How to make the best hot chocolate bar

Parenting

After a day of tobogganing, kids will love customizing their own drinks at a DIY hot chocolate station. It’s the perfect family activity to keep you warm and cozy!

Hot chocolate bars are the ultimate combination of sweet treat and family activity. Budding baristas can experiment with flavours and toppings, like crushed cookies, candy or chocolate. Or how about a caramel drizzle? (Adults, may we suggest a couple of shots of espresso?) Add some cute mugs and a couple of baked goodies et voilà!

These are our top picks to stock your station. (P.S. If you’re looking for a great gift, a hot chocolate charcuterie board is the sweetest idea!)

1. Hot Chocolate Mix

Purple tin of hot chocolate with festive background

Photo: Purdys

$8, purdys.com

2. Vegan Peppermint Marshmallows

Pink vegan marshmallows

Photo: Dandies

$4, well.ca

3. Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks

Candy cane sticks dipped in chocolate

Photo: Indigo

$10, indigo.ca

4. Hot Chocolate Bombs

Gift boxes featuring PC hot chocolate bombs

Photo: PC

$4/pack of 3, presidentschoice.ca

5. Pink Colour-Changing Hot Chocolate Mix

Pink tin containing colour-changing pink hot chocolate mix

Photo: Gourmet du Village

$8, retrofestive.ca

6. Marshmallow Drink Toppers

Assorted marshmallow drink toppers decorated to look like snowmen, penguins and reindeer

Photo: Indigo

$12 each, indigo.ca

7. Peppermint Bark

Peppermint bark in red and white gift box

Photo: Purdys

$18, purdys.com

8. Hot Cocoa Bomb Trio

Foil wrapped hot coco bombs with in gift box

Photo: Indigo

from $8, indigo.ca

10. Whimsical Mini Marshmallows

Bottle of mini dehydrated marshmallows

Photo: Gourmet du Village

$6, gourmetduvillage.com

10. Hot Chocolate Truffle Bomb

Hot chocolate truffle bomb on stir stick

Photo: Walkers Chocolates

$4 each, walkerschocolates.ca

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