Take these simple steps to setting up a buffet of chocolate bliss—hot chocolate never tasted (or looked) better!

Try these hot chocolate bar ideas at your next wintertime gathering

Hot chocolate bar setup

1. Let’s get started

  • Use a cast iron pot to make your hot chocolate and keep it warm
  • A cast iron pot will look gorgeous on display or can be kept on the stovetop to keep warm
  • Your favorite hot cocoa recipe
  • Try our hot cocoa recipe

2. Mmmmmm…marshmallows!

  • Dip marshmallows halfway in white (or dark chocolate for a decadent addition)
  • Sprinkle with crushed peppermint while still warm
  • Put in a bowl once cooled

3. Topping your tasty treat

  • Candies and small cookies
  • Whipped cream and caramel sauce
  • Shaved white, milk chocolate and dark chocolate
  • Kahlua, amaretto and other liquors–kids aren’t the only ones who can have fun!

4. Sinful stirrers

  • Melt chocolate then pour into fine-tip squeeze bottle
  • Fill spoons with chocolate (keep level by propping the spoon handle until the chocolate has hardened)
  • Sprinkle with edible glitter or small candies for extra flair

5. Something to sip

  • Create interest with your hot chocolate bar by using unique bowls and glasses

6. Elevate your presentation

  • Set up display of varying heights by using cake stands and serving trays
  • Group toppings together, cups or bowls together, etc. to make serving easy


Hot chocolate bar – a great way to warm up your wintertime gathering

Hot chocolate bar – a great way to warm up your wintertime gathering

Cheryl Najafi | CEO & Creative Catalyst | Everyday Dishes & DIY “For an adult gathering, consider serving Bailey’s or Kahlua to mix with your homemade cocoa.” – Cheryl