DIY Hot Chocolate Toppings Bar

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Our guide to the best ever DIY hot chocolate bar is going to be the biggest party hit you’ve ever seen.

DIY Hot Chocolate Toppings Bar

By far my favorite part about serving hot chocolate is when I set up a ridiculous, over-the-top hot chocolate bar for a party. Putting together a hot chocolate bar is ideal for family get-togethers, cookie exchange parties or any holiday merriment you have planned during the winter.

Hosting a DIY hot chocolate bar is surprisingly simple. You can decorate to make it a winter wonderland, or you can keep things chic and simple. It’s up to you how “all out” you want to go. Either way, our guide to the best ever DIY hot chocolate bar is going to be the biggest party hit you’ve ever seen.

What You’ll Need:


The options are endless when it comes to hot chocolate mugs. You can keep things simple with all matching mugs or try mixing it up with different styles of mugs for a more eclectic look. You can even go the whimsical route and break out the holiday-themed mugs to hammer home the holiday cheer that much more.

Hot Chocolate – Make or Mix?

We prefer our own hot chocolate mix, however, if you want a variety of hot chocolates, head to the store and grab a few different kinds of mixes. They come in fun flavors such as white, dark and milk chocolate. All you need to do is have warm milk and/or water nearby for guests to make their own personal mug of hot chocolate.


For a DIY hot chocolate bar, the rule is: the more toppings the better! Bringing out a wide variety of toppings allows everyone to get creative. Plus walking in and seeing such an impressive spread is sure to illicit some ooooo’s and ahhhh’s.

Here are just some of my favorite hot chocolate toppings:

  • White, Dark, and Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Cocoa Puff cereal
  • Grated Cinnamon
  • Sprinkles
  • Hot Tamales
  • Peanuts
  • Peanut Butter
  • Sweetened Coconut Shavings
  • Marshmallows – Regular, Mini and Fruit-Flavored
  • Candied Ginger
  • Crushed Peppermint Sticks
  • Whipped Cream
  • Caramel Sauce
  • A Variety of Chocolate Bars – Orange, Chili, Salted Caramel, etc.


Ditch the plain ol’ spoons and opt for something a little more fun. It is a party after all! Use silly straws, cinnamon sticks, candy canes, and long cookies (think Pirouettes) as the stirrers for all of your hot chocolate concoctions. Why miss out on an opportunity to add even more flavor to your cup?

Adults Only

If this is an adults-only DIY hot chocolate bar, break out the spirits! Have a little vodka, bourbon and whiskey handy to make your cups of joy even warmer. If straight-up spirits are not enough for you and your boozy friends, head to the flavored vodkas section in your local liquor store. There’s every flavor imaginable out there now, so have some fun with cherry, whipped cream and caramel flavored vodkas. And then there are all the liquors like Irish cream, amarula and frangelico to For even more boozy Hot Chocolates, stay tuned for our Boozy Hot Chocolate Guide. We’ve earned our right to boozy hot chocolate as adults, haven’t we?

The Little Extras

It’s the little extras that pull a DIY hot chocolate bar together. Whether you’re using stickers, mini chalkboards or dry erase markers on empty dollar store frames (a quick and easy DIY!), give your hot chocolate bar a little extra something by labeling all the goodies you have out there. Don’t forget to include labels for people’s mugs so there are no mix-ups!

Now that you’ve got the keys to the DIY hot chocolate kingdom, all that’s left to do is plan your party!

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Meghan Bassett

Food addict turned blogger, Meghan has a love for cooking uncomplicated, gourmet recipes. She creates food that is straightforward, relatable and will blow your friends and family away. She is the author of the food blog Cake 'n Knife, where you’ll find that fresh ingredients + unique flavors + love = gourmet food, every single time.