Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas

This time of year, hot chocolate is a wonderful treat. Here at Maui Wowi DC, we use Ghiradelli hot chocolate -- we call it the "Warmth of Aloha".

If you're looking to create your own hot chocolate bar, here are some great ideas for toppings:

Gingerbread marshmallows
Peppermint marshmallows
Neapolitan marshmallows


Peppermint Andes chips
Caramel Bits
Whipped cream
Chocolate syrup

Peppermint sticks
Cinnamon sticks

Want something yummy to munch on with your hot cocoa? Here are some delicious cookie recipes we love.

Praline Cookies brought by Plain Chicken
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies brought by Miss Crystal Makeup
Forgotten Cookies brought by Southern Kissed
No Bake Coffee Balls brought by Sweet T Makes Three

Secret Ingredient Christmas Cookies from Kevin and Amanda
Brown Butter Snickerdoodles from Ambitious Kitchen
Brown Butter Soft Batch Style Gingersnaps from Picky Palate
Brown Sugar Toffee Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Salty Pretzel Chocolate Chips Cookies from Cookies and Cups

A great holiday party idea is to have Maui Wowi DC provide a hot chocolate bar  as part of a cookie swap. What's a cookie swap?

cookie swapIt's when you have everyone come with their favorite cookies as well as the recipe. Some of the cookies are put out for everyone to munch on and some are set out so people can take some home. Here are some tips for hosting a cookie swap:

  • Ask each guest to make 6-12 cookies for every person in attendance, plus an extra dozen for sampling during the party. It’s helpful to have guests RSVP with the type of cookie they’re making to avoid duplicates.
  • Create folding place cards to display in front of each plate of cookies, so you know which cookie is which. Label them with the name of the cookie and who brought them.
  • Set up a packaging station so guests can take home holiday cookie plates to drop off to friends, family, and neighbors. Consider including festive holiday plates, tags, pens, plastic wrap, Ziploc bags, tape, scissors, ribbon, twine, a hole punch, and napkins.
  • On the day of the party, have a a few tables set up for sampling, swapping, and packaging cookies.

Mahalo and feel free to share your favorite hot chocolate toppings, recipes and/or cookie recipes.

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