DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

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When there’s a chill in the air, what’s better than a warm drink…especially a warm drink shared with family and friends? Here’s how to create your own delicious DIY Hot Chocolate Bar with all kinds of stir-in treats. Whether it’s for a party or just a fun evening at home, I hope you enjoy these tasty ideas!

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To create these delicious stirring sticks, all you need are Pirouette cookies, melting chocolate, and crushed peppermint. Melt the chocolate according to the package directions, then spread it out on a piece of wax paper. Roll 3/4 of the cookie in the melted chocolate. Then, roll it in crushed peppermint.

Image contains chocolate dipped pirouette cookies rolled in peppermint, and hot cocoa bombs on a white plate.

Depending on your taste, you can experiment with different combinations; chocolate or vanilla cookies and dark, milk, or white chocolate. You can also try adding different toppings in place of the peppermint, like crushed cookies, nuts, sprinkles, or tiny marshmallows.

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What’s better than marshmallows in hot chocolate? Chocolate dipped marshmallows with a candy cane handle! Just grab some jumbo marshmallows and your favorite kind of melting chocolate. Dip the bottom third (or more) or the marshmallow in the melted chocolate, then add sprinkles or crushed peppermint. Finally, stick a miniature candy cane in the top. This little handle will allow you to stir the marshmallow around or to hang it from the side of the cup.

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There are so many ways to make this next treat, depending on your favorite ways to enjoy hot chocolate! Start with a pack of plastic spoons, then melt your favorite kind of chocolate or caramel. Scoop up a spoonful of the melted treat, then sprinkle some extra goodies on top.

Image contains plastic spoons dipped in caramel and chocolate, topped with sprinkles, marshmallows, salt, and peppermint.

We tried dark chocolate with sprinkles, chocolate with tiny marshmallows, chocolate with peppermint, and caramel with sea salt. What other toppings would you add? My favorite thing about these is the way they melt as you go, constantly adding flavor to your drink.

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This last treat is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. You’ll need pretzel sticks and marshmallows, along with some gel icing for details. Push three marshmallows onto a pretzel stick for the snowman’s body, then break a pretzel stick in half and use the two pieces as arms. Add a face and buttons, then your snowman is ready to sit on or in your cup!

Image contains chocolate dipped marshmallows with candy cane handles and snowmen made from marshmallows.

Of course, in addition to these treats, you can also sit out loose toppings, like little caramels, crushed peppermint, marshmallows, nuts, and more for guests to add to their cocoa. And don’t forget the whipped cream!

Image contains a hot chocolate bar display with a chalkboard sign and assorted treats.

You can serve the hot cocoa from a crockpot, give each guest an individual packet, or let everyone choose their own hot cocoa bombs. No matter how you do it, your DIY Hot Chocolate Bar is sure to be a fun and delicious experience! Which of these treats do you think you’d try first? Don’t forget to check out my other winter and holiday projects.

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