Set Up a Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar

During the winter offer guests an alternate sundae station by creating a hot chocolate bar. Set out toppings like whipped cream, chocolate chips and peppermints so they can create the ultimate holiday treat.
Hot Chocolate With Toppings

Hot Chocolate With Toppings

Photo by: Wynn Myers

Wynn Myers

During the winter, offer guests an alternate sundae station by creating a hot chocolate bar. Set out toppings like whipped cream, chocolate chips and peppermints, so they can create the ultimate holiday treat.


Yield: 4 servings


4 cups whole milk
8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot Chocolate Bar

Photo by: Wynn Myers

Wynn Myers


butterscotch chips
semisweet chocolate chips
peppermint melts or candy canes
whipped cream
chocolate syrup
regular marshmallows
peppermint marshmallows
optional: peppermint schnapps or amaretto, for spiking

Holiday Party Cocoa Bar

Holiday Party Cocoa Bar

Photo by: Wynn Myers

Wynn Myers


1. Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat until barely simmering.

2. Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate.

3. Whisk mixture until chocolate is melted, then add vanilla and whisk to combine.

4. Transfer to an insulated thermos or carafe and place on hot chocolate bar with 4 mugs.

5. Transfer all topping ingredients to individual serving bowls, and place next to hot cocoa on bar.

6. If desired, place bottles of peppermint schnapps or amaretto on bar.

7. Invite guests to build their ultimate hot chocolate treat using their favorite ingredients.

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