Our daughter Allison has recently been introduced to hot chocolate. As a 4 year-old, it’s basically the best thing ever. Every time we sit down to watch a movie, she asks, “Can we please have some hot chocolate?” She loves it, and I don’t really blame her! I have a feeling that this winter we’ll be drinking a TON; and to make things fun for her, I made a simple hot chocolate station where we can quickly and easily make a cup of hot chocolate. Here’s what I included:
- A jar of homemade hot chocolate mix (recipe below)
- Andes mint pieces (Peppermint chips would work well, too!)
- Holiday coffee cups
- Whipped cream
And how cute is this tray? I say this a lot, but the dollar store is your best friend when it comes to decorations. This is exactly what I needed, and you can’t beat a one dollar price tag! My Christmas decorations are red and white so this matches perfectly.
To set up this hot chocolate station, your first step is to make the hot chocolate mix. Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup dry powdered milk
- 2 cups powdered sugar (I used 1 cup of Stevia in place of some of the sugar)
- 1 teaspoon salt
Mix it all together and pour it into a Mason jar. Next, arrange your toppings however you want. I used empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottles; they’re so cute yet so handy! Put your favorite coffee mugs or disposable coffee cups on the tray; and if you have any figurines or other holiday decorations, you could certainly put some on there too! I created the sign behind the tray and have a link to the PDF below for you to download.
I’m pretty sure we’re all set for Winter now! I’m already making good use of this station; instead of hot water, I use hot coffee and make an easy mocha drink. And those Andes mint pieces melt immediately and give my drink an amazing Peppermint Mocha flavor!
I’ve created labels and signs that you can download and print for your own hot chocolate station! Here’s what the file includes:
- Hot Chocolate sign
- Hot Chocolate Mix label
- Peppermint chips label
- Marshmallows label
What else would you add to a hot chocolate station? Post in the comments and give us ideas!