20 Photos to Inspire you to Travel to Greece

20 Photos to Inspire you to Travel to Greece

Ah, to travel to Greece is like hitting the Park Place of a monopoly board – it’s THE spot!

Traveling to Greece was one of the first times I had ever traveled outside of the United States. It was beautiful, dreamy, and unlike anything I had ever seen before.

One of the many things I love about traveling to Greece is the country has so many different destinations to choose from. Whether you fancy the bustling city life of Athens, the party island of Mykonos, or discovering a pirate fort on an island – Greece truly has it all.

20 Photos to Inspire you to Travel to Greece

In no particular order, here are 20 photos to Inspire you to Travel to Greece (including some places you have never heard of!)

Gramvousa, Crete

There is something so beautiful about an abandoned ship sitting in the most pristine water you’ll ever see. If you are staying in Chania, I highly recommend booking a day tour to Gramvousa & Balos (often paired together).

The shipwreck of “DIMITRIOS P” resides in Gramvousa bay alongside a couple of other abandoned boats.

Did I mention there are also ancient pirate forts? Literally one of the coolest places in Greece!

Who said Pirates didn’t go to church?

Santorini

Odds are if you’ve done the slightest research in traveling to Greece, that Santorini comes up at the top! Santorini is the most popular island in Greece.

Santorini is stunning and totally worth exploring. However, it can be very touristy and expensive in comparison to some of the other Greek islands that are just as beautiful.

Elafonisi Lagoon, Crete

“The Pink Beach” as they call this crystal blue lagoon in Crete.

There is a type of reaction that the water has between the sand and the shells, thus causing the sand a blush pink color

TIP – the sand isn’t always pink, it truly just depends on the day. I drove hours to see this beach and it wasn’t pink at all at first, which was obviously disappointing. However, after about an hour of being there, we got lucky and it changed to super pink in the late afternoon.

Pink sand aside, the beach is beautiful and very clean. It’s totally worth a short drive, but I wouldn’t plan your entire trip around it! Read more about Elafonisi and when to visit, here.

Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes

The Acropolis of Lindos Medieval Castle is one of my favorite historical sights I’ve ever explored. Honestly, Lindos itself feels like a step back in time. Rhodes is one of my favorite Greek islands, and it’s completely underrated.

Heraklion, Crete

Heraklion is the capitol of Crete and one of the largest cities in Greece. It’s nice to walk around and explore for a day, especially if you are into exploring some historical sights.

Mykonos

When I think of Mykonos I’m instantly reminded of water-front restaurants, colorful buildings, and bumpin’ nightclubs.

Mykonos is definitely known as one of the party islands of Greece. However, it’s enjoyable for any type of traveler.. just take look at how stunning it is.

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Malia, Crete

Malia is a coastal town in Crete that is known for two things – the stunning beaches and nightlife.

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Chania, Crete

If you are planning a big trip to Crete, Chania is a fantastic place to base yourself. There’s quite a bit to do in the city and there are loads of day tours to many places like Gramvousa, Balos, and even Santorini.

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The Parthenon, Athens

The Parthenon is a fantastic historic sight to see when visiting the country’s capitol.

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I hope these 20 Photos Inspire you to Travel to Greece.. and maybe even inspire you to travel to a destination in Greece that you would have never thought of going to!

Let me know in the comments which destination in Greece you would love to travel to.

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How to Travel the World on a Budget (or free) in 2021

To travel on a budget or even for free in 2021 seems like an impossible task, doesn’t it?

However, it can be done! And frankly, it’s my most favorite way to travel.

I know that 2020 was filled with little to no travel opportunities due to the horrible global pandemic. BUT 2021 is looking hopeful, and you better be ready to hop on that plane (I know I am!)

I remember when I first began traveling and I would google things like this. My google searches would come up with articles on how to be an Au Pair, Teaching Abroad, or even Working on a Yacht.

Or sometimes more unachievable occupations, like becoming a travel influencer. Easier said than done!

While all of these options are true – you get to work and travel the world for free, many of them require thousands of dollars in schooling start-up costs or training. Additionally, I didn’t want to invest all this time and money just for the opportunity to travel.

I needed a quick and easy way to travel months at a time for very, very cheaply.

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Honestly, I debated on writing this because I feel like what I’m about to share with you is somewhat of a top-secret you learn from backpacking.

Even after I did extensive research before I left for my first backpacking trip, I never came across these resources on the internet.

I only began to learn how to travel for free, after I had already been traveling for quite some time.

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Let’s Talk Money

Depending on your location and duration you are looking to travel, you will likely need some money.

Even if you don’t technically need much, it’s always important to have money stashed away for travel emergencies.

I can’t tell you how much money you need to get you by. That just really depends on who you are, where you are going, and what kind of experiences you are looking to have.

How to Travel the World on a Budget or Even for Free in 2021

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This guide is essentially broken down into 2 sections, flying and lodging – which are largely the most expensive parts of traveling.

My top two favorite resources for traveling on a tight budget are Scott’s Cheap Flights and Workaway.

These two resources are fantastic options if you want to travel, but don’t want to spend a lot of money. I can guarantee if you implement one or both of these resources into your travels, you will save thousands of dollars.

What is Scott’s Cheap Flights? (SCF)

Scott’s Cheap Flights is the top industry standard cheap flight subscription service.

Let me tell you, I am not a fan of subscription services generally. I pay for my Spotify premium and SCF and that’s about it. So, I definitely understand if you may be hesitant. Luckily, when you sign up for SCF premium subscription, you get a 14-day free trial and are welcome to back out if you feel like it’s not for you.

How SCF works

There are two options for signing up with Scott’s Cheap Flights; the free or the premium subscription. I have done both, and really only found the premium subscription to be beneficial, as that’s when I started really booking discounted flights.

With whatever subscription you choose, you will customize your chosen airports that are closest to where you live. These can include domestic or international airports.

After you sign up, you will receive highly discounted flights sent straight to your email. I often book flights from St.Louis, Missouri, USA to London for around $350 Round trip. These round trip prices typically give you a two-week time span for your trip, however, they can be modified.

Booking the cheap flights

When you get your flight notification, it will look a little something like this –

In the flight notification email, there will be detailed instructions on how to book your flight.

The only tricky thing about SCF is the flight deals are often very temporary, only lasting for a couple of days, and in some rare cases – only a few hours.

This means you must be ready financially and physically to book your flight FAST. The great part is, the flights are often months or even a year down the road. So it’s not like you have to jump on your flight to Spain tomorrow, you have plenty of time to prepare for your dream vacay.

Why are the flight deals so temporary?

SCF’s cheap flight system is designed to catch errors in the airline systems, immediately. This is something called error or “mistake fares” meaning there is either a system or human error mix up with the costs of the flights. Scott’s catch those flight errors, send them to you immediately, and you book them.

The airlines fix these errors after a day or two, which is why you must act quickly.

How to sign up for Scott’s Cheap Flights

You can start your free trial by clicking below.

Workaway

Workaway is one of my most favorite ways to explore the world. I’ve watched fireworks in front of the Budapest Parliament building, climbed the world’s largest wooden staircase, and I’ve hiked the mountains of Norway – all while traveling through Workaway.

Workaway is an online platform that allows members to arrange homestays and cultural exchanges. It does cost a small fee to be a member, but it’s completely worth it, especially if you are backpacking.

Essentially, you work somewhere abroad for a few hours a day in exchange for free accommodation. In some cases, food is included as well.

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me with my Workaway buddies in Norway

The Pros of Workaway

As I said, Workaway is my favorite way to travel. The experiences you have are simply more enriching when you are living with locals abroad. Also, you bond with other Workawayers who come from all over the world.

Pros: Immersive cultural experiences, free accommodation, free food (sometimes), opportunity to build lifelong friendships.

The Cons of Workaway

Like anything, there can and will be some obvious cons to participating in a Workaway program.

I think you can avoid a lot of these cons by reading reviews and choosing your location carefully.

My two Workaway experiences were both very different. One was on a remote island in Norway and one was in the city center of Budapest. My experience in Norway was like a dream – I lived in a beautiful hotel on a fjord with lots of other Workawayers. While the stunning location of this Workaway was one of my favorite parts, it was very isolating.

Think about what kind of person and traveler you are, and what kind of experience you are seeking.

Another tricky thing about Workaway is, it really only works if you are traveling for an extensive period of time. Not always, but most of the time Workaway hosts are looking for a minimum 2 week – 1 month stay but would ideally keep you for even longer if your schedule allows.

Cons: Working while on holiday, locked in one place for a long period of time.

Overall, Workaway is totally worth it in my opinion.

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Couchsurfing

If you are well versed in the travel world, you probably have heard of couchsurfing.

Couchsurfing is a website and app that allows travelers all over the world to crash at someone’s house for free. It works similar to services like Airbnb and Workaway – where travelers and hosts have a review system to keep everyone accountable and safe.

I personally have never used Couchsurfing, but I’ve met lots of travelers who are big fans. Couchsurfing is ideal for backpackers who don’t particularly like planning in advance and are just traveling around on a whim.

Pros: Free accommodation with no strings attached, short term stays, meeting locals.

Cons: Short term stays, last minute arrangements.

How to Travel on a Budget (or free) in 2021 – Ebook Guide

If you’ve made it this far, congrats! I know this is a super in-depth guide, but I wanted to give travelers a detailed look on how to actually travel for free that wasn’t a bullcrap answer like “start a blog” or “be an influencer!”

If you’d like a visual list and even more detailed guide, subscribe below to get my free Ebook set straight to your inbox.

And that’s all I have for you! I hope you found at least one of these resources or tips helpful to kickstart your budget friendly traveling adventure. Please comment below if you have any questions.

Also, if you have used any of these resources before, I’d love to know in the comments how they worked out for you.

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Easy Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

These Easy Christmas Sugar Cookies are simple and delicious to enjoy for the holidays. My grandma has been making these cookies since I was a child, and they are always a delight.

Recently, I went digging around in my grandma’s recipe box in search of this delicious cookie recipe. I discovered that the recipe is written on the back of a crumbled up programming for a Christmas church play, which made me laugh. I guess that’s when you really know you’ve found Grandma’s recipe!

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Christmas Sugar Cookies – What You’ll Need

Ingredients for the cookies

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 5 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of cream of tartar
  • Sugar
  • Sprinkles

Ingredients for the icing

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar

Baking tools

  • Christmas cookie cutouts (optional)
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheets
  • Rolling pin

Recipe Yields 4 Dozen

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Step One

In a large mixing bowl, cream the 1 cup of butter and 2 cups of sugar together until you get a light and fluffy consistency.

Step Two

Next, add the 2 eggs, 1 cup of vegetable oil, 1 dash of salt, and 1 tsp of vanilla.

Step Three

Gradually add 5 cups of flour and mix well in between cups. Then, add the 2 tsp of baking soda and 2 tsp of cream of tarter. Mix well for about 1-2 minutes.

Step Four

When everything is combined and well mixed, begin spooning out portions of the dough and roll into small balls.

Next, pour a good amount of sugar into a medium-large sized bowl. Then, roll the balls of dough into the sugar and set on parchment paper.

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Step Five

Once all of the balls of dough are rolled in sugar, begin flattening them out. A rolling pin will work best, but you can of course use your hand if needed. Ideally, the dough should be fairly flat (they will puff up in the oven!)

If you are using Christmas cookie cutters, start cutting out your dough into shapes. Make sure your cookie cutters are all roughly the same sizes – otherwise your cookies will bake inconsistently.

Once all of your cookies are flattened and shaped, lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Step Six

Preheat your over to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) and bake 8-10 minutes. Be sure to not let the cookies brown!

Step Seven

While the cookies completely cool, you can start making the icing. The cookies need to cool for at least an hour.

In a large bowl, combine the 3 egg whites and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Mix until frothy. Gradually, add the 4 cups of powdered sugar and mix on low. Once all the sugar is added, mix on high for about 30 seconds until the icing is glossy.

Step Eight

Once the cookies have completely cooled off, begin icing and decorating them.

Personally, I choose to not use food coloring when decorating my cookies. It’s time-consuming and makes a huge mess! Alternatively, I love to dress my cookies up with different sprinkles.

Eat & Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these simple and delicious Christmas cookies. They go perfect with a cup of hot cocoa and of course, a classic Christmas movie!

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Looking for more recipes this holiday season?

Check out one of my favorite holiday snacks, Christmas cheese ball.

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The Best Cheese Ball Recipe

The Best Cheese Ball Recipe

Every year when the holidays are in full swing, I dig through my mom’s recipe box in search of my favorite cheese ball recipe.

I’ve been eating this creamy and crumbly cheese ball for as long as I can remember. It’s funny how certain foods are associated with memories. For some, it may be your grandma’s classic cookies or your mom’s pot roast – but for me, it’s this cheese ball recipe.

The great thing about cheese balls are not only can you eat them, but you can also give them away as a gift to your friends and family.

This is a very simple recipe with minimal ingredients and perfect for gatherings of any kind.

*Before you read any further, I’ll tell you right now this recipe does contain nuts.

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The Best Cheese Ball Recipe – Ingredients

As I said, the ingredients for the best cheese ball is fairly minimal. Also, it is a very simple recipe and takes about 15 minutes to make if you’ve already softened the cream cheese.

This recipe makes 3 small cheese balls or 2 large. However, you can make a double up without any recipe adjustments if you need to make several at one time. They keep very well in the freezer!

Here is a printable list to make your trip to the grocery store a little easier.

Step One

In a large mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese until its soft and creamy.

Then, combine all the other ingredients except for the chopped pecans. Mix for 1-2 minutes.

Step Two

Once everything but the chopped pecans is well mixed, begin to portion the mixture out into sizeable balls. I like to set them on parchment paper, but anything will work!

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Step Three

Put the pecans in a closed bag (if they aren’t already) and crush up the pecans to the texture of your liking. You can crush them by using a meat tenderizer, or by throwing the bag on the counter a few times.

You’ll be rolling your cheese balls into this pecan mixture, so if you like more of a finely chopped grain-like texture, then you’ll want to make sure they are crushed really well ( a meat tenderizer or anything heavy would work). My sister and I like more of a thicker nutty flavor, so we don’t crush them up very much.

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Step Four

Roll the cheese ball around in the chopped pecans until the ball is completely covered.

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Step Five

Wrap the cheese balls tightly in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. The cheese balls stay well in the fridge for about a week, otherwise I would freeze them.

Eat & Enjoy

I hope you love this recipe for the best cheese ball as much as I do!

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The Ultimate Springfield, Missouri Holiday Gift Guide

The Ultimate Springfield, Missouri Holiday Gift Guide

Now more than ever, shopping local is vital to the success of our local economy.

I’ve lived in the Springfield area for nearly twenty years. I grew up in Ozark, attended college at MSU, and have always been very active in the community.

Believe me, I’ve lived in the 417 so long that I’ve literally gone to every coffee shop in search for The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri.

Between my passion for my hometown and supporting local businesses, it only made sense to compile “The Ultimate Springfield Holiday Gift Guide.”

The Ultimate Springfield, Missouri Holiday Gift Guide

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*I want to add that these are just suggestions based on my experiences and interests.

There are so many fantastic local businesses in the 417 and I truly wish I could add all of them to this guide!

Is there a local business that isn’t on this list that you love? Please drop it in the comments below!

For the Foodie

Maybe I’m biased, but the 417 is filled with some of the most amazing local restaurants. How are we so lucky!? A gift card to any of these restaurants will make the perfect present for a true foodie!

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Photo by Natalie LaTurno – Jimm’s Steakhouse & Pub

Jimm’s Steakhouse & Pub

Your favorite classic steakhouse! Jimm’s is famous for their juicy steaks, slow-roasted prime rib, salad bar, and wine selection. Pro tip: they run a holiday gift card special every year.

– Civil Kitchen

Located in the heart of downtown, Civil Kitchen offers a modern spin on your favorite classics. Known for it’s made from scratch menu, burgers, fried chicken, beer selection, and unique dishes.

– Bambino’s Cafe

Bambino’s is a fantastic Italian eatery that specializes in pasta, panini’s, and homemade desserts.

For the Wino

Shopping for someone who loves wine? These Springfield businesses have extensive selections and will assist you in buying the perfect bottle.

Cherry Picker Package X Fare

Cherry Picker is a coffee bar, lunch counter, neighborhood bar & package store. They have a wide variety of wines and their employees are always helpful in picking the perfect bottle. They even have a wine club you can join (if you’re cool enough!)

– Cellar + Plate

A chef based restaurant and communal wine house. Along with complimentary wine tastings, Cellar + Plate offers a variety of wines sold by the glass or bottle. Women-Owned.

– Bear Creek Winery

Bear Creek Winery is located slightly outside of Springfield in Walnut Shade, MO near Branson. They are a family-owned winery and small-batch brewery with fantastic selections.

For the Women

Boutique clothes and accessories or a relaxing spa day makes the perfect gift for your lady.

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Photo courtesy of Clothe Boutique

Clothe Boutique

Clothe Boutique offers a variety of clothing, shoes, accessories, and home décor that is carefully curated and selected. Women-Owned.

Five Pound Apparel

Five Pound Apparel sells products that benefit people all over the world, handmade with love, and that you can’t find anywhere else.

– Grove Spa

Grove Spa offers massages, facials, nail services, and so much more.

For the Guys

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Photo Courtesy of Mother’s Brewing

– Just For Him

A Springfield gift shop just for the dudes. Just For Him offers selections of cigars, tobacco pipes, men’s accessories, soaps & scents, and more.

– Mother’s Brewing

Surprise your special someone with a six pack from Mother’s Brewing, Springfield’s largest microbrewery.

– Dapper

Dapper is the swankiest barbershop downtown. They offer signature haircuts featuring essential oil-infused towels and cold cucumber eye peels.

For the College Hipsters

Springfield just wouldn’t be the same without all the hipster college students jazzing the town up with their vibes. Here are some local gift ideas that your hipster will love.

Photo by Annie Theby

The Coffee Ethic

Located right in the heart of downtown, The Coffee Ethic is an award-winning coffee shop featuring tasty hot drinks, beer, wine, and pastries.

– Stick It In Your Ear

Stick It In Your Ear is the go-to place in Springfield for vinyl, posters, and rad t-shirts.

– The Moxie

Consider buying a gift card to The Moxie, a non-profit arthouse movie theater. Or if your hipster is really the ultimate movie lover, you can even gift them a membership to the coolest cinema in Springfield.

For the Earthly

Shopping for someone who loves plants, tea, or just has that earthly vibe to them? Here are some spectacular gift ideas.

Photo courtesy of Chabom Teas & Spices

Chabom Teas & Spices

Located on historic Commercial Street, Chabom Teas and Spices has a wide variety of tea, herbs, and spices.

The Bonsai Guy

Chris Cox A.K.A “The Bonsai Guy” will set you up with a special bonsai, gift certificate, or even Asian home décor. Veteran-Owned.

– Wheeler Gardens

Wheeler Gardens is a family-owned business that has everything you need for your plant lovers: shrubs, flowers, garden décor, and so much more!

For the Active

Buying a membership to any of these local gyms & studios is a perfect present for someone who loves fitness, or hopes to adopt a more active lifestyle.

– The Studio by Jamie Kinkeade

The Studio by Jamie Kinkeade is the sexiest, most encouraging, and fun workout studio anyone could join. A wide variety of classes are taught from yoga, dancing, high and low intensity, and low impact. In-person and online classes are available. Women-Owned.

– Pure Hot Yoga

Pure Hot Yoga is an infrared heated yoga studio that strives to build a strong community along with bodies and minds. Women-Owned

– Zenith Climbing Center

Equipped with climbing walls for a variety of skill levels, training area, yoga studio, and gear shop. No prior experience is needed at Zenith and beginners are welcome!

Unique Gifts

A gift you won’t find anywhere else.

Photo courtesy of Culture Flock

– Culture Flock

Culture Flock is a super cool boutique that specializes in colorful and inclusive apparel, goods, and accessories for friends of every shape, size, color, gender, and orientation. Women + LGBTQ owned.

– Harrison House Market

Harrison House offers a wide selection of vintage & seasonal finds, home goods, women’s apparel, and jewelry.

– Springfield Pottery

 A fine craft gallery and community clay center. Springfield Pottery offers beautiful handmade pottery for purchase, pottery classes, and gift certificates.

Springfield, Missouri is filled with the most incredible local businesses. This holiday season, show your support to these small business owners.

Do you have a favorite locally-owned business in Springfield, Missouri that isn’t on this list? Drop it in the comments below and give a short description of what they sell!

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The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

Hot cocoa / hot chocolate often seems like the stepchild of coffee. Frequently forgotten about, cast away to the bottom of the menu in small print.

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Who goes to a coffee shop and orders hot cocoa? Small children, my mother, – and that’s it.

Because going to a coffee shop and ordering coffee makes the most sense… But what if I told you that some of the best hot cocoa I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting, resides right here in the 417?

Honestly, I never even knew I liked hot cocoa and I don’t even think about it until the holidays roll around. I typically drink black coffee, maybe with a tiny bit of cream if I’m feeling really fancy. Hot cocoa just always seemed too sweet to me, probably because I ordered it at places like Mc. Donalds or iHop. Rookie mistake I tell you!

Local Springfield cocoa is different though. I can confidently say after completing this Springfield MO hot cocoa extravaganza, my tastebuds changed forever.

I’ve scoured high and low searching for the very best hot cocoa in the 417. All the way from Ozark to Commercial Street, and everywhere in between.

hot cocoa Springfield

The Average Cost of Hot Cocoa in Springfield

Expect to pay approximately $4 depending on where you go and what size you order. For me, it was an average of four dollars, and most of the time I ordered a medium-sized drink.

In no particular order, here is where you can find the best hot cocoa in Springfield, Missouri.

Coffee Ethic

The Coffee Ethic is located right in the heart of downtown at 124 Park Central Square, Springfield, MO 65806.

I frequently camp out at Coffee Ethic with my homework or a good book. It’s a wonderful quiet little spot to get work done or chat with friends. Not to mention, their drinks and pastries are delicious!

hot cocoa Springfield
photo credit: Coffee Ethic

Their hot cocoa was absolutely life-changing!

What I loved most was the thick and creamy texture. While the cocoa of course had a chocolate flavor, it was not overpowering and was the perfect amount of richness.

European Café

European Café is also located in the heart of downtown at 207 Park Central E, Springfield, MO 65806.

This is one of the most stunning coffee/pastry shops in Springfield. It has a light and airy feel, which is different in comparison to most coffee shops that have more of a darker setting. It’s the perfect place to brighten your day when it’s gloomy outside.

Their hot cocoa was so good, I had to talk myself out of getting another cup! However, I could not refrain from getting a delicious vanilla bean macaron. The perfect snack to pair with their creamy hot cocoa.

Everything at European Café is as beautiful as it is delicious. Just look at some of their adorable holiday boxes full of goodies.

The Workshop at Finley Farms

The Workshop at Finley Farms is located at 840 Finley Farms Lane, Ozark, MO 65721. It’s by the old mill, one of the most historic parts of Ozark.

hot cocoa Springfield
Photo Credit: Finley Farms

The Workshop is such a dreamy place to enjoy literally the best hot cocoa I’ve ever had in my life.

I couldn’t believe how tasty it was, I actually did order a second cup! Don’t make my mistake by ordering the small – you’ll definitely want the largest size they offer, I promise.

MudLounge

Mudlounge is located downtown at 321 E Walnut St, Springfield, MO 65806.

Offering seating both indoors and outdoors on their heated patio, MudLounge is the perfect cozy bar to enjoy a cocktail or spiked hot cocoa. Mudhouse is a coffee shop owned by the same owners, and offers a great traditional non-alcoholic hot cocoa.

hot cocoa Springfield
photo credit: MudLounge

I ordered the Mexican Hot Chocolate which consists of Kahlua, Godiva Chocolate, Rum Chata, and Steamed Milk. I would definitely recommend!

We also ordered the “Skrewed Up Hot Chocolate,” which was also delicious – but the Mexican Hot Chocolate was our favorite.

hot cocoa Springfield

Eurasia Coffee Co.

Eurasia Coffee Co. is located at 445 E Commercial St, Springfield, MO 65803

The dreamy décor makes Eurasia such a peaceful spot to enjoy a nice cup of cocoa.

hot cocoa Springfield
photo credit: Eurasia Coffee Co

This scrumptious cocoa is more of a mild flavor. So if you don’t like a rich chocolate taste and are looking for a more creamy milky flavor, this is the perfect cocoa for you.

Their cocoa is actually sourced from another Springfield Commercial Street business, Askinosie Chocolate.

hot cocoa Springfield

Dunkin’ Donuts

The Dunkin’ Donuts in Springfield is located at 4020 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65807.

Dunkin’ is not a small business, but they do have a drive-thru which makes it a quick and easy option to snag a cup of hot cocoa if you’re on the run.

The cocoa was very, VERY sweet. Truthfully, I didn’t think it even compared to any of the local cocoa served at the coffee shops. However if you love a super sweet hot drink, Dunkin’s cocoa may be the drink for you!

This holiday season, I would recommend venturing to your favorite Springfield coffee shop and treat yourself to a cup of gourmet hot cocoa!

If you don’t feel like getting out of the house for a cup of hot cocoa, here are my Hot Cocoa Essentials that you can use at home!

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