By Deanna Talwalkar


If it seems like the cold days are never ending this time of year, it’s time for a little warm up!  How about a Hot Cocoa Party to take away the February chill?  Hot Cocoa Bars are always a hit with guests young and old, plus they don’t require a lot of extra work.  Not only will hot cocoa heat up your friends and family, but it will spread some love, too

You can make your Hot Cocoa Bar special with a few unique hot cocoa flavors that guests will love.  And, they might even get creative, coming up with some new flavors of their own!


HOT COCOA RECIPES | The easiest way to set up a Hot Cocoa Bar is to make a big batch of hot cocoa.  You can make the hot cocoa base before the party and keep it hot and ready to serve in a crock pot.  The following recipe will serve a crowd of about 12-16 people.  You can place any leftover hot cocoa in the refrigerator for later. 


Hot Cocoa Recipe

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

¼ cup dark cocoa powder

1 cup cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup hot water

1 gallon 2% milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions: In a large saucepan, over medium heat, whisk together sugar, dark cocoa powder, cocoa powder, salt, and hot water until sugar is dissolved.  Bring mixture to a boil.  Stir in milk.  Bring to serving temperature, without boiling.  Add vanilla.  Drink can be placed in crock pot until serving.

FLAVOR RECIPES | Once you have made your hot cocoa, set out all the ingredients for the flavor options on the Hot Cocoa Bar.  These four flavor options upgrade your hot cocoa to guest’s favorite flavor choices.  Guests can add the flavor add-ins as they like.  


¼ cup chocolate chips

½ teaspoon peppermint extract



2 ounces dark chocolate

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Pumpkin Spice

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon maple syrup



1 teaspoon instant coffee

¼ cup chocolate chips

½ teaspoon cinnamon