Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot Chocolate Bar

Holiday Entertaining Idea: Hot Chocolate Bar

Coming up with easy and attractive ways to serve guests can be a challenge. Why not turn ordinary hot chocolate into a Hot Chocolate Bar? Serve the hot chocolate recipe below or just a good ole store-bought variety for a presentation every guest will love.

For the hot chocolate bar:
On a large serving tray, arrange mugs of hot chocolate and your selection of the garnish ideas below. Invite your guests to flavor and garnish their hot chocolate as they desire.

Garnish Ideas:
Expresso shots
Toffee candy bar, crumbled (i.e. Heath Bar)
Mini marshmallows
Mini chocolate chips
Cinnamon-Sugar mixture (recipe below)

Hot Chocolate:
4 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup sugar

In a medium saucepan, heat 4 cups of the milk over low heat, being very careful not to let the milk boil. In a small bowl, mix together cocoa, sugar, and the remaining 1/2 cup milk. Add the cocoa mixture to the warm milk and continue to warm the cocoa until hot. Pour into 4 mugs and serve with the garnishes.

Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture:
1 vanilla bean
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Cut the vanilla bean in half, lengthwise. Using the back of a knife, scrape along the inside of the vanilla bean to collect the seeds. Scrape vanilla bean seeds into a small bowl. Add sugar and cinnamon and stir to combine.
(OR, if you are pressed for time, just use a mixture of 2 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon).

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