While a hot chocolate bar is the perfect addition leading up to Christmas, I didn’t set one up until after the holiday. I love the red and white candies and mints, but I wanted to achieve a more cozy, winter setup to last until spring. Below, I will take you through the different ingredients and accessories that are versatile enough for the entire season.
- Snifter glass with picks and miniature spoons- you can use the picks for marshmallows or other accompaniments in your mug; the miniature spoons are perfect for cinnamon and other spices.
2. & 3. Creamer/Sugar Bowl with drink stirs: Before serving, these can be filled will flavors/cream/whipped cream. My serving pieces are from my fine china collection, Waterford Bassano.
4. Beverage napkins
5. Miniature jars to hold flavors and spices- I picked up these small jars from Michaels for about $1 a piece. The possibilities are endless with accompaniments and flavors to keep in these small jars.
6. Small paper candy/snack cups
7. Glass filled with straws and a long whipped cream spoon- I love the look of patterned, colorful paper straws in a hot cocoa bar, but to keep mine a little more dressed up and less “Christmas”, I used stainless steel straws.
8. Marshmallows- while whipped cream may not be suitable to leave out unless you are hosting, you can load up on the marshmallows! I suggest miniature marshmallows, but in using what we already had, the jumbo variety worked just fine. Like many things, they are displayed well in a clear jar, such as this pictured apothecary jar.
9. Marshmallow scoop- I love small scoops and spoons and enjoy any opportunity to use them.
Also at Michaels on clearance was this little dish which I couldn’t pass up for $2. I wasn’t sure where it would end up (in my closet?) but found it the perfect rest for my scoop.
10. Candies- I used caramel and chocolate candies I already had on hand and kept the scheme to monochromatic gold foils. The little “dishes” are actually a salt and pepper set from Restoration Hardware. The small spoons are used in (1) for the various spices and flavors. You can find the porcelain salt and pepper set HERE.
11. Mugs- These are the same copper mugs I used in my Copper Tablescape post- if you missed it, you can see them used HERE.
A hot chocolate bar is easy to accomplish. Once you have your tray/table/serving area selected, start pulling out small jars, glasses, and accessories from your kitchen.
Because I like to keep my kitchen counters clear, I opted to set my station up in the dining room; kind of like a beverage cart or after dinner coffee bar. The dining room connects to the kitchen so I leave the hot cocoa hidden away in the cupboard. Depending on your setup and how you make your hot chocolate, you can leave yours separate also, or incorporate it into your station. There are no rules, but try using different shapes and sizes. Use clear glass jars instead of the original packaging. I would love to hear about your hot chocolate/coffee bar necessities!
- 3-tier tray: Hobby Lobby (while this tray isn’t available online, I love this copper 3-tiered tray HERE or a set of these stacked cake stands HERE).
- Gold Tray Table