Hot Chocolate Bar with Labels

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Hot Chocolate Bar

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

Gorgeous Hot Chocolate Bar in blues, whites and browns. Includes free printable labels, step-by-step instructions and lots of pictures!

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.

Gorgeous Hot Chocolate Bar in blues, whites and browns. Includes free printable labels, step-by-step instructions and lots of pictures!

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.

Sheet of hot chocolate bar labels
Gorgeous Hot Chocolate Bar in blues, whites and browns. Includes free printable labels, step-by-step instructions and lots of pictures!

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.

peppermints in a mini food processor

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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.
  • Caramels
  • Whipped Cream
  • Hot Chocolate Mix – You can purchase packets or make your own. Here’s my Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe.
Hot chocolate bar labels

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.

Hot chocolate bar with mini mason jars

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

Gorgeous Hot Chocolate Bar in blues, whites and browns. Includes free printable labels, step-by-step instructions and lots of pictures!

Include a small picture frame with a special picture or seasonal print.

You can download this Warm Wishes printable HERE.

Gorgeous Hot Chocolate Bar in blues, whites and browns. Includes free printable labels, step-by-step instructions and lots of pictures!

I also included a tiny Christmas tree complete with mini lights, tiny bead garland, and a fluffy tree skirt.

a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and a peppermint stick

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.

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Gorgeous Hot Chocolate Bar in blues, whites and browns. Includes free printable labels, step-by-step instructions and lots of pictures!

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