Hot cocoa during the holiday season is like Christmas in a cup! Whether you’re planning to host out-of-town visitors or invite close friends over for a casual night of Christmas movies, or even if you just want to surprise your family with a special sweet treat while you-all decorate your home for the holidays, you should set up a hot chocolate bar for some flavorful fun.
Pick a convenient location in your home for the hot chocolate bar, then set up a large table. Cover the table with a festive tablecloth. Place toppings in bowls, in clear glass canisters, or in tiered plated servers. Hang a string or two of Christmas lights above the hot chocolate bar. If you do not have a lot of Christmas mugs, you can buy holiday-themed disposable cups with lids. Make sure you have plenty of spoons or scoopers for the toppings, as well as enough spoons and stirrers for the hot chocolate.
For toppings, you’ll definitely want to have classics on hand, like marshmallows and whipped cream. If you’re feeling adventurous, you should make these Easy Peppermint Marshmallows from Betty Crocker. Kids love them! Other tasty hot chocolate toppings include crushed peppermint sticks, sprinkles, toffee bits, cinnamon, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, or any other fun topping you can think of. And biscotti and cookies are always great to have on hand for pairing with hot chocolate. Try this Holiday Biscotti recipe from the Food Network. For adults, you might want to have Kahlua or Bailey’s on hand for adding to hot chocolate, as well as a pot of coffee.
When it comes to hot chocolate, the sky’s the limit! Once you have your hot chocolate prepared put it in a hot beverage dispenser and place it in an easy-to-reach location on the table. Here are some Hot Chocolate Recipes from Martha Stewart. There’s a flavor for everyone!