Setting up a Hot Chocolate Bar is something my kids look forward to every winter. It’s a welcomed treat at the end of the day. As soon as they get home, they go into the kitchen and create a custom cup of warmth.
A few years ago my Christmas color scheme was light blue, white, gold, silver with light brown accents. I carried that same theme into our Hot Chocolate Bar.
How to Create Your Own Hot Chocolate Bar
Gather Your Containers and Decorations
Start by gathering containers that go along with your color scheme. I call this “shopping the house.” I selected glass and clear containers, white cups and dishes, a picture frame, and ribbon. Since I was using lots of shiny white and glass objects, I wanted to include something with some texture as well. I found a wooden crate meant for storing CDs that fit our mugs perfectly.
Print the Labels
Download the labels for all the mix-ins using the button below. You can print them on cardstock or on photo paper for a glossier finish.
Here’s a close-up of one of the the Hot Chocolate Bar Labels. They have a light blue background with textured gold dots of varying sizes. It’s festive enough for the holiday season but also great for all winter long.
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The Hot Chocolate Bar Mix-Ins
Here are some of my favorite hot chocolate mix-ins.
- Mini Marshmallows
- Chocolate Chips
- White Chocolate Chips
- Peppermint Sticks – I’m picky about peppermint sticks. I prefer the soft ones, and they can be difficult to find. These King Leo Peppermint Sticks are the best! You might consider getting a 2-pack of them because they tend to disappear fast.
- Peppermint Pieces – Get them already crushed or save a little money by purchasing inexpensive peppermints and chop them up in a mini food processor.
- Whipped Cream
- Hot Chocolate Mix – You can purchase packets or make your own. Here’s my Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe.
Now it’s time to put all the mix-ins into containers and label them. I printed my labels onto white cardstock, cut them with a paper trimmer, then used a tape runner to adhere them to 2.5 inch, wired burlap ribbon. I secured some of the ribbon all the way around the glass containers using a mini glue gun. This will hold the ribbon in place securely, but will also peel right off the containers at the end of the season. I didn’t want to melt the plastic containers, so I used the tape runner to adhere the ribbon on those.
Once everything is labeled, play around with the placement and arrangement of each one. This might take a little time, but it’s my favorite part!
Add a Few Final Touches
Include a small picture frame with a special picture or seasonal print.
I also included a tiny Christmas tree complete with mini lights, tiny bead garland, and a fluffy tree skirt.
The best thing about setting up your own Hot Chocolate Bar is that you get to enjoy the first cup!
Enjoy the hot chocolate and the hugs of appreciation from your kids.