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Hot Cocoa Bar Ideas
On Christmas Eve we always host a big family dinner with my siblings, parents, and some of our closest family friends. We always serve up a spread of food, desserts and drinks. We usually leave the Keurig on with a bowl of KCups and if we remember, we’ll stick some hot chocolate packets on the counter as well.
Then, a couple of years ago, I decided that we just HAD to set up a HOT COCOA BAR. Okay, okay, in reality I had an abundance of candy canes and marshmallows that needed to be used up. But the whole thing turned out so cute – everyone got a kick out of it. You might remember our DIY S’mores Bar from this summer… it seems I have a thing for make-your-own-treat-stations.
We set up our Hamilton Beach Brew Station (just filled with water) and lots of different toppings and let guests make their own creations.
The possibilities are nearly endless when it comes to toppings, but we offered:
- mini marshmallows
- crushed candy canes
- chocolate covered peppermint sticks
- whipped cream
- MARSHMALLOW SNOWMEN
The marshmallow snowmen were easily the hit of the party. They were so easy to make. Simply take a wooden kabob skewer and spear three regular sized marshmallows. Use edible cake markers to draw features on the marshmallows (eyes, mouth, carrot nose, buttons). Take a small pretzel stick, break it in two, and stick in each side of the middle marshmallow for arms. Wrap a piece of Fruit-by-the-Foot (we cut ours in half lengthwise to make them thinner) around the top and middle pieces for a scarf. Place a Hershey Kiss on top for his hat!
I was so proud of these little guys! Then my awesome husband had some fun of his own – totally mocking my cute snowmen. Okay, okay, it was funny.
Have fun with these hot cocoa bar ideas and see how creative you can be!
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