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.

Mug of Hot Chocolate With Candy Toppings

Hot Chocolate With Toppings

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.

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

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Drink station with mugs, thermos, and bourbon

Hot Chocolate Bar

When nestled inside a green cypress garland, a wooden crate becomes a charming rustic display for white ceramic cocoa mugs.

Photo by: Wynn Myers

Wynn Myers

Toppings

  • butterscotch chips
  • semisweet chocolate chips
  • peppermint melts or candy canes
  • whipped cream
  • sprinkles
  • chocolate syrup
  • regular marshmallows
  • peppermint marshmallows
  • optional: peppermint schnapps or amaretto, for spiking
Drink station with hot chocolate toppings in vintage wooden box

Holiday Party Cocoa Bar

An antique toolbox houses the toppings for a make-your-own cocoa bar. And a simple strand of white lights is an easy way to make any modern room feel instantly festive.

Photo by: Wynn Myers

Wynn Myers

Instructions

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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