How to Make an Easy Holiday Hot Chocolate Board

A Hot Chocolate Board is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays and let your guests make their own cup of hot cocoa. 

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This was my first time making a charcuterie board and it was so much fun! A hot cocoa charcuterie board is a fun way to celebrate the holiday season. There are so many fun ideas for things you can add to traditional hot cocoa mix for a delicious cup. 

Hot chocolate lovers will go crazy for snack boards made just for their mug of hot cocoa. This is perfect for your next holiday party, family get-togethers, or even just for family movie night on Christmas Eve. 

Start with a large tray and work your way from the largest items to the smallest items. I also found it best to put the large items in the outer spaces and fill the middle as you go. 

If you are looking for a delicious hot chocolate recipe, try making Vegan Hot Chocolate in the Slow Cooker.

More Ideas for a Hot Chocolate Board

While this list of ingredients is long, you can mix and match the sweet treats that you want to make your festive board just what you want. Some other ideas include:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Hot Milk
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Nutella
  • Sea Salt
  • Butterscotch Chips
  • Maple Syrup
  • Oreos
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne Pepper

Hot Chocolate Board Step by Step

Ingredients

  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Toffee Bits
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate Sauce or Chocolate Syrup
  • Vanilla Wafer Cookies
  • Butter Cookies
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Peppermints
  • Caramel Bits
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Candy Canes
  • Mini Candy Canes or Peppermint Sticks
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Whipped Cream
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Peppermint Kahlua or Peppermint Schnapps

Preparation

Start with the most prominent items you are adding to your board and place those around the edges using small bowls if needed.

Add another round of hot chocolate mix-ins around the board.

Pour the loose foods in the last gaps on your board.

Finalize the hot cocoa board with some colorful Hershey Kisses to add a pop of color.

Hot Chocolate Board Leftovers

Storage: Pack each item on the hot chocolate board in separate containers. 

Recipe

Originally Published On: November 6, 2023

Hot Chocolate Board

A Hot Chocolate Board is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays and let your guests make their own cup of hot cocoa.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course:
Dessert
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
christmas
|
dessert board
|
holidays
|
hot chocolate
|
winter
Servings: 12 servings
5 from 7 votes

Ingredients

  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Toffee Bits
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate Sauce or Chocolate Syrup
  • Vanilla Wafer Cookies
  • Butter Cookies
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Peppermints
  • Caramel Bits
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Candy Canes
  • Mini Candy Canes or Peppermint Sticks
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Whipped Cream
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Peppermint Kahlua or Peppermint Schnapps

Recommended Equipment

  • Charcuterie Board
  • Dessert Bowls

Instructions

  • Start with the most prominent items you are adding to your board and place those around the edges using small bowls if needed
  • Add another round of hot chocolate mix-ins around the board
  • Pour the loose foods in the last gaps on your board
  • Finalize the hot cocoa board with some colorful Hershey Kisses to add a pop of color
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17 thoughts on “How to Make an Easy Holiday Hot Chocolate Board”

  1. 5 stars
    This is such a fun idea for a holiday party. This hot cocoa charcuterie board would be perfect for a Christmas movie night, too. Thanks for the fun idea!

  2. What a fun holiday idea! Not only is it festive but it’s a great way to put all the yummy hot chocolate things in one place! Perfect for any get together this holiday season!

  3. As a coffee-loving person, I’m always up for cozy and delicious beverages, and hot chocolate is a perfect choice for the holiday season. It’s a great way to spread some warmth and joy during the holidays.

  4. 5 stars
    Oh wow, yes please. I’ll take 2!! These look awesome. I might try creating something like this next time my daughter’s friends come over. Those gingerbread men are a great addition to the board and so are the candy canes to make it more festive.

  5. You had me at the word chocolate! I will deffo be making a board and using some of your ideas as inspiration thank you so much xx

  6. 5 stars
    A hot chocolate board sounds delicious, and there would be no leftovers to worry about in my household. Especially if my boyfriend were around.

  7. 5 stars
    This just made my sweet tooth itch! You had me at ‘Chocolate’. This is a great idea to make get togethers with friends and family just a little sweeter. Very creative too.

  8. Ooohhh….thank you for this guide. I haven’t made such a board before. Hot chocolate is needed for the holiday, with the kind of year we have had! Thanks for this guide and recipe.

  9. Catherine Shane Cabuhat

    5 stars
    This is such a perfect idea! Since I keep thinking about what to add to my charcuterie board this coming holiday. This is such a lifesaver.

  10. Ohhhhh my goodness!! This hot chocolate board idea looks SO incredible and I can’t wait to try it! I’m in charge of bringing something to my cousin’s bachelorette party getaway this weekend and now I know what I’ll be bringing. 🙂

  11. A Hot Chocolate Board is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays and let your guests make their own cup of hot cocoa.

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