Thursday, November 5, 2009

{Holiday Entertaining} Hot Chocolate Bar

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Candy buffets and sweets stations are really popular now days, but why not spice it up for the holidays with a "Build Your Own Hot Chocolate Bar."  Your guests will be sure to enjoy this wonderful heart-warming treat!

Hot Cocoa Bar How-To’s

  • Use fancy mugs. This can be an fun, attractive way to tie in your colors.
  • Have a few assortments of flavored hot cocoa. Some favorites that would also act as a perfect base for your guests’ creations would be peppermint, white chocolate, and dark chocolate.  Make sure the liquid starts out HOT.  The room temperature add-ins will cool the cocoa quickly.
  • Finely chop your chunky add-ins so they will melt well.
  • Have both liquid and dry options for add-ins.

Hot Cocoa Bar Add-Ins

  • Marshmallows (what hot cocoa isn’t complete without this staple?)
  • Peppermint sticks
  • Flavored syrups
  • Flavored whipped cream
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Orange twists or rinds
  • Chopped up candy bar
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chocolate truffles
  • Caramel squares
  • Candied ginger
If hot cocoa isn’t your style, but you’re still looking for that exclusive, unique touch you may want to opt for a caramel apple bar or even a s’mores bar.  Both have the same idea as the hot cocoa bar - You start with the base and add toppings or mix-ins to personalize. The options are limitless.  Whatever your preference, a creative food bar can be a great tool to give your reception that extra “it” factor you’ve been looking for.

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