I'm sure I'm not the only youth minister out there who, while trying to not get too hung up on messiness, still cannot believe the capacity of youth to make a mess. I mean, when a 9th grader eats popcorn, I swear it multiplies in their hands and they intentionally drop half of it on the ground. My time in food and beverage has me trained to grab a broom at the first hint of a dirty floor, so I've really had to supress that instinct or my "relational ministry" looks more like "merry maids".
Beverages always pose a particular challenge, I learned that pouring vs. cans vs. juice boxes are all about the same, the only good strategy is very, very small cups so that the puddle you find under the couch two and a half weeks after the spill is, at least, only the size of a dixie cup. (moving furniture often is always a good idea. for lots of reasons, but especially the fact that pizza smells, eventually. better to find it before that point)> Anyways, hot chocolate is always a win but seems to be a huge challenge between portioning the powder, hot water and mixing. Enter the CL400BR-60-Ounce-Hot-Cocoa Maker for the win.
and no, I did not pay that much for it. found it at TJ Maxx this weekend.
The beauty of it is that it elminates about twenty of the hazardous steps-- you pour water and hot chocolate mix in, it mixes, heats and dispenses from a spigot. Not to mention that it can sense when it's getting cold and keeps the hot chocolate at a perfect temperature for hours yet not so hot that kiddos will burn themselves. Plus, there is no pouring involved which we know to be a win if you've got middle schoolers remotely near liquids.
Technology never ceases to amaze me.