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Cup of Christmas cheer: How to make your own hot chocolate bar

Dec 21, 2015

by Sarah Sandiford

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This Christmas make your tipple of choice a delicious winter warmer with blogger and stylin’ pro Ruth’s one stop hot choc station. A pick ‘n mix of festive inspired treats that will certainly hit the sweet spot, come feast your eyes on her scrumptious hot chocolate concoctions…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And how better to celebrate than with a hot chocolate bar, full of all your favourite treats and toppings? It’s super easy to set up, and makes for a really special centre piece at a Christmas party; it would be perfect for a movie night. To keep costs down, you could even ask your guests to each bring a different topping, sauce or sprinkle – that way every taste will be catered for too.

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As anyone who knows me well knows, I’m not a big fan of ‘traditional Christmas’. I don’t love green or red and I prefer simpler, brighter styles. So for this hot chocolate bar, I kept bright colours to a minimum, instead sticking to white and gold.

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Things you need to gather for your bar:

– Hot chocolate
Mugs
– Various toppings (marshmallows, fudge, butterscotch, candy cane dust, choc chips etc)
– Different stirrers (chocolate sticks, cinnamon sticks, candy canes etc)
– Sauces (chocolate, toffee, caramel etc)
– Different sized glasses, vases, jars to put all your treats in and on
– Fairy lights
Display sign + chalk pens

How to make a hot chocolate station Etsy UK Gathered Cheer

How to make a hot chocolate station Etsy UK Gathered Cheer

Once you’ve gathered all your toppings it’s simply a case of displaying them in a way that makes them look pretty, and makes it easy for your guests to tuck in. I worked in groups of three, and set them up at different heights. At the back I used my champagne coupes (filled with marshmallows, candy cane dust and sea salt), in front I put three tumblers with the stirrers in, and in front of them I put three smaller jars filled with the rest of my toppings. You can use any jars or glasses you have on hand – anything goes!

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Then you just need to fill out your bar with the finishing touches. Add in any sauces you like (squirty cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce etc), plus your stack of mugs. After that you can make things festive by adding a string of fairy lights, taped to the wall with washi, a mini Christmas tree and sparkly baubles. From there your hot chocolate bar is complete!

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Have fun experimenting with different flavour combinations! The three I tried and loved (research for this post was such hard work…!) were:

How to make a hot chocolate station Etsy UK Gathered Cheer

Milk chocolate stirrer + squirty cream + caramel sauce + sea salt sprinkle

How to make a hot chocolate station Etsy UK Gathered Cheer

Dark chocolate stirrer + squirty cream + chocolate sauce + choc chips + glitter shimmer spray + Mikado chocolate stirrer

How to make a hot chocolate station Etsy UK Gathered Cheer

White chocolate stirrer + squirty cream + candy cane stirrer + candy cane dust (the dust is simply smashed up candy canes!)

How to make a hot chocolate station Etsy UK Gathered Cheer

Pop a festive film on, grab your hot chocolate and enjoy!

Etsy finds…

| Ceramic mugs : Cina Ceramic Design |
| Marshmallows : Dolly Good Fudge |
| Hot chocolate stirrers : Mellomallow |
| Chalkboard : Chalkpens |
| Chalkboard pen : Green Ridges Design |
| Christmas tree : Geo Fleur |

Christmas totally got a heck of a lot more delicious – bring on all those different combos we say! He-llo sugar rush. Will you be rustling up any of Ruth’s tasty treats?

Leave us a comment below if so and be sure to tweet us a snap of your hot choc station to @EtsyUK. Don’t forget to bookmark Ruth’s blog Gathered Cheer for more interior inspo and styling tips!

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