Looking for a way to break up the dull days of winter? A few hot cocoa bar ideas are sure to spice things up!

A hot chocolate bar can be customized to fit any party or occasion. And it’s a great way to show your staff, students or team members some appreciation.

Keep reading for a list of ingredients and essential supplies to make your cocoa bar extra special! Also, look for a few great hot cocoa bar ideas to keep your self-serve party clean and inviting.

What do you need for a hot chocolate station?

It doesn’t cost a fortune to create a DIY hot cocoa bar. Here are a few easy and affordable hot cocoa bar ideas:

Custom tablecloths

customized table cover in office setting

A high-quality table cover will add elegance and a professional touch to your cocoa bar. I recommend using a custom tablecloth from Totally Promotional with your company name or organization printed on the front. This lets everyone know who is sponsoring this happy event.

A personalized tablecloth is a great investment since it can be used for future events, too. All of our tablecloths are made with a liquid-repellent material for easy cleanup.

Tip: A 6-foot table cover will also fit an 8-foot table!

Paper cups and promotional mugs

paper cup with business logo for drinks

Customized paper cups or Styrofoam cups with logos are low-cost items for serving hot cocoa while branding. A popular option is our 12 oz. Paper Cups With Lids. You can order as few as 12.

Businesses often order Paper Coffee Sleeves for added protection from hot beverages and a firmer grip on the cup.

If you’re looking to reward or gift your group, now is the perfect time to give them customized mugs! Our bestseller is the 13 oz. Ceramic Campfire Mug.

Personalized napkins and stirrers

personalized cocktail napkins with business logo

Keep everyone and everything a little cleaner with napkins. Personalized cocktail napkins are a good choice for a hot cocoa station. They measure 3-inches-by-3-inches — the perfect size for a food or drink bar.

Your guests can use plastic spoons or straws to stir in toppings or you can take it up a notch! We also have fabulous Mood Drink Stirrers to boost excitement at your event.

Hot cocoa mix

hot cocoa setup on a table

Hot cocoa is the star of this show so make sure it’s heavenly! I recommend using individual instant cocoa packets to avoid sharing germs. This also helps keep your hot cocoa table much cleaner.

Top hot cocoa brands:

  • Land O Lakes® Cocoa Classics Chocolate Supreme Cocoa Mix
  • Williams Sonoma Classic Hot Chocolate
  • Starbucks® Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix
  • Godiva® Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa
  • Nestle® Rich Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa
  • Swiss Miss® Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Totally Promotional offers a variety of drink mix packets to print with your logo. A fan favorite is the Hot Cocoa Mix with full-color imprint.

Hot water dispenser

woman using a paper cup at a hot cocoa bar

If you’re serving just a few people, a Keurig machine with individual K-Cups in a variety of flavors might be your best choice.

However, for larger crowds it’s best to use hot water urns or other hot beverage dispensers with “keep warm” functions. Position the dispenser on the table so cups and mugs easily fit beneath the spigot faucet.

Toppings for hot chocolate

hot cocoa toppings for a hot cocoa bar

The list of hot cocoa toppings seems endless! Consider putting your favorite toppings in containers, such as our 16 oz. Mason Jar Acrylic Cup, with identification labels or tags.

Here are a few of the most popular hot chocolate toppings:

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Hot Chocolate Bombs
  • Whipped cream
  • Crushed peppermint candy
  • Bulk chocolate candies or shavings
  • Finely chopped salted nuts
  • Hershey Kisses® or Hugs
  • Toffee bits
  • Sprinkles
  • Pretzel rods
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Toasted coconut
  • Dark chocolate syrup
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Caramel sauce
  • Nutmeg
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Orange Zest
  • Pepperidge Farm Pirouette® cookies

Tip: Don’t forget scoops or spoons for your self-serve toppings!

Custom signage

customized banner for a corporate hot cocoa bar

Every great cocoa bar needs a charming sign! The type of signage you choose will greatly depend on the space you have. A few hot cocoa bar sign options include:


hot cocoa bar setup

Use fairy lights or other festive lighting to add magic and mystery to your hot chocolate station. Carefully string the lights around your sign and/or along the edges of your hot cocoa table. Be sure they are secure and do not get in the way when guests are helping themselves.

Bulk hand sanitizer

customized hand sanitizer for businesses

Cold weather often means colds and other illnesses are circulating. Place a bottle or two of custom hand sanitizer on your hot cocoa table as a reminder to clean hands before serving.

Warm up with these hot cocoa bar ideas!

customized ceramic mug with hot cocoa

I hope these tips help you create a hot cocoa bar everyone will enjoy. It only takes a few simple ingredients and decorations. How do I know? We recently had a hot cocoa bar for employees at Totally Promotional. We loved it so much it became a two-day event!

I hope these hot cocoa bar ideas make your event as successful as ours. Don’t forget to order your custom-printed supplies today.

Happy sipping!

get your crew in style year-round with custom beanies

Shelley Grieshop is a former newspaper journalist who earned more than a dozen Associated Press awards for her in-depth research and writing skills. In May 2016, she joined Totally Promotional as a creative writer. She currently writes company blogs about branding, marketing, logos, wedding planning and much more. One of her life goals is to teach people when to use hyphens and apostrophes.

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