DIY Hot Cocoa Bar & Printable Tags

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DIY Hot Cocoa Bar and Printable Tags
Hot Cocoa Bar Free Printable Tags

Today I’m excited to share my latest project (and very likely my kids’ favorite to date)–the DIY Hot Cocoa Bar. This is a simple and quick build that will perfectly display ALL THE THINGS to make your mug of hot chocolate just the way you like it.  Bring it out for holiday gatherings, at a winter wedding, or simply a night with friends/family + lots of hot cocoa.

DIY Hot Cocoa Bar Materials

  • 1″ thick lumber. I actually used a leftover 48″ white oak stair tread (that I ordered as an extra when we re-did our stairs . . . and then forgot to return…!).
  • Wood Glue
  • Stain & Polyurethane

DIY Hot Cocoa Bar Tools

Building A DIY Hot Chocolate Bar with Oak

DIY Hot Cocoa Bar How-To

To build your own modern, three-tier hot cocoa bar, visit the full tutorial on BuildSomething.com.

Toppings and Items for a DIY Hot Cocoa Bar

There’s really no right or wrong way to do this, but if you need some ideas, read on to see what I included in my DIY Hot Cocoa Bar.

Hot Chocolate Bar Shortest Tier :

Five glass jars filled with various goodies: crushed peppermint, candy cane sticks, crushed toffee, mini chocolate chips, and pirouettes. Chocolate sprinkles or crushed Andes mints are also great options.

Variety of Candy in Glass Jars for DIY Hot Cocoa Bar
DIY Hot Chocolate Bar Toppings and Treats. Glass jar of Pirouettes.
DIY Hot Cocoa Bar with Candy Cane Sticks. Free printable tags on baker's twine

Hot Chocolate Bar Middle Tier :

Three syrup-style glass jars with corks: chocolate syrup, caramel drizzle and hazelnut syrup (HAZELNUT HOT COCOA IS MY FAVORITE!). Next to those are three large glass shaker jars: cinnamon, cocoa powder, and coarse sea salt.

My kids thought I was nuts for including a shaker of sea salt. But if you’re up for a gourmet hot cocoa, try this: Top hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream, add some caramel drizzle, then give it a light sprinkle of salt. Woah. Amazing.

Hot Cocoa Bar Ideas for Items to Include : chocolate syrup, caramel drizzle, hazelnut syrup, mini chocolate chips, crushed toffee bits
Hot Cocoa Bar Ideas for Items to Include : cinnamon, cocoa powder, coarse sea salt
Hot Cocoa Bar Ideas for Items to Include : cinnamon, cocoa powder, coarse sea salt

Hot Chocolate Bar Top Tier :

Two large glass jars, one with hot chocolate mix, the other with small marshmallows. A cylindrical vase with brown and white striped paper straws. With the remaining space I lined up two rows of hot chocolate mugs. Other options could be a big bowl of fresh whipped cream, a glass jar with coffee spoons (I love these modern gold coffee spoons), or a small cake platter with shortbread cookies, cake pops, or another treat.

Hot Cocoa Bar Hot Chocolate Mix in Large Glass Jar
Hot Cocoa Bar Mini Marshmallows in Large Glass Jar
Hot Cocoa Bar with Brown and White Paper Straws in glass vase
Small Cake Stand with Cookies on Hot Cocoa Bar

DIY Hot Cocoa Bar Resources

Jars, Scoops & Straws
Labels

Most of the jars in my hot cocoa bar have labels. I printed them on cream-colored cardstock, then used a 2″ oval hole punch to quickly and cleanly cut them out.  After that I made two small holes next to each other near the top.  Through these two holes I strung some red and white baker’s twine, which is wrapped around the jar several times and tied in the back.


If you’re interested in creating a hot chocolate bar and saving some time by using the tags I designed, you can find them here:

Hot COCOA BAR Printable Tags

The pdf file includes the 18 tags I used in my hot cocoa bar, + another 18 blank tags to add your own hand-lettering for custom items.

Hot Chocolate Bar Free Printable Tags

What’s your favorite way to enjoy hot chocolate?  Am I missing any toppings you love? Share them in the comments!

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