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Fun Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas, Toppings, and more

MOPS mom’s night out was at my house this month and I decided to do a “spring fever” hot chocolate bar for my gal pals. Most of the hot chocolate bar ideas I’ve seen tend toward a Christmas or Valentine’s theme, but I went for something more bright, whimsical and spring-like. Winter is drawing to a close and while it may be chilly enough to sip on hot cocoa, that doesn’t mean we don’t have some spring fever! We enjoyed the warmth and coziness of a hot chocolate bar along with the whimsy of the spring that we hope is right around the corner.

Most of the ideas for a hot chocolate bar I've seen tend toward a Christmas or Valentine's theme, but I went for something more bright, whimsical and spring-like. It may be chilly enough to sip on hot cocoa, but that doesn't mean we don't have some spring fever!

Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas

Below are a few easy hot chocolate bar ideas that you can incorporate into your own hot chocolate bar party. A lot of them will work for a winter or Christmas hot chocolate bar party too if that’s what brought you here.

Most of the ideas for a hot chocolate bar I've seen tend toward a Christmas or Valentine's theme, but I went for something more bright, whimsical and spring-like. It may be chilly enough to sip on hot cocoa, but that doesn't mean we don't have some spring fever!

Hot chocolate bar toppings and fixings

These Free printable chalkboard labels printed on a full sheet label paper and adhered to Mason jars and milk bottles held a variety of fixings including:

  • cinnamon sticks
  • chocolate chips

mini-marshmallows

  • peanut butter M&Ms
  •  vanilla Pirouette cookies

Peppermint Oreos looked elegant nestled in striped cupcake liners.

Shop for your hot chocolate bar!

Styrofoam cups made for easy cleanup and eliminated the need to have enough mugs for 20 people. This frees you up to actually enjoy your hot chocolate bar party without worrying too much about the mess or having to wash mugs mid-party. To create a sprinkled rim, dip each rim into a bowl of light corn syrup then press onto a plate filled with sprinkles. Barely dip the rims in the corn syrup. A little goes a long way. If you dip too deep or heavily, the sprinkles will run off the sides of the cup in a sticky, sloppy mess. Basically you are just touching the rim to the corn syrup.

Most of the ideas for a hot chocolate bar I've seen tend toward a Christmas or Valentine's theme, but I went for something more bright, whimsical and spring-like. It may be chilly enough to sip on hot cocoa, but that doesn't mean we don't have some spring fever!

Barely dip the rips and you’ll wind up with the perfect sprinkle rims pictured above. Those were achieved after a little trial and error but the main thing to remember is just not to overdo the corn syrup. You’ve got this!

Simply dip marshmallows in chocolate then stick paper straws in the tops to make perfect hot chocolate stirrers.

Most of the ideas for a hot chocolate bar I've seen tend toward a Christmas or Valentine's theme, but I went for something more bright, whimsical and spring-like. It may be chilly enough to sip on hot cocoa, but that doesn't mean we don't have some spring fever!

These lava cakes were a big hit. I almost got away without anyone knowing they were purchased from the bakery section of Kroger. 🙂

Most of the ideas for a hot chocolate bar I've seen tend toward a Christmas or Valentine's theme, but I went for something more bright, whimsical and spring-like. It may be chilly enough to sip on hot cocoa, but that doesn't mean we don't have some spring fever!

Hot pink cupcakes and bright yellow flowers gave the table a pop of color.

Most of the ideas for a hot chocolate bar I've seen tend toward a Christmas or Valentine's theme, but I went for something more bright, whimsical and spring-like. It may be chilly enough to sip on hot cocoa, but that doesn't mean we don't have some spring fever!
Most of the ideas for a hot chocolate bar I've seen tend toward a Christmas or Valentine's theme, but I went for something more bright, whimsical and spring-like. It may be chilly enough to sip on hot cocoa, but that doesn't mean we don't have some spring fever!

I used these free printable banner letters to make a simple banner for the table front and attached the letters with mini clothespins (the clothespins can be found at Dollar Tree now.)

Most of the ideas for a hot chocolate bar I've seen tend toward a Christmas or Valentine's theme, but I went for something more bright, whimsical and spring-like. It may be chilly enough to sip on hot cocoa, but that doesn't mean we don't have some spring fever!

Hubs helped me create a sitting area using two futon couches that normally reside in the basement and a few paper lanterns.

Most of the ideas for a hot chocolate bar I've seen tend toward a Christmas or Valentine's theme, but I went for something more bright, whimsical and spring-like. It may be chilly enough to sip on hot cocoa, but that doesn't mean we don't have some spring fever!
Most of the ideas for a hot chocolate bar I've seen tend toward a Christmas or Valentine's theme, but I went for something more bright, whimsical and spring-like. It may be chilly enough to sip on hot cocoa, but that doesn't mean we don't have some spring fever!

Using hot chocolate K-cups in the Keurig made the actual hot chocolate part of the party a breeze!

Most of the ideas for a hot chocolate bar I've seen tend toward a Christmas or Valentine's theme, but I went for something more bright, whimsical and spring-like. It may be chilly enough to sip on hot cocoa, but that doesn't mean we don't have some spring fever!

And while you’ve got a can of whipped cream out, you might as well play pie face.

Pie face! Fun for girl's night out.

If you’re feeling ambitious, create these chocolate spoons for your hot chocolate bar too!

These DIY chocolate spoons are easier to make than you think! You just need a few candy spoon tools and you're all set to make these Valentine chocolate delights.
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