Hi Everyone! Today I'm going to share with you my easy hot chocolate bar setup that I recently did for my friend's winter themed baby shower. Now that those dreaded winter months are upon us, a hot cocoa bar is the perfect addition to any event you may be throwing! Read on to see all of my hot chocolate bar ideas- you can make it as simple or as extravagant as you'd like!
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The sky is the limit when it comes to what can go on hot cocoa. I chose to keep mine relatively simple because I wanted people to actually eat what I put out, but here are some ideas for hot cocoa and toppings!
- hot cocoa- multiple flavors! I personally like at least a dark chocolate and milk chocolate option, but there are also spicy chocolate flavors, peppermint chocolate, caramel chocolate, etc
- hot water or hot milk- using milk will make it much creamier
- marshmallows (different shapes are fun)! I picked up these snowmen and snowflake ones at Sur La Table
- candy canes (crushed or whole)
- stir sticks- I dipped mine in white chocolate and crushed up candy canes
- gingerbread cookie mug huggers- check out our tutorial here! Sugar cookies would also be cute in a different season!
- whipped cream
- edible sprinkles in the colors of your choice
Supplies for the hot cocoa bar
Here is a list of supplies ideas for the hot chocolate bar- again, this can be simplified if needed!
- hot water dispenser
- stovetop kettle- this is what I used since I had access to my stovetop!
- canisters or bowls for the hot cocoa and whipped cream
- serving platters or trays for the marshmallows, candy canes, stir sticks and cookies
- serving utensils- I used these super cute mini shovels from Hobby Lobby for the hot cocoa!
- stir sticks
This hot chocolate bar will work for any season! Since the shower I threw was a winter theme (and before Christmas) I incorporated Christmas decor into the hot cocoa bar. But here is a list of ideas to choose from for whatever season you are planning for:
- mini Christmas trees (flocked ones are super cute!)
- white, silver, or gold Christmas decorative objects like snowflakes, trees, neutral ornaments, etc
- fresh garland/greenery
- themed mugs- I had a few santa mugs on our display
- hot cocoa bar menu with a list of toppings and choices
- white serving trays/bowls and mugs- I chose to do this to go with our winter theme!
- burlap runner
- fall colored leaves
- mini pumpkins
- mini hay bale
- fairy lights
That is really all there is to a hot cocoa bar! I had such a fun time putting mine together and I hope that you do too! Please let me know about yours in the comments below!
Easy Hot Chocolate Bar
- hot liquid dispenser or stove top kettle
- Serving Trays
- Serving Bowls
- Serving utensils
- Stir Sticks
- Hot Cocoa at least two different flavors (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel chocolate, peppermint chocolate, spicy chocolate, etc)
- Marshmallows different shapes, colors, sizes!
- Whipped Cream
- Sprinkles in any desired color
- hot water or hot milk milk will make the hot cocoa creamier
- candy canes whole or crushed
- white chocolate covered stir sticks bonus: coat them in crushed candy canes!
- mug huggers gingerbread cookies or sugar cookies!
- place all of the ingredients in their respective serving trays/bowls
- heat milk or water in the kettle and (optional) transfer it to the hot liquid dispenser
- fill each mug with hot water/milk, and add desired toppings