This Christmas cosy up with a hot chocolate from your very own 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.
It seems we all love hot chocolate around Christmastime. By setting up your very own hot chocolate station at home you can create 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 (and what type of milk for that matter) as part of the making process of your hot chocolate. A hot chocolate bar is a wonderful way to make a something special for family and friends.
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. And it’s not just powder, some of the most delicious hot chocolate is made from real chocolate, or even syrups. There really are plenty of hot chocolate flavours to choose from.
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.
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.
When setting up your hot chocolate station, consider how many people are attending, that way you can check you have the number of hot chocolate mugs that are needed for your station. If you don’t have enough, people can either bring their own mug.
A sign – 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.
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 clothjust in case there are any spills. Lay the mugs out so that they are easily accessible.
Think about creating height with cake stands or upturned boxes, this makes it easier to reach some bits on the hot chocolate bar as well as looking aesthetically-pleasing.
Hot Chocolate Bar Tips and Tricks
Don’t forget the basics
Don’t forget the basic things to supple on your hot chocolate bar such as disposable wooden spoons and somewhere to discard the used ones (a small bowl will suffice) and plenty of napkins for your guests. And you want to keep it hygienic so offer small scoops in each of the toppings jars.
It’s always nice to consider alternative dietary needs. As hot chocolate tends to be quite dairy heavy, you could offer your guests alternative milks to add such as almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk.
You can have this hot chocolate bar ready and available whenever you want around Christmastime, as it can be something that helps get the guests into that Christmas spirit!
And of course, have fun!
Hot Chocolate Bar
Create your own hot chocolate station/bar in your home including all kinds of hot chocolate flavours, syrups, and toppings. Get really creative and make it pretty with seasonal decorations.