Hot Chocolate Bar | DIY

Hot Chocolate Bar DIY |

Last week I shared my favorite Christmas date nights you can have at home, and the hot chocolate bar idea was a huge hit! So I decided to share how I put mine together, with all the different toppings and ingredients you can use to make your hot chocolate bar better than the rest.
A hot chocolate bar is perfect for a date night at home or to go with a get together with friends. It’s super easy to throw together, and will be a hit, no matter how simple or involved you make it. I just used powered hot cocoa mix, but you can also make some homemade cocoa to make them even more decadent and special! I haven’t made my own hot chocolate before, but there are plenty of recipes online you can try if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. And if you do, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to give your recipe a try. 

Hot Chocolate Bar DIY |

Hot Chocolate Bar

Add Ins

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Think creamy and decadent! And, of course, delicious. 

Coffee creamer (like vanilla, caramel, peppermint and white chocolate)
Ice cream
Peanut butter (stir till it’s melted in)


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Get toppings that will go well with chocolate (please, please, please avoid gummies or sour candy, for the love of all things chocolate), and bonus points if they can melt into the drink. 

Whipped Cream
Mini marshmallows
Crushed Oreos
Crushed peppermints/candy canes
Mini chocolate chips
Peanut butter chips
Chopped up candy bars
Chopped nuts
Shredded coconut


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It’s time to mix in some flavor, and make your whipped cream look extra fancy. Go crazy and pretend you’re a Starbucks barista. You’ll feel cool, I promise. 

Peanut butter
Salted Caramel


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Peppermint stick/Candy cane
Rolled wafer cookies
Coffee stirrers
Pretzel sticks covered in chocolate

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And if making a DIY coffee bar isn’t your thing (or you just love Starbucks holiday drinks as much as I do), then you should head on over to my friend’s blog! She’s hosting a giveaway for a $25 gift card to Starbucks, and her post is all about how to save money this holiday season. It’s a great read, and hey… who wouldn’t love to win a free gift card?! 

Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
What is your favorite topping for hot chocolate?
Have you ever made a hot chocolate bar before?

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  1. Tine says:

    This is such a good idea! I’m intolerant to milk (and thus most chocolates) so it won’t be easy to make this but i’m going to try it with milk free chocolate bars or cocoa powder and soy milk!

  2. Jessica Bradshaw says:

    Cinnamon, whipped cream and chocolate chips, for the win!!!

  3. Chrissy Z. says:

    I love the idea of a hot chocolate bar! Everything looks wonderful and yummy!

  4. I love all of the extra whipped cream on top of your hot chocolate, it looks delicious!! We have a coffee/hot chocolate bar & it is my favorite place in our house! Too good to resist! :)

  5. Lisa W says:

    I really need to do this!! My daughter would be in heaven and so would I!! I love this idea. Hot chocolate is a winter staple. Great ideas for toppings!

  6. Chrissy Martin says:

    I seriously can not wait to make a hot chocolate bar for my party! such a great idea! (mine will have a dab of bourbon in it though!) ;)

  7. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. says:

    HOT CHOCOLATE BAR! I need to do this. This is a must. Adding to our Sister Bucket list!

  8. Sarah Jean says:

    I like to put peanut butter in mine! Oh my goodness…so good :)

  9. Nothing is better than a good cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. Love the bar set up!

  10. Leighann Hall says:

    I’ve never made a hot chocolate bar before, but it seems like a great idea! My favorite topping is good ole’ whipped cream!

  11. Rochelle says:

    We love hot cocoa in the winter. The more toppings and add-ins, the better!

  12. A Book Lover's Adventures says:

    What a fun and yummy idea! This would go perfectly with our cookie decorating day!

  13. Sara Giboney says:

    This is such a cute idea! I love it.

  14. Erin Nichols says:

    What an awesome idea. My daughter would think this was the coolest thing ever!

  15. JamieSplendry says:

    Oh yum, I need to try this for Christmas! This is such a great idea everyone would love!

  16. Katie Arnold says:

    I haven’t had hot cocoa in FOREVER. I’m so overdue, this all looks delicious! And what a fun thing for a party!

  17. Kimberly says:

    We did this at a party recently … such a huge hit! Love the idea of adding pretzel sticks covered in chocolate!

  18. Neely says:

    What a cute idea! I would love to do something like this sometime!

  19. Hi. This is the second time today that I have heard about a hot chocolate bar. This is clearly a sign that I need this in my life.

  20. Shannon Marie says:

    This amazing! Want!

  21. Ohbeehave says:

    I’ve never made one but I really want to!! I’m thinking maybe salted caramel or peppermint chocolate!?

  22. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons says:

    I love this! What a fabulous idea!

  23. I’ll be having several guests for winter, so this hot chocolate bar is perfect for company! Who doesn’t love hot chocolate on a cold, winter night!

  24. Jenny says:

    This is so fun! I actually just had hot chocolate tonight.

  25. Erica Nicole says:

    This is the cutest little set up! Definitely trying this at my next winter event!

  26. Jaime Nicole says:

    You have totally motivated me to create a hot chocolate bar! This is beautiful! ~nicole

  27. Such a great idea! All the toppings are amazing well!

  28. Yes!! It’s one of my favorite holiday treats.

  29. Thanks Cristina! I need to try making homemade hot chocolate someday. I’m sure it’s heavenly!

  30. laurenbtrain says:

    I have never done a hot chocolate bar before, but this looks like SO much fun! I’ll have to do a mini-kid friendly version for my littles!!

  31. Kristen says:

    I love this! So cute and festive!

  32. Suzanne says:

    This is such a cute idea! I love how you set everything up. Looks so yummy.

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