A hot chocolate bar is what every holiday get-together needs. Hot chocolate is loved by most, especially when it is a chilly day. Who doesn’t love chocolate? It is easy to put together and often you will have everything that you need in your cupboard.
For my hot chocolate bar I used various containers to put out chocolate and toffee chips, cinnamon sticks, marshmallows and swizzle cookies. Don’t forget to add cute paper straws to your bar as a finishing touch. If you choose, you can create some other treats to add to your hot chocolate bar. I made homemade marshmallows (not hard at all!) and cocoa cubes. They make your hot chocolate so rich and yummy! You have got to try it. The recipe is below.
Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time. ❤
It’s a marshmallow world in the winter,
When the snow comes to cover the ground,
It’s the time for play, it’s a whipped cream day,
I wait for it all year round. ❄
For guest gifts I created mason jar mugs with a hot chocolate mix inside. Once again, these just took minutes to create and are very inexpensive. To dress up the mason jars, I pulled out my craft paper, punches and stickers to create a unique tag for each. Christmas is for giving and this is something that everyone would like to receive. To use this hot chocolate mix at home, just add water and you can make the hot chocolate in a flash. I have included the recipe for this below, too.
- 6 Tbsp powdered creamer
- 6 Tbsp powdered milk
- 6 Tbsp icing sugar
- 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp milk chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp candy cane, chopped
- 1. Layer the powdered creamer, powdered milk, icing sugar and cocoa powder in the bottom of a pint sized wide-mouth mason jar.
- 2. Add the chocolate chips and candy cane.
- 3. Fill the rest of the jar with marshmallows.
- 4. Secure lid and attach a festive tag.
- 1. When ready to use, remove the marshmallows from the top of the jar and mix the remaining ingredients together. Add ½ cup of the mix to 1 cup of boiling water in a mug and stir until completely combined.
- 2. Top with marshmallows and voila!
- 3 packages unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Icing sugar, for dusting
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 1/4 cups sweetened condensed milk
- 3 cups semisweet chocolate
- 3/4 cup unsweetened baking chocolate
- Wooden sticks
- 1. Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup.
- 2. Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.
- 3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.
- 4. With a sieve, generously dust an 8 by 12-inch nonmetal baking dish with icing sugar. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan, smooth the top, and dust with more icing sugar. Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out.
- 5. Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them in squares. Dust them with more icing sugar.
- 1. Heat the cream and condensed milk over low heat until steaming. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate; allow it to gently melt.
- 2. After about 10 minutes, return the chocolate mixture to low heat to completely melt the chocolate. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is thick and shiny.
- 3. Pour the chocolate mixture into an ice cube tray (I used one that is silicone for easy removal). Shake gently to level. Set aside overnight to slowly set up.
- 4. Turn out onto a clean cutting surface. Insert a wooden stick into the center of each block.
- 1. Use a sharp knife to put a slit in each marshmallow square.
- 2. Slide the marshmallow square on the wooden stick that is inserted into the cocoa square.
Have a safe and happy Christmas! Buon Natale! Joyeux Noël! Froehliche Weihnachten! Mele Kalikimaka! Feliz Natal! Kala Christouyenna!