This Christmas cosy up with a hot chocolate from your very own DIY hot chocolate station. While watching a film, decorating your tree, or even playing some games, a hot steaming cup of hot chocolate is sure to help set that Christmas mood.
As hot chocolate is so in demand around Christmastime. By setting up your very own hot chocolate station is an easy and affordable way of making your own custom hot chocolate. Hot Chocolates are such a personal thing, everyone has different preferences over what toppings they want, the flavour of hot chocolate, even if you prefer water or milk as part of the making process of your hot chocolate.
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Hot Chocolate Flavours
There are loads of hot chocolate flavours to enjoy. You can obviously get the classic milk, white and dark chocolate powders. And now you can get white chocolate and raspberry hot chocolate powder, or peppermint hot chocolate powder. There are plenty of hot chocolate flavours to choose from.
Here are 11 hot chocolate flavours to inspire your tastebuds as to what flavour would tickle your fancy:
Peanut / Hazelnut
White Chocolate and Raspberry
You can find these flavours at most supermarkets. If not you can also make the flavours yourself, by adding syrups and spice powders. You just need the base hot chocolate powder you desire and you’re all set.
Hot Chocolate Toppings
When making your very own hot chocolate it is a personal thing. You may decide to have a certain topping or two for one cup of hot chocolate and then a completely different topping for your next one – if you already aren’t feeling too full!
Toppings can range from all things Christmassy like gingerbread men and candy canes to the all-time classic like chocolate flakes, marshmallows and whipped cream.
Here are some hot chocolate topping ideas to inspire you:
Cinnamon / Nutmeg powder
Coarse Sea Salt
Then for the Adults ONLY, you could add a shot of spirits like Bailey’s, Amaretto, Whisky, or Rum.
Setting Up Your Hot Chocolate Station
When setting up your hot chocolate station, consider how many people are attending, that way you can check you have the number of mugs that are needed for your station. If you don’t have enough, people can either bring their own mug or you can buy some affordable mugs from your local supermarket or homewares store.
Since you’re setting this up for your Christmas DIY Hot Chocolate Station, mugs would be readily available as they’re a popular Christmas gift and a novelty, as you can get mugs that have all things Christmas on them. Or you could use re-useable mugs or even paper cups (to-go cups) for you and your guests to put your hot drinks in.
You can either have a hot water dispenser plugged in at the station with a filter jug of water next to it so people can refill it when hot water is needed. Or you can simply pop your kettle on the table (or a second kettle if you have another) with a jug of water next to it so you can simply pop the kettle on whenever you and your guests are ready for a hot chocolate. We’ve even seen recipes for slow cooker hot chocolate which keeps the drink warm for all the guests.
You can arrange the flavoured hot chocolate powder packages into separate bowls with name cards to know what bowl has which flavour in it. Alongside this, you can have the different toppings you desire in separate bowls laid out with spoons and little tongs for people to use if they want a certain topping. Adding a sign to let people know what is available will make everything a lot easier for you and your guests when making your hot chocolate.
Hot Chocolate Bar Tips and Tricks
Since it is a hot drink, you do have to be cautious, that means telling little ones that the station is not for them to play around or use by themselves unless there is an adult present or someone capable to help them.
Utilise one of the tables in the living room or kitchen or whatever room you decide to set up this hot chocolate station. Cover the table with a festive table cloth just in case there are any spills. Lay the mugs out so that they are easily accessible.
Don’t put out all the hot chocolate packages in one go, ration them out at first, if they run out someone will let you know and you can fill it back up again. The same with the toppings, you don’t want them to be gone within the first couple cups of hot chocolate, so ration them out sensibly.
You can have this hot chocolate station ready and available whenever you want around Christmastime, as it can be something that helps get the guests into that Christmas spirit!