Easy DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

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Who loves Hot Chocolate?  We all do – here are a few Quick and Simple Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas to inspire your own DIY Hot Chocolate Bar!

Simple ideas and tips to make your own DIY Hot Chocolate Bar.

Hot to Set up an Indoor Hot Chocolate Bar

We’ve got a big crew heading our way for the Thanksgiving holiday this year.  

Lots of Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins are coming to spend a few days with us.  While the moms are in the kitchen working on the meal, we’ll be leaving it up to the dads to keep the kids entertained – outside.

With so many kids running around, they definitely need to be out of the house and kitchen.  Playing outside with Dad is the best way to run off some of their energy.  Since it looks like the Thanksgiving weekend is going to be a bit chilly, I’ll be setting up a little DIY Hot Chocolate Bar to keep the little ones warm and happy!  (I have two slow cookers, so I’ll probably include a pot of my Knock Off Starbucks’s Spiced Apple Cider too.) 

Hot Chocolate Bars are perfect for Holiday Get-togethers

The hot chocolate bar was so easy to put together!

I’ve made a couple of different slow cooker hot chocolate recipes before, but I’ve found the homemade ones don’t last as long in the slow cooker and require frequent stirring. I now just mix up the Swiss Miss instant mix (from the bulk container) and keep it warm in the slow cooker.  I included an assortment of yummy little toppings from the grocery store and used a permanent marker to make everything pretty!

To dress up the white mugs I used an aqua permanent marker!  

I love how they turned out and I’ve already asked my hubby to stop back by the craft store on his way home to grab several more, so all the kids will be able to decorate their own mugs and then take them home.

DIY Hot Chocolate bar

The Secret to Creating the perfect Labels with  Marker

Since I actually have the worst handwriting ever, I wanted to share my little secret for the decorative script I used on the topping labels.

Find a decorative font you like, (this is the one I used.)  Download it to your computer, open either a photo editing program or Microsoft Word and type out what you want on the label.  

Print the words in a very, very light grey, trace them with the marker, and cut them out in a pretty shape!

hot chocolate bar ideas

Cute right?  You can’t even see the original grey lettering!

I know the kids will flip over all the goodies at the hot chocolate bar.  Weather permitting, we’ll also be spending an evening or two around the fire pit.  (Only pouring rain will keep us away!)  We keep a little picnic table out by the fire pit for just this type of occasion, and I’ll move the hot chocolate out there too.

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  1. In the hot chocolate mix do you use water or milk. I have some Dairy allergies but was wondering if water would taste as good

    1. Depends on the mix you use. I would think any powdered mix has powdered milk and you use water to make it. I could be wrong though because I am not sitting here looking at an ingredient list. I also imagine that there are dairy free mixes out there and maybe you could make them with lactose free milk or coconut milk

  2. Jenna Brussee says:

    I'm throwing a little Christmas party this weekend, and this is the perfect idea! I'm sure it will be a huge hit.

  3. JEM's Eclectic Home says:

    I love your Hot Chocolate Bar. My kids will love this on snow days.

    PS I stopped by from the Anti-Procrastination link party.

  4. Crippled Crafter says:

    Great idea, especially the cheat for brilliant handwriting, thanks!
    May just be me, but I can't get the booklet you had a link for to open – it just goes round in circles trying to open the link then crashes! Please can you send me the link directly?

    1. Can you leave me your email? Otherwise the link goes to the bic mark it facebook page and under the title bar of their page is a section called merry marking the download link is there.

  5. Mel {MamaBuzz} says:

    This is so cute! I love the little marshmallow snowmen. Such a great idea; my boys would love this. Sounds like you all are going to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with family. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week's issue.

    1. I'm setting it up for both my kids holiday parties too! (one's at 9 am the other is at 11am- works perfectly.)

  6. Michelle Katseanes says:

    This looks so much fun! I love your colors and how adorable everything is! Thank you for sharing! PINNED!

  7. Stephanie Paxman says:

    So pretty–and what a fun way to serve up hot chocolate!

  8. Natasha In Oz says:

    Wow, what a fun idea for Christmas. Those snowmen marshmallows are sooo cute! I'm pinning this right now!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz