How to Make a Hot Chocolate Party Bar

Three Parts:Preparing the ToppingsPreparing the Hot ChocolateSetting Up the Bar

Creating a food bar allows your guests to make their own delights and treats from various toppings, condiments, and other choices. Food bars are the ideal party food setup for any wedding, birthday party, potluck, sleepovers, or other gatherings.

Part 1
Preparing the Toppings

  1. 1
    Choose the marshmallows. Marshmallows are one of the essential treats to a hot cup of cocoa. Use small buckets or baskets to add different marshmallow flavors and sizes:
    • Mini, regular, or jumbo marshmallows
    • Seasonal flavored marshmallows, such as peppermint, pumpkin spice, or holiday mixes
    • Strawberry, chocolate, or vanilla marshmallows
    • Marshmallow peeps
  2. 2
    Choose your hot chocolate toppings. While people think of whipped cream being the top addition, allow your guests to enjoy other ideas:
    • Sprinkles
    • M&Ms (so they melt into the drink)
    • Nutella or another chocolate hazelnut spread
    • Crushed chocolate candies, such as Butterfinger, Twix, etc
  3. 3
    Think of stirrers. Like coffee, it's a nice treat to have a side stirrer in your drink. You can provide:
    • Peppermint sticks or long candy canes
    • Cinnamon sticks
    • Chocolate dipped spoons

Part 2
Preparing the Hot Chocolate

  1. 1
    Determine how many guests you will be having.
  2. 2
    Make a large amount of hot chocolate using a slow cooker. Add a ladle for simple convenience.
  3. 3
    Make individual servings for a very small group. You can add unopened hot cocoa packages in coffee mugs and allow them to use the microwave or use a kettle filled with boiling water.
    • This option is best for a teen sleepover and can be prepared in advance.

Part 3
Setting Up the Bar

  1. 1
    Choose a table. Depending how many items you are planning to serve, tables can vary between a small fold-up table to a long serving table.
  2. 2
    Keep foods at the proper temperature.
    • Non-perishable food can easily be added into the desired bowls or platters and wrapped as is.
    • Hot items can be prepared a few hours ahead of time and kept in an oven or slow cooker when your guests arrive. Heated trays or slow cookers are the most ideal while the food is on the table, especially if there is an outlet available to use.
  3. 3
    Prop the items on different serving platters. This will give off a delightful presentation. Some ideas include:
    • Lazy Susan
    • Cake stands
    • Fruit trays
    • Mason jars (preferable for the stirrers)
  4. 4
    Allow utensils for each item to be served. Insert spoons or tongs in each bowl or platter.
  5. 5
    Provide mugs for each guest. Bulk amounts can be found in cheap department stores or wholesale stores.
  6. 6
    Group similar ingredients together. This is basically a uniformed guideline in most buffets. Have the items go in a line to how they are created - mugs first, hot chocolate serving section next, toppings after, and stirrers and spoons last.
    • Insert labeled sticks to each platter so your guests can know what the item is.
  7. 7
    Enjoy your party bar!

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