Warm up your party this season with a DIY hot chocolate bar. This is a fun, decadent addition to any get-together, and kids and adults both will love warming up on a cold night with a mug of hot cocoa. Oh, who am I kidding? Everyone will feel like a kid again making their special mug of cocoa!
With a little planning you can create a fun space where people will gather to customize their hot cocoa. From Red Velvet Hot Cocoa to Salted Caramel, the possibilities are endless. You can even make a big batch in your slow cooker and then let guests add flavors and toppings, such as Bailey’s and Kahlua for adults or marshmallows and caramel syrup for kids.
Here are more ways you can create a unique experience with your own DIY hot chocolate bar!
Get your hot chocolate ready
Create a hot cocoa bar for guests to serve themselves throughout your party. Set out mugs, your hot cocoa mix, and all your toppings. You can buy packets of your favorite hot cocoa or make up a batch of your own with the four recipes below.
Place your cocoa mix in a jar with a scoop for people to help themselves, and print recipes out on cards for a fun takeaway.
1. Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa
Salted caramel lovers will feel very indulgent drinking this creamy and rich dark chocolate cocoa drizzled with your favorite caramel sauce.
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- Caramel sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- In a saucepan, combine and heat your chocolate, caramel sauce, sea salt, and half of the milk until the chocolate melts.
- Continue heating and whisk in the remaining milk until warmed through.
- Serve with a large dollop of whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel and marshmallows, if you like.
2. Red Velvet Hot Cocoa
Source: French Press
For all the red velvet lovers out there, this decadent hot cocoa will be a popular and pretty addition to your hot chocolate bar. Make a batch to sip with family and friends.
3. S’Mores Hot Cocoa
Source: Minimalist Baker
S’mores are always a winner. Assign someone to brûlée the tops of the marshmallows with a kitchen torch or place them under the broiler. Make sure you have graham crackers to crumble on top.
4. Crock Pot Hot Cocoa
Source: Wishes and Dishes
Talk about an easy recipe! This hot chocolate can be heated up right in your slow cooker. Serve it up in your Crock Pot to make sure it stays hot until the party ends.
Pick out your toppings
Place toppings in mason jars or mini bowls. You can also offer plastic bottles of sauces like hot fudge, caramel and white chocolate for putting on that final touch of flavor.
- Peppermint crunch
- White chocolate chips
- Chocolate chips
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Make a marshmallow garland
Source: Betty Crocker
Thread marshmallows on a string to create a fun garland for your hot chocolate bar. The kids can help you string and knot strands — and maybe even eat a few, too!
Freeze a tray of whipped cream dollops
Source: Today’s Creative Life
Add a fun finish by creating swirls of whipped cream and freezing them before the party. Bring them out just in time to top off everyone’s hot cocoa.