When Hallmark dropped this news I knew it was time for this idea list for an easy breezy hot cocoa bar idea early!
Growing up, my mom’s idea of a hot cocoa bar was a 1/2 bag of marshmallows (leftover from the year before) on the kitchen counter. But she made up for the crunchy marshmallows with homemade hot cocoa. My mom was knee-deep in Erma Bombeck books so I bet she was plotting where to stash the Peppermint Schnapps for her mug of cocoa.
But I wanted to step it up for the holiday season. Creating a hot cocoa bar, with candy canes, chocolate-covered pretzels and pink marshmallows was unchartered territory for me. It was the motivation I needed to create a hot cocoa bar before the snow ramps up all along the Rockies.
I am not a huge hot chocolate girl, but my family loves hot chocolate after fresh snow and commutes home after a day of skiing.
Sidenote: Pay attention to the marshmallows in the hot cocoa in the Hallmark movies.
HOW TO CREATE A HOT COCOA BAR
My goal was to keep it casual and cute with an assortment of goodies. Here are some ideas to make your own hot cocoa bar. I was surprised at how much my adulting children loved the idea. A hot cocoa counter is fun for kids of all ages and stages.
STEPS TO CREATE A HOT COCOA BAR
There are no rules to any beverage bar. That’s what makes it fun. I adapted my cocoa bar to fit my counter space.
I began with my tiered tray from my favorite online store. With a bag of unopened marshmallows, I layered the top tier with marshmallows.
I love a tiered tray because it contains the ingredients and mugs/takeaway cups. A tiered tray is like a condo development; it is all about the vertical space on a counter! #realtorlife
Keeping with my Colorado casual hot cocoa bar I opted for the Nestle premade hot cocoa packets. I had big plans to make Martha’s hot cocoa, but I caved in Aisle 9 when I tossed two boxes into my cart.
I found the bulk of my hot cocoa bar goodies at Sprouts and Trader Joe’s.
For the second tier, I added candy cane sticks, yogurt pretzels and chocolate-dipped marshmallows. My kids and husband will love this twist on marshmallows.
And, finally, I switched out my Christmas ceramic mugs for these takeaway cups. I found them at Costco in the paper goods section.
And, with the holidays filled with errands, baking and parties, the family will appreciate the grab & go hot cocoa (and skip the $5.65 in the drive-thru window). If you want to add a beverage cart check out these beautiful bar carts for year-round entertaining!
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