Here are a few Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas for easy entertaining friends and family. It was fun putting this event together and pretty simple to serve. Start with a color scheme to help set the tone of your hot chocolate bar. Because I have a lot of black and white mugs and accessories this color scheme was perfect for my bar. The fun part was the toppings and the containers to hold them.
Hot Chocolate Bar Idea- Select Color Scheme
Idea # 2 Select Centerpiece- Black and White Topiary
Two faux pumpkins were painted, one black and one white, then decorated with hand painted dots and swirls. I had these from another event and thought the black and white would look great with my table. The two mini orange pumpkins added a pop of color and whimsy to the tablescape.
The black cake pedestal I found at http://www.fancyflours.com/product/small-black-cake-pedestal/cake-stands-decorative-servers-centerpieces
Idea #3- Container for Toppings
Decide upon the toppings you want to serve on your Hot Chocolate Bar to determine how many containers you will need. The small candy canisters with the lid on the front were found at Walmart in the home good section. They were filled with mini chocolate chips, homemade marshmallows, mini caramel bits, and Hersey chocolate bars. Each jar was labels with an adhesive chalkboard sticker. I used a special chalk paint pen to write on the sticker. I could have used chalk, but it always smears and my printing doesn’t always turn out great.
The caramel bits by Kraft are really good. You don’t have to unwrap to melt. Just pop them in your Hot Chocolate and they melt after a few stirs.
Idea # 4- Mugs in Black and White with Stir Sticks
For a fun treat, I used York Peppermint Patty on a stir stick as a garnish for the Hot Chocolate. Regular coffee plastic stir sticks were used. The Peppermint Patty melts slowly as you stir your chocolate, if you can actually keep it long enough to stir in. Eating it first is always refreshing and good.
Idea # 5- The Dark Chocolate Recipe
Almost forgot to give you the recipe for the Hot Chocolate! http://lizbushong.wpengine.com/hot-chocolate-recipe/. The chocolate beverage is made with 2% milk and half & half, and special Dark Chocolate by Hershey. Pretty simple recipe. The toppings add the fun and more flavors. On the table I have a black and white bowl full of fresh whipped cream. I like to use Heavy Whipping Cream and a bit of confectioners sugar to make my own whipped cream. I also add a bit of flavoring to it.. usually almond or clear vanilla and sometimes creme bouquet.
Idea # 6- Serve a small bites to balance the sweet
I made these mini pumpkin donuts for this event and they were a bit hit. The donuts will not last more than a day so make them earlier in the day. They take 7 minutes to bake and to decorate will take a few extra minutes. Have your toppings ready to frost and dip, the pumpkin donuts cool pretty fast. You can bake a day ahead and freeze them. But they will get wet after thawing. Here is the recipe for the mini donuts http://lizbushong.wpengine.com/mini-pumpkin-doughnut-recipe/
Idea #7 Have a fun time!
I presented this bar idea on Good Day Tri-cites and we all had a great time. When I get the link I will post the segment for you.