I really love little “vignettes.” They are fun to do and it gives me at least one pretty thing to look at while the rest of my house is a disaster! I like to use the sideboard in my dining room for a little treat bar. I change it out depending on the season, and right now I have a Hot Chocolate Bar. During Christmas, I fancy it up a bit with paper straws, but for our usual everyday use I don’t bother with that detail.
The part that makes it extra fun is having all of the flavored syrups. I get mine at World Market. You can purchase Torani syrups on-line, but they are much more expensive. They don’t go on sale very often at World Market, but when they do I buy several and use a coupon on top of that so it is not such an expensive purchase. At my World Market they retail for around $8.00 a bottle, but I was able to buy these for half that with sales + coupons. I highly recommend buying the pumps. World Market also has the best price for the syrup pumps (~$3) and they really help dispense the right amount. I like to buy sugar-free because I personally don’t like to waste calories on a drink. For the large bottles, I chose coconut, s’mores, and wild cherry. I was disappointed in the wild cherry; not because it didn’t taste good, it just made me think of cough syrup! I guess cough syrup has ruined cherry flavor for a lot of things!
This nifty three compartment jar is plastic so it won’t break easily. I got it at Wal-Mart in the wedding section. I have peppermints, mini marshmallows, and Mexican mazapan candies (they are a peanut butter candy). I figured that I have most every flavor combination covered between the syrups and candies!
There you have it! A simple thing to put together and the kids think it is really cool!
Let me know if there is a combination that you really love that I haven’t thought of!