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How to create a hot chocolate bar

January 13, 2020 2 min read 1 Comment

Thursday, January 31 is National Hot Chocolate Day and since we’re just a few weeks away from that and about a month away from Valentine’s Day, I thought the timing was perfect to share my DIY hot chocolate bar.Before I set mine up, I wanted to figure out what food items would mix well with hot chocolate. In my mind, anything sweet does but I’m sure I thought that because…well…I love sweets. But after doing some research, I found a lot of items that surprisingly complemented hot chocolate nicely. You can pick salty foods like popcorn with salt, almonds or soft pretzels, minty items like pepper mints or candy canes and sweeter foods such as brownies or sweet fruit.

I wanted mine to feel like winter so I picked foods that are popular in the colder months, and foods that I actually love to eat. Here’s my final list:


  • Milk (you can also use water)
  • Marshmallows
  • Famous Amos Cookies
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Pirouette Wafers

I considered buying some cute new mugs and small dishes for this but I didn’t want to actually spend money. So, I dug around in the kitchen and got creative with dishes and glasses I already own. To store the milk, I used two carafes I bought from Target last summer–they’re only $6.99 each! Then I used a variety of glasses I had around the house for the toppings. Here are similar glasses at Target. You can also make your set up a little fancier by putting the toppings in stemless wine glasses. Finally, I topped everything off by putting the marshmallows and chocolate chip cookies in these glass jars.

Finally, I added decor I had around the house to dress up the cart including a cake stand I found last year at HomeGoods for less than $15 (see similar here or a more modern stand here), my Love Sculpture from Pier 1 and a bowl of scented pinecones I bought during the holidays. Here’s the full list of decorative and kitchen items I used:

Kitchen + Decor Items

  • Carafes
  • Mugs
  • Cookie Jars
  • Coasters
  • Dessert Display
  • Spoons for mixing
  • Drinking Glasses
  • Love Decor Sign
  • Decorative Gold Bowl
  • Candles

Whether you’re down to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day, look for a sweet and low-cost Valentine’s Day idea or just something fun to do inside with friends or fam, set up a hot chocolate bar at home and enjoy it with a movie or around the fireplace. I hope y’all enjoy!

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