festive hot cocoa bar

Festive Hot Cocoa Bar

There’s just something special about hot cocoa around the holidays. In fact, I can’t recall craving it any other time of the year, and now I can enjoy it anytime I want with my festive hot cocoa bar. I have also discovered my own signature hot cocoa – often requested by my girls – it’s hot cocoa with mini marshmallows and an Andes mint. It doesn’t take much to set up a festive hot cocoa bar and not only does it make it convenient for self-serving, but it can also serve as decor. If you have a coffee maker that quickly gives you hot water, you can easily add your cocoa supplies to your coffee bar! To set up your own festive hot cocoa bar check out these ideas.


festive hot cocoa bar
Quinn is decorating her hot cocoa cup~

festive hot cocoa bar
Everything is contained in this huge wooden tray.

Festive Hot Cocoa Bar – DIY candy cane stir sticks

The first step is to gather up your ingredients. Our family loves Nestle Rich Milk Chocolate, and you can make it with hot milk or water – either way it tastes delicious. We like mini and jumbo marshmallows, any marshmallow works for us, especially the mint ones! And it’s also fun to add a mini candy cane or a Christmas chocolate to make it even richer. This year, I wanted something homemade for our festive hot cocoa bar, so my oldest daughter made these candy cane stir sticks. We have three different flavors, mini chocolate chips, candy cane bits, and hot cocoa powder. They are so cute and somehow make the hot cocoa taste better too. Check out this Tik Tok video to see how Sawyer made them:


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festive hot cocoa bar

festive hot cocoa bar

festive hot cocoa bar

Festive Hot Cocoa Bar

As I mentioned earlier, we use our coffee maker to get hot water. It’s so easy that my first-grader can do it. Our machine has a setting for the exact amount of water needed to make a hot cup of cocoa (two scoops), all you need to do is add fresh water. Which ever way you get your hot water, you’ll definitely need something cute to put it in. Target has several festive mugs with adorable Christmas designs for only $5 each. Another option that we love are travel mugs that we can take on car rides to see Christmas lights or to get our tree. I love surprising the girls with hot cocoa when I pick them up from school after a long Monday. Gather up your mugs, some spoons or sticks for stirring and you’re set.


festive hot cocoa bar

Festive Hot Cocoa Bar

Once all your items are gathered up, you’ll want to search around the kitchen for a few things to display and store the items. I like to gather everything within a tray and then to keep my add-ins fresh, I like to use glass stackable canisters. A tiered tray is another way to display your items or even a mug tree. Grab some napkins and you’re set. To help you get started, consider my favorite festive hot cocoa bar items.

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festive hot cocoa bar


If you or anyone in your family enjoys hot cocoa, you’ll want to consider setting up a festive hot cocoa bar this season. Hot cocoa bars are so fun for parties and getting guests comfortable at your get-together. It’s also a fun way to add some festive decor to your kitchen/nook spaces. And when the temps drop and the Christmas movies play constantly, you’re going need that cup of cocoa~ I hope this post has encouraged and inspired you to set up your own festive hot cocoa bar.

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