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What’s the holiday season (or winter, in general) without several cups of delicious hot cocoa? Seasonal gatherings and cold winter days just seem to deserve something warm and chocolaty.That’s why Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas is all about a hot cocoa bar and homemade recipes.

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I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been noticing ideas for hot cocoa bars / stations popping up around the Internet. I was desperate for one of my own so I repurposed a corner of my dining room. Let me show you.

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

Pretty cute, right?

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

First off, I added hot cocoa. For my bar, I came up with three recipes: milk chocolate, white chocolate, and spiced chocolate. (We will get to those shortly.) Everyone loves variety, so I thought this was a good number. I stored the different mixes in vintage mason jars I found on eBay.

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

Then, I arranged an area of toppings. I provided candy canes, peppermint sticks, and of course, mini marshmallows. Some other possibilities would be toffee, extra chocolate chips, and cherries.

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

To make this more of an adult hot cocoa bar, I raided my liquor cabinet for things to spike the hot cocoa. Among the liquor selections are Godvia Chocolate Liquor, Rum Chata, Irish Cream, Frangelico, and Kalua.

Some spoons, mugs, and plates nearby completed the set up.

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

I also tossed in a few seasonal decorations, including nutcrackers, ornaments, and some copper accessories to match the rest of the room. I even decorated a mini tree to match my official Christmas tree! With that, my bar was ready.

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

I think this is such a fun treat for guests who are visiting over the holidays. Don’t you? Just be aware, that if you serve them hot cocoa and Christmas cookies, they may never want to leave.

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

I got really lucky with the jars. I actually found 24 blue vintage mason jars in wonderful condition so I decided to turn them into little hot cocoa gifts.

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

These are great when you need a hostess gift or something for the mail carrier or hairdresser. I think 24 should get me through the season.

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

I just filled the jars with my various hot cocoa mixes topped with marshmallows, tied each off with a bow, and added a label with instructions. The recipient gets to savor a delicious treat and then continue to enjoy the beautiful jar. Love that!

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

Okay, I’ve shown you my bar and impromptu gifts; now, let’s talk recipes. The recipes below will provide 12 servings. When I made mine, however, I tripled the recipes. Tripling yielded enough to fill a 1 quart mason jar and 6 1/2 pint jars.

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Here's what you will need:
1 cup non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
1 cup nonfat dry powdered milk
1 cup milk chocolate morsels
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
Miniature marshmallows

Combine all of the ingredients, except the marshmallows, in a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly to combine. Place in a sealed container or divide into individual servings. One serving is 1/3 cup cocoa mix plus milk. Garnish with mini marshmallows.

To prepare the hot cocoa, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix into a mug. Pour in warmed milk. Stir until well blended. Top with mini marshmallows.

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White Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Here's what you will need:
1/2 cup non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
1/2 cup French vanilla non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
1 cup nonfat dry powdered milk
1 cup white chocolate morsels
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
Miniature marshmallows

Combine all of the ingredients, except the marshmallows, in a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly to combine. Place in a sealed container or divide into individual servings. One serving is 1/3 cup cocoa mix plus milk. Garnish with mini marshmallows.

To prepare the hot cocoa, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix into a mug. Pour in warmed milk. Stir until well blended. Top with mini marshmallows.

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Spiced Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Here's what you will need:
1 cup non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
1 cup nonfat dry powdered milk
1 cup milk chocolate morsels
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Miniature marshmallows

Combine all of the ingredients, except the marshmallows, in a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly to combine. Place in a sealed container or divide into individual servings. One serving is 1/3 cup cocoa mix plus milk. Garnish with mini marshmallows.

To prepare the hot cocoa, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug. Pour in warmed milk. Stir until well blended. Top with mini marshmallows.

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Now that you have those three recipes, I’d also like to point out that you can make the White Chocolate and the Milk Chocolate peppermint by adding some crushed peppermints or candy candy cane. The amount is up to you. Peppermint mini marshmallows are also available at some stores, and they would also work.

That’s all you need for a festive hot cocoa holiday!

Hot Cocoa Bar and Homemade Recipe | Inspired by Charm

What do you think of this idea? Will you give it a try?

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Comments

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    Now that’s a gift I’d love to get! I love that you created an easy and delicious way to achieve a homemade brew… I’m gonna try adding a few of these ingredients to my mom’s recipe! Thanks for breaking that all down! The jars look AMAZING.

    And your shelves were totally meant to be that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Scout at

    Your ideas are phenomenal and your pictures are beautiful!! Great ideas!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Janet M. at

    Can’t wait to try the Spice Chocolate Hot Cocoa, it sounds delicious!

    On a side note…
    My OCD kicked in when I saw your green cabinet wasn’t centered under your shelves LOL

    Merry Christmas!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha. I didn’t notice until you said it! Don’t worry, I fixed it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      xo Michael

  • Melissa Leach at

    Yummy! You could also add to your cocoa bar a stack of pretty seasonal paper napkins and chocolate dipped spoons and/or chocoalte dipped candy canes!
    My favorite Christmas tree EVER is your festive rainbow tree from last year. Someday I hope to be able to duplicate myself!

  • Brennon at

    I love this! I am working on a family, hot chocolate bar for this coming weekend! I can’t wait!

  • Thistle at

    Everything looks delicious! I love the idea of white chocolate hot cocoa. You’re a genius. ๐Ÿ™‚

    karianne

  • Emilou at

    Hi Michael, you did a super hot chocolate bar and I love, love your green cabinet. Thank you for not painting it white!! And what great gifts of your homemade hot chocolate in such special jars and with the zinc lids. Can I be your mailman? Blessings and smiles, Emilou ๐Ÿ™‚ MERRY CHRISTMAS

  • Allie | BakingAMoment at

    This is so great Michael! Everything just looks so put together. I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cynthia at

    I am in love with it all!
    You are helping me get my creativity flowing after a long period of silence~
    Peace, Cynthia

  • Jes N at

    What an awesome idea. I will give it a try at my Christmas party. What can I use instead of the wood round?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Jes –

      Try an old cutting board, a cake stand, a stack of books, etc.

      xo Michael

  • Debra White at

    Absolutely love this idea. I don’t drink coffee, so this would be perfect for me to have in my home. And with grandchildren coming over, they would love it. Especially with the little extras to add. Thanks Michael for another wonderful decorating tip.

  • Chuck at

    I made a weak attempt at a cocoa bar but don’t believe I can attach a picture ๐Ÿ™ It surely doesn’t have YOUR touch ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m sure it looks great Chuck!

      xo Michael

  • Lisa H. at

    This is awesome!!

    So question, if I wanted to give these as gifts, are the above recipes enough to fill one regular sized mason jar? or a large one? Just trying to figure out how much it will make ๐Ÿ™‚

    THANKS!

    • Ashlee at

      Hi! I love these! I just made them for gifts for my family and friends but was wondering what the coffee creamer does for them exactly?…all the powdered coffee creamers I can find have corn starch in them (my husband is allergic to corn..) and i’m trying to figure out if we can leave out the creamers or replace them with something else that he might be able to have so he can partake in this awesomeness with the rest of us ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        Ashlee – the powdered creamer just adds a creamy, smooth, velvet consistency. I’ve personally never made it without it, but you could certainly try. Also, this is the recipe as I like it, so I don’t really have any recommended substitutions. You’re certainly welcome to play with the recipe to find something that works for you.

        xo Michael

  • Susie at

    Hi, would you be kind enough to provide a link to your printable labels for the hot cocoa? Please and thank you!

  • Andrea at

    I have to say I LOVE your blog and have been frequenting it for quite some time.
    I am wondering the above too, I am challenged with making printables and would love to use these for teacher gifts for my boys. Thank you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Andrea – I’m so sorry, but I’m not great with creating and adding printables. This was just something I whipped up quickly for myself. Sorry about that!

      xo Michael

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