5 Holiday Hot Cocoas, Reviewed: Maple, Peppermint, Gingerbread & Beyond!

So the other night, I was playing one of my online games with a friend and we were chatting about all kinds of random shit while we farmed an instance – you know, as you do. Somehow we started talking about holiday drinks, specifically hot chocolates, and I began telling her all about the (probably slightly abnormal amount of) hot cocoas that I’d bought from World Market. I believe my diatribe included the phrase “I just have a lot of feelings about hot cocoas” – which, you know what? Yes. Yes, I do. So now I’m going to write them down here and inflict them on all of you as well!

Seriously, though. I do have, as of this writing, about six different types of hot cocoas in my cupboard. I’m not even including the Salted Caramel stuff that isn’t actually mine but looks oh-so-tempting whenever I go to heat up some chocolate Cashew milk as a base for my nightly cocoa. I’m also not including all the various types of coffee mixes that I have that sometimes include mocha/chocolate (yeah, this is on top of my legit coffee stash) – sheesh, somewhere my dentist is cringing, right?

World Market Hot Cocoa Trio

Today I’m going to review five hot chocolates that I purchased during World Market’s holiday hot cocoa sale. Yes, they have sales just for hot chocolate. Yes, I am the precise audience that such promotions are meant to entice. What can I say – on cold days, there’s seriously little that I love more than a nice, warm mug of hot cocoa, topped with whipped cream and some sprinkles or spices.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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11 Super-Cute Coffee Mugs to Make Your Morning Java Look Totally Adorable!

When I woke up today, I knew immediately that it was going to be one of those mornings that required two (or three!) pots of coffee. As I was mixing in my creamer and adding a dollop of whipped cream, I had to stop to admire just how sweet my caffeine fix looked – the combination of my cute polka-dot-and-heart mug and the whipped cream is just so visually pleasing to me! I honestly believe that at least a part of the satisfaction borne from my morning coffee is due to how pretty I always make my drinks. Around holidays, I even go for thematically-appropriate sprinkles on the cream, like peppermint bits around Christmas or orange-and-white candy dots for Halloween. It’s a lot of fun and takes only a couple moments to give myself that little shot of fun in my mornings, but it just wouldn’t work without the adorable coffee mugs!

That leads me to this post – I decided to hit up some of my favorite sources for cute coffee mugs, pick out my favorites, and feature them here for you all to see. Maybe you’ll end up loving some of my curated cups here, or maybe you’ll think I have the WORST taste, we’ll see!

Feel free to comment with any other coffee cups that you think are too pretty to pass up, as this is obviously a case where I’m totally up for some window-shopping!

Paper & Clay Mugs

These handmade mugs are created by Paper & Clay Studio on Etsy, and something about their soft shape and dreamy pastel colors just makes me think of marshmallows! I think that these coffee mugs are the perfect mix of sweet and minimal – they definitely bring to mind some candy cuteness, but the clean design saves it from going overboard and veering into kitsch. I think they’re totally gorgeous!

Woodland Mugs

For people who are into a sort of cute/natural aesthetic, these Woodland Mugs from World Market are pretty adorable! Very spring-y, in my opinion. They’re stoneware with etchings on the outside made to look like tree trunks, and the insides have pops of bright color to make things interesting. And of course, the cherry on top is the cute little butterfly and bird figures perching on the handles. Cute, cute, cute!

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