flavored syrups like these ones or mix-ins like cinnamon sticks, peanut butter, peppermint candy, orange zest, etc. You could also heat up a big pot of water on the stove and provide a variety of flavored hot chocolate mixes so each person can mix theirs to their own liking.
After all of your chocolate tasting is done, find a quiet place to cuddle up together and enjoy a nap. You'll probably need one after all of that warm, chocolaty goodness hits your system!
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