Warm up this winter by making this hot chocolate mix recipe (it’s a great thing to have on hand for when guests come) and I’m going to show you how to set up a hot chocolate bar which is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy!
I had been hearing that Grandma Rita (see here for when I made a fun snack of white chocolate peanut covered grapes with her) had the best recipe for hot chocolate. I had heard that it was a homemade hot chocolate mix where all one had to do was add water and one would have hot cocoa in minutes.
Well, I just had to try it out. I mean, who hasn’t had one of those little packets of hot chocolate only to be left unimpressed because it was a little weak and flavorless, am I right? So with a little skepticism I made the recipe and tried it, ummm yeah, it was amazing! Rich and chocolatey and perfect, this homemade chocolate is definitely a recipe to make.
What’s cool about this recipe is that it uses dry milk (I had never even known dry milk was a thing – it was sold in the baking aisle of the grocery store by the evaporated milk) so when mixed with water it has a really nice creamy consistency-not watery.
As I was enjoying my cup of hot chocolate I thought of all the fun toppings that one could put on hot cocoa and the idea of a hot chocolate bar was born. Last year I shared how to make a mimosa bar and it has gotten awesome feedback, so I just couldn’t resist putting this one together. Customizable bars are always so fun, especially around the holidays, everyone can make unique flavor combinations.
For a hot cocoa bar you want a combination of toppings and mix-ins, here is what I all included:
- 1 canister of hot chocolate mix (I store it in a Santa canister, like this one)
- A small bowl filled with mini marshmallow bits (I got these ones, they were dried mini marshmallows and were super popular!)
- A small bowl filled with mini chocolate chips
- A small bowl filled with chopped up peppermint bark (I used 1 bar of Ghirardelli limited edition peppermint bar, it was so good that I’m going to buy a bag of squares.)
- Fresh whipped cream (or a can of whipping cream)
- A glass bottle filled with caramel sauce (I buy bulk flip cap bottles like these and then use them for syrups and dressings throughout the year)
- A glass bottle filled with chocolate syrup
- Green and red colored straws (like these red and these green ones)
- A little something for the adults – peppermint schnapps and baileys
- And of course you need mugs and hot water
What would you put in your hot chocolate? Here are some different flavor combination ideas:
- Caramel hot chocolate – hot cocoa mix, water, whipped cream, caramel sauce
- Triple chocolate hot chocolate – hot cocoa mix, water, mini chocolate chips, whipped cream, mini marshmallows, chocolate syrup
- Minty hot chocolate – hot cocoa mix, water, whipped cream, mini marshmallows, peppermint bark bits (for adults add some schnapps)
- Baileys hot chocolate – hot cocoa mix, water, a dash of baileys, mini marshmallows
- Everything hot chocolate – hot cocoa mix, water, whipped cream, mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, chocolate syrup and caramel syrup
- 2 cups of instant dry milk
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir.
- Store in an air tight canister or in a ziplock bag.
- Add 1⁄4 cup of this mixture to 1 cup of boiling water.
I've been told to only add this mix to hot water, it does not taste right when added to milk
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