Sometimes January can be a bit ho-hum around our house. The Christmas decor is all put away, school is back in session, and spring can seem a long way off.
To combat those mid-winter blues, I decided to surprise my three boys and some of their friends with a fun hot chocolate bar recently on a random school day. This hot chocolate bar was super-fast and easy to put together, I even made some printables for it and to share with you as well.
Hot Chocolate Bar Supplies
To make your hot chocolate bar you first need to gather your supplies. I scooted down to my local grocery store and picked up chocolate cookies and other toppings
I tried to get toppings that would make this hot chocolate bar super fun for the kids (and to be honest, the grown ups too!) There is a lot of wiggle room when it comes to deciding what kinds of extras to offer on a hot chocolate bar, so don't feel limited to my list. The sky is the limit! Here is what I decided on:
- hot chocolate mix
- chocolate syrup
- caramel syrup
- vanilla syrup
- rainbow sprinkles
- mini chocolate chips
- salted caramel morsels
- white chocolate chips
- whipped cream
- mini marshmallows
Other fun add-ons could be peppermint sticks, large chocolate covered or flavored marshmallows, or add in a coffee bar area to give the adults another option.
Hot Chocolate Bar Printables
Because kids are kids and I knew things would get rowdy if they lingered too long at the hot chocolate bar, I whipped up some printable labels for my flavored syrups. And to be honest, it just looks prettier that way and it makes me happy.
I printed mine with my home printer on adhesive kraft paper, cut them out, and used it to cover the labels of the syrups. I also set out some coordinating paper straws because paper straws always make everything look prettier too!
The kids were so surprised when they came home from just another day at school to this surprise hot chocolate bar! We invited neighbors over to share in the fun too and it was a great time for everyone. I don't have to exaggerate to say that those cookies were completely gone in twenty minutes with the help of seven elementary and middle school boys in the house!! They especially liked dunking their cookies into the hot chocolate, which I have to admit was pretty darn delicious once I tried it myself too!
If you are looking for a fun and easy way to add a little excitement to your winter post-holidays, I highly recommend putting together a hot chocolate bar. There's no need for a special occasion! You can get creative with your add-ons too, don't be limited by what I have listed.
Have you hosted a hot chocolate bar? Let me know how it went in the comments below!