Hot Chocolate Bar Tips and Ideas

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We are over half way done with our 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop and I’ve gotten so many ideas from reading the other posts. How about you? Today we are going to show you some hot chocolate bar tips and ideas. Hot chocolate is a must during the holidays and winter months. Be sure to go see all the fun ideas.

Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

 

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

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They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!

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Here’s my hot chocolate bar this year. 

hot chocolate bar

Some years I go all out and have hot chocolate brewing on the stove, ceramic cups, and more food, but this year I went a little more casual. There are certain things I always include and I think are important for a successful hot chocolate bar. The include:

  • A space set aside just for the bar that I can keep up through the season. That could include a space on a kitchen counter or a small table. This year I am using a dresser that is in my dining area.
  • I think it’s important to use a nice table cloth, runner, or place mat to warm up the space.
  • Treats! Sometimes your guests would like to dip a cookie in their chocolate or would rather grab a small sweet rather than a cup of hot chocolate.

Christmas treats

  • Variety! I try to be prepared for all diets and have cold bottled water and fruit (usually mandarin oranges) available. You could also include coffee and tea.

For the decorations I try to use things I already have. I have touches of red in my home so I found this easy to do. I found the red and white striped plates a couple of years ago at the dollar store and already had all the Christmas decor and cups. I pulled in the old lunch box and Thermos bottles to give it a touch of vintage whimsy.

I like to use different levels when I decorate the bar rather than lay everything flat on the table. You could use treat stands, books, and stools.

Hot Chocolate Bar

I really like using these types of paper cups that have lids. Some times it’s great to be able to take a cup with me on the go. Be sure to include spoons, stirrers, and straws in the bar, too.


Hot drink cups

hot chocolate musts

This year I decided to have packages of hot chocolate rather than make it from scratch. That way makes it easy. All I need to do is boil water. I’m all over easy.

Packs of hot chocolate and water

Toppings are what make having a Hot Chocolate Bar so much fun. Here is a list of what I like to use.

toppings for hot chocolate

Hot Chocolate Bar Toppings

 

  • marshmallows
  • spray whip cream
  • candy canes or crushed candy cane
  • chocolate syrup
  • sprinkles
  • mint chocolate pieces
  • peanut butter balls
  • mini M&M’s
  • toffee bits
  • chocolate chips

I find most of these in the baking section of the grocery store.

This is one of the favorite spots in our home during the holidays. My grand kids run straight to it every time they come over.

Hot Chocolate Bar

Do you have a hot chocolate topping your really like? I’m always looking for ideas.

Here’s a treat recipe that is a favorite.

Christmas candy


Be sure to visit our fellow 12 Days of Christmas Bloggers below for even more creative ideas this holiday season!

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop 2018. Intelligentdomestications.com

Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.

Comments

  1. Cute cocoa bar!! I love the vintage lunchbox and thermos!

  2. The bar is adorable! Mini m & m’s would be a hit at our house and of course the yummy treats to go with the cocoa.

  3. This is a wonderful chocolate bar, I love all the delicious choices and special treats you offer with it. Very tempting.

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