How To Make A Hot Cocoa Bar

November 30, 2018

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This time of year I start craving that quintessential winter drink -- hot cocoa. But not just any hot cocoa -- hot cocoa on steroids. I'm talking hot cocoa with marshmallows and peppermint and chocolate chips and caramel and whipped cream. Now that's hot cocoa. And what better way to appreciate the winter staple that is hot cocoa than by creating a place dedicated to just that? And it's nice to know you can do it with what you may already have on hand in addition to some inexpensive items from your favorite Dollar Tree and/or Target Dollar Spot. So welcome to my Christmas Hot Cocoa Bar Reveal.

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black kitchen hutch cocoa bar Target marshmallows Starbucks cocoa Wal-Mart cocoa mugs

What we lovingly refer to as our "black cabinet" is actually a large farmhouse hutch with drawers and shelves galore. What better place to set up a hot cocoa bar?

making spirits bright mug tis the season to be jolly mug fa la la la latte mug

My mug tree proudly holds some of my my favorite Christmas mugs including two enamelware Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas mugs. 

making spirits bright mug tis the season to be jolly mug dollar tree santa mug


And these two festive Christmas holiday script cocoa mugs are from Dollar Tree. The Santa mug is from there as well.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas enamelware mug

I'm so loving this farmhouse enamelware mug from Hobby Lobby.



I have happy memories of drinking hot chocolate after ice skating as a kid. We used to skate at a place called Green Pond that was the real deal. No indoor skating rink. Just a frozen pond waiting for some skaters to sign on and skate the day away. But you don't have to ice skate on a frozen pond to crave a hot cocoa this winter. 

Baby It's Cold Outside mug with attached spoon and Starbucks salted caramel powdered cocoa mix

This is a Wal-Mart hot cocoa mug. Between the cute saying and the fact that it comes with its own spoon makes it that much more darling. The Fa-La-La-La-Latte mug (all the way on the far right in photos) is from Wal-Mart as well.

ceramic mug red truck christmas tree

My final Wal-Mart mug is this rotund red-handled mug that has a station wagon and Christmas tree painted on it. It was too cute to pass up. Each Wal-Mart mug was less than $4.00. And obviously, the Dollar Store mugs were, well, one dollar.

Ghirardelli hot cocoa peppermint

Prepackaged hot cocoa gifts are great for hostesses and teachers. This one came with the infamous Ghirardelli peppermint bark chocolate!  

hot cocoa bar sign red plaid thermos

Using free printables is a great way to add seasonal flair to your decor. After much searching I found this awesome Hot Cocoa Bar printable at Bless'er House. If you sign up to receive their newsletter you can get the password to their printables library. I also love to incorporate all my plaid thermoses wherever I can.

red white striped holiday towels


I fell in love with these red and white striped towels from Target. They really add to the festive look of the cocoa bar but can also be used in the kitchen as dish towels or in the powder room as hand towels.


red box santa marshmallows Target Wondershop

And super fluffy Santa-shaped marshmallows from Target's Wondershop add just the right amount of warm gooey-ness.


gingerbread marshmallows

And speaking of marshmallows, who could resist these gingerbread shaped (and flavored) marshmallows from Big Lots? A huge bag cost only $1.25.

merry & bright double handled mug bowl

I placed them in my Merry & Bright large two-handled bowl.

chocolate chips for hot cocoa

Next to marshmallows, chocolate chips are the quintessential hot cocoa embellishment. And whipped cream is sitting at the ready in the fridge nearby.


red white striped candy cane wooden spoons

Colorful striped wooden disposable spoons are great for stirring and mixing in your sweet treats.



In addition to various powdered mixes I also threw in some hot cocoa Keurig cups (in purple box) to make it that much easier to create a custom hot drink. The Santa mug is holding candy cane- striped heavy cardboard straws. They're for one of my daughters who prefers to drink her hot drinks with straws (plus the straws are just plain cute).  




DIY Cocoa Bar Supplies Recap: 


1. Cocoa bars can be as simple or elaborate as you prefer. 

2. The Dollar Store carries a ton of inexpensive seasonal items you can use to create a festive look.  

3. You probably already have many items around your home and in your kitchen that would be perfect for your cocoa bar. And printables are a great inexpensive addition.

4. Some fun items for the cocoa bar include chocolate chips, caramels (or my favorite topping, Heath), marshmallows, marshmallows and more marshmallows, crushed peppermint, cinnamon, whipped cream and perhaps some sort of schnapps-type drink (in moderation, of course). Have fun with it, the sky's the limit.


25 cent candy cane making Christmas sweeter ornament

As for some of the other seasonal decor, the two large tin "ornaments" are from the Target Dollar Spot. I found the red one first.

North Pole Tree Company Christmas Trees $5 Target ornament

On another trip to a different Target I was able to snag the green one. I love their vintage-inspired look. Someone needs to keep me away from Target during the holidays -- I just can't get enough of their cute and affordable Christmas decor. How about you? 

Well, that's it until next time, friends! 
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How To Make A Hot Cocoa Bar.

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Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is so cute, Kathleen...I'm loving all of the fun mugs! Wish I could visit and have a cup of cocoa with you!

Junkchiccottage said...

Kathleen,
This is adorable. I love the Baby Its Cold Outside Mug with the spoon. I am going to Walmart today and hope I can find a few of those. I just did a Coffee and hot cocoa bar too. So much fun this time of year.
Have a great new week.
Hugs,
Kris

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