Gingerbread Hot Cocoa (Naturally Sweetened) + A Printable Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt
If this Gingerbread Hot Cocoa + A Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will!
My family has quite a few Christmas traditions, from baking and decorating cut-out sugar cookies and Christmas morning brunch to our annual trip to see a Christmas show. All are quite special, but my favorite is loading up in the car with our cups full of hot cocoa (and coffee for me), plenty of homemade chex mix, our favorite Christmas cookies and dressed appropriately in our festive holiday PJs to scout out Christmas lights around town.
We have such a blast every year checking off items from out printable Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt (get yours below!). And the gingerbread hot cocoa makes it all the more special! Moments like these are what the holidays are all about. Our holiday traditions are what makes me so excited about this time of year. If you don’t currently have a Christmas tradition with your family, you should SERIOUSLY consider a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt. My kids get SO excited about it! Below is a picture of my son on one of our outings from a couple of years back. Yes, he’s now driving us on our little adventure!
Scroll all of the way down to the bottom of this page for a convenient printout copy of your very own Christmas light scavenger hunt. I print one list for each child, so they can both mark off as we go. And because there is so much to see, we have one rule- you may only check off one item per house. I hope your family has as much fun with this as mine does!
This homemade gingerbread hot cocoa is wonderful for chilly mornings or frosty afternoons! Even if you don’t get a chance to use the Christmas light scavenger hunt, don’t miss out on the deliciousness of my family’s favorite hot cocoa. It’s:
warm and cozy
Enjoy your cocoa on-the-go and keep it extra steamy in a holiday to-go cup for the most awesome Christmas light viewing experience. And be sure to snap a photo of your family’s Christmas light scavenger hunt adventure and tag #kimscravings on Instagram! I can’t wait to see the holiday fun you’re having!!
- 1 ¼ cups milk*
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 1 packet stevia or other sweetener (optional)
- whipped cream and/or marshmallows (for serving)
- Pour milk into a glass microwave safe measuring cup or large mug.
- Add all other ingredients and heat for about 1 minute in microwave at high power. Stir and continue heating in 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until desired temperature. Top with fresh whipped cream and/or marshmallows and serve.
*Use dairy-free milk for vegan. I like using unsweetened vanilla almond or cashew milk.
What is your favorite holiday tradition? Have you ever tried whipping up homemade hot cocoa?
Download here and then simply print! Have fun!