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.

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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.

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  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.

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  14. This blog just made me crave hot chocolate so bad! The suggestion to include various types of chocolate for melting is genius. I’m definitely going to try a dark chocolate and mint combo for my next hot chocolate bar. From Cookie Packaging Pros Thanks for sharing these creative ideas!

  15. As someone who loves hosting cozy get-togethers during the winter, these hot chocolate bar tips are exactly what I needed. The DIY whipped cream idea is so simple yet adds a gourmet touch. I can already imagine the smiles on my friends’ faces as they customize their own sweet treats. Cheers to warm and delightful gatherings! Custom Packaging Services.

  16. This post is a marshmallow-lover’s dream! The suggestion to include flavored marshmallows is such a fun twist. I’m thinking of adding some toasted coconut marshmallows to my hot chocolate bar. Thanks for sparking my creativity and making my winter evenings even cozier. Custom Printing Services.

  17. Who knew there were so many ways to elevate a hot chocolate bar? The idea of incorporating different types of hot milk, like almond or coconut, is brilliant. It adds a whole new dimension to the drink. I’ll be experimenting with alternative milks and sharing the results with my fellow hot chocolate enthusiasts. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. The vanilla bean hot chocolate idea is a game-changer! I’ve always been a fan of the classic flavor, and using real vanilla beans takes it to a whole new level. Can’t wait to surprise my family with this upgraded version at our next gathering. Your blog always has the best tips!

  19. My sweet tooth is in overdrive after reading this post! The tip about having a variety of sweeteners and spices on hand is so smart. I’ll be setting up a hot chocolate bar at our family reunion, and I know everyone will appreciate the chance to personalize their drinks. Thanks for making family gatherings even sweeter!

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