Winter Hot Cocoa Bar

Cozycakes Cottage: Hot Cocoa Bar

♥  I wrote this last year for an online magazine, but thought it the perfect post to share this winter with you.  I’ve set my bar up again this year, but in a new spot and downsized it a bit.  I’ll share new photos of it soon.   ♥

When the temperature drops around here my little girl looks up at me and says, “May I have hot cocoa, please!”  We don’t have what others consider real winter weather, so we claim anything under 65 degrees as cocoa weather.  This year I decided to designate an area near the kitchen as the hot cocoa spot.  A little area where all our favorite cocoa fixings are ready for our hot cocoa cravings.

Cozycakes Cottage: Hot Cocoa Bar

Every year I move a little painted table out of our living room to make room for our Christmas tree.  Destiny!  That little table became our hot cocoa bar which I tucked in a corner.  What I love about this wintry setup is that I already had everything I needed right in my home.  If you’re interested in setting up a home cocoa bar for you and your family, here’s what I included (note: you can also adjust this for a tea or coffee bar):

Cozycakes Cottage: Hot Cocoa Bar

A tiered bottle drying rack is perfect for housing our winter mugs.  To add Christmas flair, I hooked candy canes around it.

Cozycakes Cottage: Hot Cocoa Bar

Festive spoons, marshmallows, straws and cinnamon sticks for stirring.  Tucked in back to the right of the tree is a bottle of caramel syrup for days when we want to give our cocoa a twist.

Cozycakes Cottage: Hot Cocoa Bar

A winter snowbird, dark chocolate chips, cinnamon, dark cocoa powder, vanilla, and more marshmallows (yummy gingerbread flavor) round out our hot cocoa essentials.

Cozycakes Cottage: Hot Cocoa BarI added a little pup for my little girl to enjoy seeing each day and then we decorated the little tree with candy canes and mini whisks.  On the bottom shelf I store some of my favorite cookbooks, Christmas cheese spreaders, and an espresso pot in case I’m feeling the need for a major caffeine boost (hello morning!).  I can easily replace the Christmas theme for a general winter theme in a couple weeks, too.  I have plans to turn this into a tea & coffee bar come spring and it should be fairly easy to switch up this little table for those delights.

I warm milk for my family and let them add the cocoa fixings most days, but sometimes I whip up a giant batch of my creamy dreamy hot cocoa and homemade whipped cream which you can find here.  It keeps warm in a slow cooker for days when you’re playing out in the cold and need a steaming mug of cocoa upon your return indoors.  And if you need a little something fun for little ones, try these hot cocoa stirrers–fun to make and dip into hot cocoa.  Enjoy! ♥


  1. Cute cute cuuuuute! I’m so stealing this idea and doing it’s for Cole’s winter party at school! And you can’t stop me! :)

    • cozycakescottage says:

      hahahaa! Steal it, girl, and I know you’ll make it FABULOUS! I wanna see pics so I can copy you for next year! :) xoxoxo

  2. says:

    This is darling, Danielle! I am not the creative one, but I sure can execute. Now, the only problem is going to be telling my kiddos ONLY ONE CUP A DAY! Since I have four, I’ll be asked quite often… I love this!

    • cozycakescottage says:

      Hi Kim! Thanks so much for the comment. :) Ah yes, one cup a day is a tough one, but that’s my rule for Munchie, too. Now for moi? I sometimes need two. Merry Christmas to you and the family! xxx

  3. So, so adorable….I love this! Your cocoa recipe is on my Christmas bucket list this year :)

  4. What a wonderful idea! Love it!


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