Can you believe it?! Christmas is coming up so fast and I think I am starting to panic! Only four weekends left to shop and they seem to be filling up with parties and activities. ACK! When am I going to get my shopping done?!
Well, luckily I have put this post together so that you have time to gather your supplies, for your hot chocolate bar, for your upcoming festivities. I have teamed with a group of bloggers to bring you a bunch of festive ideas. Each blog is presenting some form of Christmas spirit. They are linked at the bottom of this post so please be sure to stop by to see what they have in store.
On Tuesday I posted a list of fun ideas to do over the winter holidays and what better way to wrap up a lot of those activities than with a homemade hot chocolate bar. There’s nothing better than coming in after a cold day of tobogganing to warm up to your creamy, homemade, hot chocolate already prepared and waiting for you in your slow cooker. I have done hot chocolate bars before for Christmas parties that I have hosted and it went over really well.
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First off: It is always important to start off with a cute sign. This one is available to download and print if you sign up to receive my weekly emails. I have a digital library that you will get full access to once you are signed up and I am continually updating it as things come up. I only email once a week with the weekly post and a quick update.
Now, one of the secrets to a great hot chocolate bar is the homemade hot chocolate. Made in the slow cooker it is absolutely the best ever. Creamy and so easy to make. All you need to do is throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and turn it on. Heat for a few hours stirring occasionally and you are set to go.
Creamy Homemade Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
- 6 cups milk
- 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 (14oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups chocolate chips
Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and turn on to low. Stir until well blended and let warm for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
But don’t stop there!
You can’t have a hot chocolate bar without all the toppings. The fun part, is to have a whole variety of items to put in and on top of the hot chocolate. There are so many ways to dress up your hot chocolate whether it be just to top it off or to actually change up the taste to your favourite flavour.
Mini marshmallows and whipped cream are always a must! Nothing beats a great cup of hot chocolate like those cute little floaters and a large pouf of whip cream.
Toppings and add-ins you could include:
- Sprinkles – Festive
- Toffee bits
- Cinnamon – sticks and ground
- Pumpkin Pie spice
- Candy canes – Sticks and crushed
- Sea salt
- Chocolate/ Caramel/ Strawberry sundae topping – to drizzle on top
- Maple syrup – for a pumpkin spice hot chocolate
- Cookie sticks – we like Pirouette chocolate hazelnut cookies
The ideas are endless.
Have out a recipe card with different flavour combinations. For example a salted caramel hot chocolate: add caramel sauce, top with whip cream, some caramel drizzle and a sprinkle of salt. I have included a flavour combination recipe card in my digital library for you to print out.
And be sure not to forget about the paper goods. If you prefer to use glass cups from your home then definitely go for it but for a big party I like to go to the grocery store and pick up cute paper cups and lids like the ones pictured above. They came from my local grocery store and came with lids as well. If you can’t find any locally then you could also try these ones here.
And stir sticks. I like to have fun paper straws. I get mine here. But any type of stick would work, candy canes included.
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Now that you have all of your supplies it is time to get it set up. This I chose to do it all in white dishes I had around my house. One year I used mason jars for most of the toppings. It really depends on how big of a hot chocolate bar you want to create. Since I am only doing it for our family this year it can be smaller. But on the years when I host a Christmas party I use much bigger containers to hold so much more. Like I said these hot chocolate bars are very popular – be sure to have enough toppings!
Also, being that it was just for family this year and mostly for the kiddo’s we kept it fun and sugary with no alcohol. But when hosting a hot chocolate bar party be sure to add in some Bailey’s or whipped cream Vodka to the mix.
I tend to transfer my syrups into these bottles for both looks and ease. It is easier to drizzle onto the whip cream with these. They are just the Wilton squeeze bottles.
And most importantly, have some treats. Shortbread bites always go great with a warm cup of hot chocolate. If you are anything like me there will be lots of baking around this time of year to go with the hot chocolate.
Mmm… can’t you just imagine it! A warm fireplace, the tree lights and a cup of warm hot chocolate. Yep! I’m outa here….
…okay, I’ll finish this post first. 🙂 A few more photo’s then I am enjoying my hot chocolate.
And please don’t forget to scroll down to the end of the post for more wonderful ideas from other bloggers.
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