If you’re hosting a Holiday party this year, you know that it can be a whole lot of work. From making the perfect playlist to decorating your space and planning a festive tablescape, your Holiday party to-do list can get long real quick. But there is one thing that’s guaranteed to be a hit for your guests of all ages with very minimal effort: a hot cocoa bar! Not only is it packed with Holiday spirit and pretty to look at, it’s incredibly easy to set up and can be customized to whatever your favorite cocoa toppings may be.
My ideal hot cocoa bar has candy cane bits, brownie chunks, Belgian Boy Stroopwafels, mini marshmallows, and Oh Snow Cute sprinkles for garnishing each cup to perfection. I love how Wintery these sprinkles are. The mix is made of icy blues, little white snowflakes, vibrant Christmas reds, and shiny silver metallics - perfect for topping a cup of hot cocoa in Wintertime! The larger spherical sprinkles are made of chocolate, so they’re great for adding a little crunch and sweetness.
The idea with a hot cocoa bar is that your guests have everything they could need for their ideal cup of cocoa, so brainstorm a list of toppings you would want to provide and make sure you have a jar for each ingredient. I whipped up a little video to show you my ideal cup of hot cocoa, so be sure to give it a watch for inspiration:
Here’s how to replicate my hot cocoa bar setup and favorite recipe for a loaded cup of cocoa:
You Will Need
6 medium sized Mason jars
Brownies cut into ½ inch squares
Candy Cane bits
Belgian Boy Stroopwafels, quartered
2 8oz bottles of Oh Snow Cute sprinkles
Canned Whipped Cream
Melted white chocolate in a piping bag (optional)
Instant hot cocoa mix
Cups and mugs for your guests
Setting Up Your Hot Cocoa Bar
Before you set up your hot cocoa bar, you’ll need to figure out the number of toppings you’ll want. For each topping, you’ll need one medium sized mason jar or other type of container to store it in. I chose mason jars because they’re easy to find and I love being able to see the toppings through the clear glass.
I divided my mason jars full of toppings into two rows and slightly elevated the back row with a couple pieces of white wood I had leftover from a house project. Then, I decorated around the jars with sprigs of holly and pine. So festive and pretty!
Before your guests arrive, you’ll want to make sure that you have hot water or milk readily available, or you can pre-mix the hot cocoa and keep it in a thermos at the hot cocoa bar. That way, your guests will be able to quickly pour a cup of cocoa and add all the toppings they want without having to worry about measuring and mixing.
My Ideal Hot Cocoa Recipe
To inspire you with topping and decorating ideas, here’s how I chose to create my loaded cup of cocoa:
Create a White Chocolate Peppermint Rim
First, I melted some white chocolate and waited for it to cool to about 80 degrees before piping it onto the rim of my cup with a piping bag.
I waited about five minutes for the chocolate to set slightly and then dipped it into some peppermint bits.
You can use any type of chocolate you want for this part and can also create the peppermint rim on all of the guest mugs ahead of time if you’re into the look! The white chocolate peppermint adds such a fun texture and flavor to the whole cocoa experience.
Add the Hot Cocoa
Next, I added a few tablespoons of instant hot cocoa to the mug, poured boiling hot milk over the top, and stirred it all together.
Like I mentioned before, if you have a lot of guests it might be worth pre-mixing the hot cocoa and keeping it in a thermos for easy access.
After adding the hot cocoa, the fun of getting creative with toppings can begin! I added a layer of mini marshmallows and swirled some whipped cream on top.
Then, I stuck some brownie bits into the whipped cream and added a generous amount of Oh Snow Cute Sprinkles.
Finally, top the cocoa creation with a piece of Belgian Boy Stroopwafel. Boom. Best cocoa ever!
Your hot cocoa bar can be as customized as you want. In addition to the above ingredients I also suggest caramel sauce, whole candy canes, bite sized cookies, flavored syrups, cinnamon, mini chocolate chips, and any SprinklePop sprinkle mix that you’re drawn to!
Happy Holiday season and Sweet Wishes,
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