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Thanksgiving break has come to an end, and now we’re back into the swing of our daily routine and bracing ourselves for the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season! Once our Thanksgiving meal was good and digested, I climbed up into our attic and brought down all of our holiday decorations to celebrate the Christmas season. One of the very first places in our home to receive a bit of Christmas cheer was my beloved coffee bar. With the holiday season comes some of my absolute favorite coffee flavors, and I was thrilled to give my coffee bar a face lift with my new favorite kitchen gadget yet!
As a self-proclaimed coffee aficionado, I love learning and trying new techniques to achieve the ultimate brew. My latest obsession is a pour-over brew achieved by the Mr. Coffee® At-Home Pour Over from Walmart. The pour-over method brings out the true flavor of the coffee by using optimal coffee brewing temperatures and the right amount of coffee and water. Hot water is slowly poured through the grounds, bringing out the richest flavors and aroma. If you close your eyes, you might think you’ve stepped into a coffee house when you walk into my kitchen!
Coffee has a perfect way of bringing people together, and with guests coming over throughout the holiday season, I wanted to make sure my coffee bar was stocked with these easy-to-make and festive little coffee stirrers for guests to stir into their coffee. They’re a simple and sweet little way to add a smidge of fun to a cup of coffee, and they’re easy to personalize with your favorite sprinkles, chocolate chips, toffee pieces and more!
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Making these chocolate stirring spoons sparked an idea for me to make a large batch of them and wrap them up neatly to give as gifts to fellow coffee and hot chocolate lovers this holiday season. The Mr. Coffee® At-Home Pour Over is also a perfect gift idea to give to coffee fans this season, and you can find it by visiting the coffee maker aisle at your local Walmart! This system is part of a larger Mr. Coffee® brand revitalization featuring innovations that make coffee brewing at home more enjoyable. Only Mr. Coffee® keeps it simple to make truly great coffee, so you can get on with life and enjoy the world around you!
I’m a bells and whistles kind of girl, but I’m not a fan of those bells and whistles if it means adding complicated steps and hoops to jump through to get the results I’m looking for. That’s one of the biggest reasons I love this Mr. Coffee® At-Home Pour Over system. Mr. Coffee® is easy to use, uncomplicated and creates reliable results every time I use it. This system takes all of the guesswork out of making pour over coffee by including an on screen step by step guide that walks you through the entire process. An integrated auto-measure scale automatically calculates the right amount of coffee and water, and it also tells you how much to add for a consistently great tasting cup of coffee!
Here’s a quick how-to on how I make a perfect brew from home every time:
Step 1: Fill kettle with water to fill line. Place kettle on warmer and press kettle “on” button. When water is finished heating, the brew station will beep.
Step 2: Press the “scale on” button and place pot or coffee mug under the filter. Select your serving size and press “next.”
Step 3: Pour coffee grounds into the filter until the meter shown is full. Press “next.”
Step 4: Pour water from the kettle over the grounds in a circular motion until the meter is full again (this is the blooming stage.) The brewing station will then prompt you to add more water after a brief wait. Add water until the meter is full, or you’ve reached your desired amount of coffee.
The Mr. Coffee® At-Home Pour Over can brew 2, 4, or 6 cups of coffee at a time. The system includes an electric gooseneck kettle, dripper, carafe, integrated scale and timer, as well as instructions built into one seamless system. All commands are easy to read and understand, and the end result is a perfectly brewed cup of coffee to enjoy – especially with a chocolate dipped stirring spoon!
Making these chocolate stirring spoons only takes just a few minutes, and it’s a perfect project for little hands to get involved with, too! Simply melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and spoon the melted chocolate into the hollow of a spoon. I found some sturdy metallic spoons that I thought would be a fun and festive touch to add to a coffee cup this time of year. Wooden spoons also work great as they can stand up to hot temperatures. Whatever spoons you decide to use, make sure they can handle a higher temperature.
While the chocolate is still wet, add your favorite toppings to the spoons! I mixed things up a bit and made a variety of spoons with sprinkles, toffee pieces, crushed peppermint, marshmallows, extra chocolate chips and so on. I even made a few spoons using melted caramel with a sprinkle of sea salt! The possibilities are endless when it comes to the types of spoons you can make! Once the chocolate has dried, they’re ready for stirring!
While you’re out and about this holiday season, take a stroll down the coffee aisle at your local Walmart and keep your eyes peeled for the Mr. Coffee® At-Home Pour Over system. It would make a fantastic gift for any coffee fan, and bundling up a few of these fun chocolate dipped spoons to go with it would give it an extra special dose of cheer! #NewellHomeRefresh