The Best Hot Chocolate Bar Blog Hop featuring our Family’s Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot chocolate bars have been trending the last few years as a fun tradition to incorporate into your Christmas decorating. Specifically, if you host a gathering this holiday season, the hot chocolate bar is a favorite for kids of all ages.  Today, I am sharing my hot chocolate bar and our family’s hot chocolate recipe.

Join our Hot Cocoa Bar blog hop with fifteen of my home decor blogger friends. The blog hop is hosted by Cindy at County Road 407 blog who chooses a Pinterest inspired challenge each month.  For November, we are sharing hot chocolate bars.

If you are coming from Julie’s blog at My Wee Abode, welcome y’all!  Check out all the bloggers at the end of this post, then head to Everyday Edits blog with Laura.


Vintage Santa Mug Set

My grandmother in law had the cutest set of vintage Santa face mugs and a serving bowl for hot chocolate.  It was set up near her famous fruit cake and green jello mold salad every Christmas. A few years ago, I found a similar set while antique shopping with my mother in law, Martha. She was kind enough to gift me the set.  I am glad to say that I have carried on the family tradition of serving hot chocolate in the cutest vintage Santa face mugs.


Display your family’s holiday mugs!

Whether you use a mug rack or wooden cubbies, display your holiday mugs with a few seasonal finds.  For example, I like to include holiday tea towels, mini signs, and a jolly cookie jar near the hot chocolate bar.  You can set up a hot chocolate bar, big or small, on your buffet table, kitchen island or the dessert table.


 Include a variety of toppings in Christmas dishes!

I display an assortment of candies in my collection of holiday dishes. For example, I include marshmallows, peppermint sticks, red hot candy, whipped cream, and holiday sprinkles on my hot chocolate bar.

I like to add a red hot to the top of my whipped cream swirl when hot cocoa is served in my Santa mugs!

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot Chocolate Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 cups  milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla or peppermint oil
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

Hot Chocolate Recipe Directions

  1. Pour all ingredients except chocolate in a large pot on the stove top on medium heat.
  2. Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes until mixture is well blended.  Turn heat to low.
  3. Add chocolate chips and stir occasionally until melted.
  4. Serve immediately or place in a serving bowl or crock pot on ‘
  5. Garnish as desired with an assortment of whipped cream, marshmallows or candies.

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    November 26, 2019 at 8:34 am

    HI Amy! I love the vintage mugs! SO pretty! I love all the variations in this Pinterest Challenge!
    laura in Colorado, visiting from Everyday Edits

  2. Marty

    November 26, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Love all those wonderful holiday mugs, what a fun display. Looks like everyone will be able to enjoy some fabulous Hot Chocolate with all the fixings too. Love it.

  3. Terrie Tipler

    November 26, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Amy I am in love with your cocoa station. Santa is the center of my world this time of the year. I love your mugs. So inspiring and so darn cute.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  4. Cindy@CountyRoad407

    November 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

    What a nice MIL! Your antique collection of mugs is every hot cocoa loving girls dream! I’ve been searching for years with no luck. Everything looks adorable and your family recipe sounds scrumptious. Hello, who doesn’t love sweetened condensed milk?! So glad you joined us Amy. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Julie Briones

    November 26, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    What a lovely hot chocolate bar, Amy! Thanks for including the recipe for the hot cocoa… and the whipped cream on top of the mug just makes those mugs look amazing! Pinned! Thanks for hopping with us!

  6. Lora Bloomquist

    November 26, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    That vintage Santa serving bowl is amazing, Amy! I’ve never seen one like that; quite the treasure! Love your whole Santa mug collection. After perusing this hop, I’m thinking I need to start a new collection (which I really shouldn’t). Fun to have you on board for this one!

  7. Crissy

    November 27, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Amy, your vintage Santa mugs look adorable the way you’ve displayed them. Thanks for sharing a great recipe for hot cocoa, too! It sounds rich and delicious, and I can’t wait to try it. I love all the little details like the sweater clips and pretty Christmas platter. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Paula@SweetPea

    November 27, 2019 at 6:29 am

    I love your hot chocolate bar, Amy! I have never seen a Santa Claus hot chocolate bowl with matching Santa cups and I’m smitten with yours. I like how you displayed the cups in the box with cubbies (I’m not sure what to call the box). Your hot chocolate recipe sounds so good and I love your tip to add a red hot to the whipped cream. I really enjoyed seeing your display and I hope that you and your family enjoy using it over the Christmas season.

  9. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    November 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Your chocolate bar is FABULOUS! I too have the vintage Santa mugs but never knew there was a bowl to match! eBay here I come. May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

  10. Barbara Chapman

    November 28, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Hello Amy, I love your sweet Santa hot chocolate bar!!! Those Santa mugs are adorable inside their little box home. I hadn’t thought of adding red hots to hot chocolate but that sure would be fun. 🙂 Thanks for the fun ideas!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Happy to be with you on this month’s Pinterest Challenge.
    Holiday hugs,
    Barb 🙂

  11. Carol@BlueskyatHome

    November 28, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Amy, so nice to meet you on the blog hop. Love all your cute mugs and plates. Thank you so much for the recipe. Sounds delicious.

  12. Christy @ Our Southern Home

    December 6, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    So lovely! What a special way to display those darling mugs. Thanks for the recipe!!!


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