Our Valentine’s Hot Cocoa Bar is getting a lot of attention in our home. With temps in the 70’s, we bypassed the hot cocoa bar for Christmas last year. Feeling like we had missed out on a fun tradition, I decided to make a Valentine’s themed hot cocoa bar.
We have a bar between our living room and kitchen. It’s always the location for seasonal fun. See what we had there for our Christmas Traditions Home Tour and for our Fall Home Tour. It’s currently hosting a Valentine’s Hot Cocoa Bar which is seriously much more fun since it not only looks festive but we get to enjoy the beverages too!
As a lover of all things crystal, I’ve been collecting crystal trays, bowls and dishes for many years. I always enjoy an opportunity to use my crystal so in the true spirit of ‘use what you have’, some of my crystal pieces made their way into my hot cocoa bar.
Making chocolate dipped spoons for your hot cocoa bar is a must! It’s super easy to do. Just melt your chocolate according to package directions in a small bowl. Dip your spoons to cover as far up as you desire. Place them on sprayed parchment or waxed paper which is spread on a try and refrigerate until solid.
I crushed some peppermint to sprinkle on some and drizzled dark chocolate over white chocolate on others. The white chocolate spoons tend to disappear more quickly in our home. Which one do you prefer?
I made my own candy jars with faux iced bottoms for our Valentine Hot Cocoa Bar. You can find my easy tutorial here. It only cost $4 to make 3 of them. The 4th one holding the spoons is actually a repurposed pickle jar which mean zero cost!
I found the heart shaped tags in the Target dollar spot. The tags had white cotton string with I removed and replaced with red and white bakers twine.
Have you ever melted a caramel in your cup of hot cocoa? If you said no, please just give it a try once! Sometimes it is hard to believe that you can take something which is already good and make it even better! That is what the caramel does for a cup of hot cocoa.
I’ve included two brands of French Vanilla Cappuccino, instant coffee packets, cocoa and a variety of hot tea flavors on my hot cocoa bar. I occasionally enjoy a cup of hot tea with a few of those red hot candies melted in it. The cinnamon flavor is delicious.
I already had this wire tiered basket which is usually on the kitchen counter filled with fruits and vegetables. It was perfect for mugs and hot tea packets on the hot cocoa bar.
The Valentine Hot Cocoa Bar provided me with a fun opportunity to display my ‘old’ Valentine cards. I have never thrown away a card from my husband. Tell me I’m not the only one who saves cards! I simply placed a stack of cards in one of my favorite footed crystal bowls. My grandson who is now 14 made that cute little red heart in the front when he was much younger.
Use what you have to set up your own Valentine Hot Cocoa Bar. I didn’t go out a buy anything for our bar. I did craft the Valentine candy jars as part of a dollar store craft challenge but it only cost me $4 which is awesome.
We have peppermint soft candies and peppermint candy canes, caramels, chocolate dipped spoons, tiny marshmallows, butterscotch candies and butterscotch chips and red hots for our hot cocoa. Which one do you prefer in your hot cocoa?