What is the coziest thing that you can think of during these cold winter months? Hot chocolate better be on that list! There's nothing like a hot mug filled with a dessert drink to keep you warm. I took my love for hot chocolate to the next level with a boozy hot chocolate bar! It's such a great party idea. People really appreciate little touches that go into parties. They are part of what make the gatherings memorable. Best of all, this party idea is so easy to execute. I used dishes and cups that I already had to serve the toppings. I used this banner to write "Hot Chocolate Bar." This has been one of my greatest "hostess" purchases ever. The pack comes with all of the letters so that you can make personalized banners for all occasions. I've used it mainly for people's birthdays. I bought a second pack so that I would have enough letters to write out this three tiered banner!
I made homemade hot chocolate with the recipe below. I put it in a crockpot, which was a genius move. It stayed hot the whole time so people could go over to get a cup whenever they wanted to. It was also nice that I didn't have to do anything for it during the party and I could just have fun. I made it a spiked hot chocolate bar by including bottles of peppermint schnaps and bailey's irish cream for people to add to their cups. If you don't mix it directly into the hot chocolate, people have control over how much alcohol they put into it and what kind of alcohol they use. Its also good to not mix it into the hot chocolate directly if you have kids at your get together. Then, the kids can enjoy the bar as well!
Some toppings that I included are:
- Marshmallows (duh)
- Heath bits
- Chocolate sauce
- Caramel sauce
- Candy canes (you can substitute with crushed peppermint candy as well)
- Mini white chocolate chips
- Mini semi sweet chocolate chips
- Maple sugar powder
- Pirouettes (the perfect stirrers)
- Whipped cream
Hot Chocolate Recipe:
4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate (chopped into small pieces)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 can (14oz) of sweetened condensed milk
8 cups of milk (I used 2 percent)
Combine the condensed milk and chocolate in your slow cooker.
Cook on high for a half hour. Stir the mixture every ten minutes during this time.
Add the milk and vanilla while continuously stirring it with a wire whisk.
Cook for an additional 2 hours on high. Then, lower it to warm.
Use a ladle to serve.