Create Your Own Hot Cocoa Bar

Christmas, Holidays | December 21, 2014 | By

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Inject a little extra holiday fun into your day by creating a simple DIY hot chocolate bar. This is perfect for kids (or adults) at a holiday party or even just to make your kids’ days a little sweeter while they’re home from school. We set up ours in the TV room so we could enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while watching our favorite Christmas movie.


Here are a few tips for pulling together your own hot cocoa bar:

  • Pick up a Holiday Cocoa Trio from your local Dream Dinners store or make our Zebra Cocoa mix from the recipe below for an easy way to add variety.
  • Gather a few topping like marshmallows and crushed peppermint. I added candy canes and peanut butter M&M’s to be stirred in or eaten by themselves.
  • Use simple jars to corral your toppings. Set out mugs and spoons for each person.
  • Include a few holiday decorations to add to the festive feel. These bottle brush trees are cheap and look cute clustered on the table.
  • Heat water in a tea kettle and add to the bar with a hot pad or use a slow cooker to keep hot water easily accessible away from the kitchen.

Zebra Cocoa Mix
To make one serving of our Zebra Cocoa Mix, combine the following ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend with a whisk:
1/3 cup dry nonfat milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp white chocolate
Dash of kosher salt

Add the mix to 8 oz of hot water and stir until dissolved.

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