Add some fun and tasty drinks to your winter gathering by setting up your own hot chocolate bar! As someone who loves to entertain and throw parties, I am constantly looking for fun and interactive food ideas that can please all my guests. Plus, its inexpensive and easy to set up! I don’t know about you, but I am sold. A hot chocolate bar is the perfect thing to add to your next winter party, and I am here to explain just how easy it really is.
Let’s talk toppings. The possibilities with this one seriously are endless. If you want to go basic, whipped cream, chocolate chips, sprinkles, crushed peppermint, and marshmallows are your friend. If you choose to step away from the classic hot chocolate feel and be a little more risky, some great ideas include (but are definitely not limited too):
flavored syrups: chocolate, caramel, raspberry, etc.
any crushed candy: Reeses, Toffee, Snickers, etc.
whole candy canes
white chocolate shavings
ground cinnamon and/or cinnamon sticks
chocolate covered pretzel sticks
For the adult friends, a little booze will surely take your hot chocolate bar to the next level. We just used peppermint schnapps for ours, but you could also do Bailey's Irish Cream, Rum Chata, Khalua, spiced rum… the more options the better!
Once you've picked out your toppings and add-ins, the other items you need are cups or mugs, hot chocolate (store bought mix is quick and easy, and if you make it with milk instead of water it will taste like homemade!), and some decorations!
Have fun with the setup! As long as everything is accessible you can pretty much arrange it anyway you want. We used some cute bowls, jars, and containers to hold all the toppings put a cute tray with a towel under the hot chocolate spout to catch the drips. Chalkboards and candles are also a fun addition to decorate your table! If you really want to emphasize the whole winter thing, throw some fake snow down and call it good.
I told you it was easy! A hot chocolate bar is something that you honestly can’t mess up, and guests of any age will love making their own tasty drink.