Keep friends and family warm this winter with the best DIY hot chocolate bar ideas and tips for toppings.
Best DIY Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas and Tips for Toppings
Winter is the perfect time for hot chocolate, especially here in Wisconsin. And, what better way to warm up from those chilly days and nights than with your very own hot chocolate bar.
It’s easy to set up and takes minimal supplies. But that being said, you can go hog-wild or simple as you like. Just be sure that you are well supplied for your gathering.
Here’s a sneak-peak I share below on some amazing examples of hot chocolate bars.
But whatever you choose to do, you’ll first want to start out with a delicious homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe. This is essential because you and your guests will be looking for a rich and creamy drink that not only satisfies but also has that distinctive chocolatey taste.
And, to enhance the flavor of your hot cocoa, be sure to use the best chocolate you can find, whether it is shaved or scooped.
I prefer Dutch Cocoa simply because it has the perfect blend of smoothness and drinkability. Best of all, it melts well in hot liquids, like water or milk.
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Have I inspired you yet? I hope so. To create your own hot chocolate bar, you’ll need these essential supplies:
Supplies for Your Chocolate Bar
There’s nothing better than having a standout sign to draw attention to your drink station.
2. Fancy Stirrers
You’ll definitely need something to stir your hot cocoa with and fancy stirrers or spoons are always welcome.
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Depending on where you hold your hot chocolate bar (inside or out) will determine the possibilities of spills. But even more important is comfort and handling of hot liquids. That’s why I love these mason jar mugs. They’re perfect for outside (think back of minivan) or inside (by the fireside).
Be sure to keep a handful (or two) of extra straws on hand–just in case.
Highlight your favorite hot chocolate recipe ingredients with this vintage chalkboard.
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Keeping with the theme of mason jars, you’ll love the availability of keeping your flatware all in one place, especially if you’re planning on offering hot sandwiches, sides, or desserts.
You’ll definitely want a tablecloth that’s festive and easy to clean. I love the Nordic-inspired graphic print that you can use again and again all winter long.
8. Party Napkins
I’m all for keeping with the red and white theme, maybe that’s why I love these napkins. And, don’t think they’re just for winter parties. You can include them for the 4th of July, too! Now that’s being frugal minded for sure!
Striped Napkins | Red and White Polka Dot Napkins
A chocolate bar isn’t complete without marshmallows. Sure you can buy the air-puffed version, but why not splurge a bit and add a gourmet touch with these Lake Champlain marshmallows. And, don’t limit yourself to just the vanilla kind–go out on a limb and try these strawberry (pink and white) marshmallows. The kids (young and old) will love them.
Lake Champlain Gourmet Marshmallows | Pink and White Strawberry Marshmallows
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Source: Mom Foodie
10. Hot Chocolate Dispensers
You can’t forget about keeping your mixing drink (water or milk) hot, hot, hot. That’s why these thermos dispensers are so important. Easy to switch out and perfect for hostesses who want no fuss or muss.
Large Stainless Thermos | Lever Action Airpot
Other Chocolate Bar Supplies:
- Fancy Stirrers
- Chocolate Chips
- Colorful Jimmies
- Whipped Cream
- Caramel Syrup
Amazing Examples of Hot Chocolate Bars
Not sure how to put everything together for your next chocolate bar? I’ve got you covered with these nifty party setup ideas:
1. Rustic Hot Chocolate Bar
Source: Chelsea’s Messy Apron
2. Simple Setup Hot Chocolate Bar
3. Buffet-Style Hot Chocolate Bar
Source: Pen and Paper Flowers
4. Tartan Hot Cocoa Bar
Source: Lia Griffith
5. Hot Chocolate Station
Source: Your Home Based Mom
6. Layered Hot Chocolate Bar
Source: Making the World Cuter
7. Festive Holiday Chocolate Bar
Source: Hawthorn and Main
You’ll find more inspiring Hot Chocolate Bar ideas and tips on my Pinterest Board: Entertaining Ideas with Wisconsin Homemaker.