Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hot Chocolate Bar

At Christmastime, I usually host a small game party for friends. We have a festive time playing Apples to Apples and Dutch Blitz, eat some goodies, and sit around and chat. 

This year, I decided to put together a hot chocolate bar.

 I searched Pinterest for inspiration and ideas. I found a crock pot hot chocolate recipe I wanted to try. It turned out really well and was enjoyed by all who tried it. 

I designed a sign on PicMonkey with all the menu items. It made it easy for guests to know what all the toppings were without having to explain it to each person. 

I found an idea on Pinterest for frozen whipped cream. They were a piece of cake to make... just pipe whipped cream onto a lined cookie sheet and pop in the freezer for a few hours. It created a more delicate look than a bowl of whipped cream would have. My guests were really impressed!

Candy canes are a must for a Christmas hot chocolate bar. It makes the spread look festive and peppermint is a great flavor to add to a cup of cocoa. 

I made chocolate spoons by dipping plastic spoons in melted chocolate chips and refrigerate until hardened. All the toppings can then be stirred at the same time as you add some more chocolate flavor to your hot chocolate. 

I found the most adorable Christmas tree marshmallows at Target at the beginning of December. They were inexpensive but really packed a punch. 

A shaker of cinnamon, a variety of extracts, and some espresso powder were available to add flavors to each guest's hot chocolate.

This hot chocolate bar really didn't take that long to put together. It was a big success and perfect for a winter party.


Debby Ray said...

What a great idea, Kati...everything looks just wonderful! You certainly made a darling presentation as well!

Joanne Mitchell said...

How fun for you and your friends! Hot chocolate on a cold evening is perfect!

Mrs.Rabe said...

I love this, Kati!

I am able to find the tiny micro marshmallows at a local Amish store, in bulk bags, and the little kids who visit and the ones who live here love it!

I think a hot chocolate bar make a simple thing more festive and fun!

I am going to try the frozen whipped cream!


Kathy said...

This is a fantastic idea! I think I'm going to have to steal it.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea!

Jenny the Pirate said...

This is awesome. I love the way you put your heart into everything. Happy new year.