It’s a Hot Chocolate Party!


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Host a festive hot chocolate bar at your next winter party and give the guests a delicious drink to remember with a fun assortment of sweet treats to choose from.

Choose a variety of chocolates, add-ins and toppings and let partygoers customize their drinks according to their favorite flavors: spicy dark chocolate, milk chocolate covered cherry or peppermint white mocha.

Prep: You will need enough mugs for all of your guests, plus metal carafes for the hot chocolate and bowls of assorted sizes for all the add-ins. Arrange everything on a silver tray and be sure to keep the cocoa hot and flowing all night long.

Hot Chocolate: Start with a pitcher of your favorite hot chocolate recipe: dark, milk or white chocolate. Metal carafes will work best to keep the chocolate nice and warm.

Spirits: Please the adults at the party with an assortment of liquors and liqueurs to perk up the hot chocolate and give it a kick.

  • Amaretto: This almond-flavored liqueur has a sweet cherry taste that turns a regular cup of hot cocoa into a drinkable chocolate-covered cherry.
  • Cognac: A traditional French brandy, cognac adds a touch of class to hot chocolate and increases the belly-warming quotient by a factor of ten, and since you’re mixing it, a less-expensive brand will do.
  • Peppermint Schnapps: Add a mint touch to your chocolate with this sweet peppermint liqueur for a peppermint mocha.
  • Goldschläger: If you prefer cinnamon to peppermint, this Swiss schnapps delivers the flavor with glamorous flakes of gold.

Toppings: Hot chocolate is always best when topped with white fluff!

  • Marshmallows: Put out bowls of small or large marshmallows, and if you are serving white chocolate to drink, chocolate marshmallows are a nice touch. For a really special treat, make homemade marshmallows and serve them in small cubes.
  • Whipped Cream: Reddi-wip is easy and fun to squirt, always a favorite with the kids – but real whipped cream has a thick flavor that you can dollop with delight. Just whip organic heavy cream until it reaches your desired thickness; serve it unsweetened or mix in sugar for a sweet treat – or do both!

Stir sticks: Skip the spoons in favor of these pretty stir sticks!

  • Peppermint Sticks: Tall, straight swizzle sticks in red and white swirls make for suck-able stir sticks; choose them in flavors of peppermint, cinnamon or chocolate.
  • Cinnamon Sticks: Actually a piece of bark, this natural spiraled stick imparts a heady, spicy flavor to your drinks.

Final Touches: Like the cherry on top, these final touches will add a final festive flavor to each unique cup of chocolate. Serve them in small bowls with tiny spoons, or just let your guests grab a pinch.

  • Cayenne: Kick up your chocolate with cayenne pepper, which will add a spicy taste to your hot cocoa and will kick up your immune system too!
  • Chocolate shavings: Use a vegetable peeler to create curly shavings from your favorite chocolate bar for a pretty topper that will melt slowly as you sip.
  • Cinnamon & Nutmeg: Served separately or together, these warming spices will add a layer of depth to your favorite hot chocolate.
Shilo Urban

Shilo first became interested in conscious living when she found herself working simultaneously at a mom-and-pop natural food store and a farm for endangered livestock breeds on the coast of Maine. After residing in Austin, New Zealand, Paris, Seattle, and Los Angeles, she now lives in Fort Worth, Texas where she works as a freelance writer. Her passions include international travel and wiener dogs.