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Hot Chocolate Bar Topping Ideas for Your Holiday Party

Hot chocolate is the quintessential winter drink, so naturally we thought it would be fun to spice it up this holiday season. Check out our ideas for creating a magical and fun hot cocoa station at your next holiday gathering.

We’ve put together tips for creating your own Hot Chocolate Bar at your next holiday party, complete with a variety of toppings and mix-ins. So invite some friends over, bust out your favorite hot cocoa mix, and become a real-life Pinterest board.

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Tip: We suggest storing the cocoa powder and the toppings in POP Containers(Opens in a new window) for a pretty, organized setup.

Caffeine Kick

Keep a carafe of cold brew concentrate on hand for those who want to add a kick of caffeine to their mugs. If a guest wants it heated up, reheat it on the stove or in the microwave for a few seconds.

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Spike It

Turn the party up a notch for the adults by providing liquor for grown-up hot chocolate... A few different liquors work well here: Coffee-flavored liqueur, Irish Cream (or try making it yourself(Opens in a new window)!), Peppermint Schnapps and Whiskey are all a great place to start. 

Homemade Marshmallows

Marshmallows and hot chocolate are pretty standard, but what about upping the game and making them yourself? Here’s our recipe for making your own marshmallows(Opens in a new window) for the occasion.

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Candy Pieces

Crush a few peppermints and heath bars so your guests can add a pop of color and flavor to their drinks.

Chocolate Spoons

Dip spoons into melted chocolate, place on a tray and let the chocolate harden in the fridge. After an hour, dip the spoons into the chocolate again because who doesn’t love more chocolate? Once completely hardened, they’re ready to go and will make any hot cocoa even more chocolatey and delicious.

Hot Chocolate Art

Love the latte art your favorite barista makes? Use this clever hack to make your own hot chocolate art. Use one of our Cookie Press Disks(Opens in a new window) as stencils and hold it above your cup. Use a dusting wand or spoon to lightly sprinkle cocoa powder over the disk and you’ll have yourself a snowflake.  

Plus, get our favorite holiday cocktail recipes and outdoor winter party ideas.


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