I don’t know about you, but I am a huge hot chocolate fan and I can’t get enough of the stuff during the cold months. I’ve been dreaming about having a hot chocolate station in my home for weeks now so this week I decided to pull one together to get into the festive spirit! I think i’ve just found a new Christmas tradition…
This little station is a great idea to get into the festive spirit, for Christmas movie marathons or, an ideal treat when hosting guests so folks can fix themselves a hot cocoa whenever they want. I’ve made a little list of everything you’ll need if you wish to make your very own too…
What you need:
- Hot Chocolate, of course! Our favourite is Cadburys but you can also use fancy flavours such as peppermint, gingerbread or cinnamon.
- Tray, stand or cart – A tray with handles or a movable cart are also the perfect place to keep your hot chocolate bar, that way you can move it around if need be.
- Toppings – I like to put out sprinkles, marshmallows, mini candy canes, crushed candy canes, cinnamon, chocolate sauce, mini choc chips, chocolate curls and vanilla sugar.
- Whipped cream
- Containers or jars – you’ll need these for your toppings. I’ve used recycled glass jars that I collect throughout the year. I make sure they are cleaned, labels removed and sterilised before use. I keep the lids too for keeping the toppings fresh.
- Spoons – you’ll need spoons for your toppings jars and separate ones for stirring your hot choc. You can also use a mini whisk.
- Mugs – Display your finest festive mugs at your hot chocolate station! Cute Christmas travel mugs or paper cups are perfect for a party or for heading on the road. The aqua and red Noel mugs are from Dunnes Stores and the retro paper cups are from Hippenings.
- Festive napkins – for any chocolate accidents!
- A pretty cake stand – for creating a little bit of height, making your toppings easier to see.
- Festive straws
Creating your hot chocolate station:
- First, set up an area in your kitchen with your tray. A little bit of counter space beside your kettle or on a cart is perfect.
- Fill your jars with your toppings and style them with ribbons and even cute mini tags if you wish.
- Pop them onto your tray and cake stand and have a little fun styling them up!
If you are creating your station for guests you can also pop out tasty treats to pair with your hot chocolate such as biscotti, mini gingerbread men, mince pies or festive shortbread.
This Hot Chocolate Station was so much fun to put together! You can find the items I used or similar items at Dealz (0r Poundland or dollar stores for my international pals), Flying Tiger and TK Maxx or Home Sense.