How to Make a Beautiful Hot Cocoa Bar

Want a fun, but low effort treat for your next holiday gathering? Try a hot cocoa bar! A take on a charcuterie board, this hot cocoa bar features a platter of artfully placed mix-ins and toppings. It makes a great centerpiece to any holiday table.

Pick your favorite hot cocoa mix, add in a few of your favorite mix-ins and toppings, and style it all out to create a beautiful and fun treat. Let’s go over a few tips so that you can make your own unique hot cocoa bar.

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Start with a great hot cocoa mix

A great hot cocoa mix is the foundation of a super yummy hot cocoa bar!

Lehi Mills makes a delicious hot cocoa mix that tastes great in both water and milk. And it comes in the cutest little fabric Christmas bag.

Start with a classic milk chocolate flavor so that you can jazz up your cup of cocoa with all of your other mix-ins. If you want to bring a specialty flavor of hot cocoa, make sure that it’s clearly labeled. No one wants to end up putting caramel in their mint flavored hot cocoa!

Choose your Mix-ins

Your mix ins totally depend on your preferences. Choose your favorite combos and make sure you have variety. Some fun ideas include:

  • Toffee bits
  • Crushed peppermint candies
  • Andes mints
  • Chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Espresso powder
  • Nutella
  • Almond flavoring

Choose your Toppings

When choosing your toppings, think about what will taste good and also look beautiful on your board! Some fun ideas are flaky sea salt, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, ground cinnamon, or chocolate shavings! And don’t forget the classics: marshmallows and whipped cream! Make your own whipped cream to feel fancy! 🙂

Style it all!

Styling is so much fun. Get creative with it! Here we chose toffee bits and crushed peppermint as our fun flavor additions. We also chose different sizes of marshmallows to make the board look more fun.

Pro tip, add your toppings to bowls. That way you don’t have to see all the ugly labels on the packages. Put your liquid toppings in mason jars and add your spices and salt to little tiny bowls. Arrange all of your loose toppings in any way that you like. We know it will look great.

We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful hot cocoa bars! Be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram and Facebook @lehimills. Enjoy!


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