Love hot chocolate?
I hosted a few of our neighbours at our place last weekend before we all headed out to watch the local Christmas Boat Parade. It does get chilly at night here in Los Angeles, so I hatched a plan to create a DIY Hot Chocolate Bar where we could load up our to-go coffee cups with spiked hot chocolate and stroll over to see the boat parade together.
The Booze – Bailey’s is a must for me. I grabbed a few mini bottles of Kahlua and one big bottle of my all-time favourite – Amarula, which is a cream-based liquer made with fruit from the marula tree. You can pick out 2-3 of your favourite liquers or a bunch of minis if you’re thinking of hosting your own DIY Hot Chocolate Station over the holidays:
The Hot Chocolate – For the actual hot chocolate itself, I bought the darkest cocoa mix I could find and followed the recipe and mixed it with boiling water in my crock pot. I chose water over milk for anyone who doesn’t do dairy, so everyone could be included.
Make sure you use a whisk to get all the hot chocolate lumps up and crank your crock pot to high once your guests start arriving. I put out a ladle and spoon rest so people could help themselves.
The Hot Chocolate Toppings – Anything you can possibly imagine! I chose mini chocolate chips, Christmas sprinkles, maraschino cherries, mini marshmallows, whipped cream, candy canes and French Vanilla Piroutte cookies for stir sticks.
In terms of decor, I grabbed a bit of greenery and used gold chevron wrapping paper from Target as an inexpensive table cloth. The roll only cost me $5! The cute mini bowls I found at Michael’s for $1/each and I already owned the Mason jars.
The Cups – To-go coffee cups are pretty easy to find. I got mine at Target, but you can probably find them at Party City or order them online from Amazon. My cups came complete with lids and a coffee cozy, so we could stroll along with our drinks.
I recommend adding the booze to the bottom of your cup, then adding the hot chocolate to dissolve. I like putting in a layer of mini marshmallows before topping it off with whipped cream and them all the mini toppings.
I’m addicted to Piroutte cookies now.
My DIY Hot Chocolate Station was a definite success! It was also nice to catch-up with our neighbours, watch the fireworks together and see the local Christmas Boat Parade. I ended up ordering a whole bunch of pizza (we did not want to cook after hosting ThanksBirthday) and ended up decorating gingerbread houses later that night.