Cooking and Baking

How to Make a Hot Chocolate Board

Dena Gershkovich January 17, 2021

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Hot chocolate boards are great for keeping the whole family busy when you’re stuck inside on a cold winter day. Although assembling a hot chocolate board is a great activity for a snowy day, you certainly don’t have to wait for one in order to participate in this fun, family-oriented activity!

See below for our suggestions of what to include on your hot chocolate board, as well as some tips and tricks for assembly. Have fun!

Ideas of What You Can Include on Your Hot Chocolate Board

  • Milk or, for a non-dairy option, new products Gefen Oat Creamer and Almond Creamer
  • Whipped cream

  • Graham crackers
  • Edible straws – Gefen Wafer Rolls can be used as straws and will add a delicious hazelnut flavor to your hot chocolate. Peppermint poles can also be used as straws.
  • Pretzel sticks or rods

  • Chocolate chips
  • Bark Thins – Bark Thins come in assorted flavors like almond, pretzel, and pumpkin seed, and are available in most grocery stores.
  • Marshmallows – Experiment with marshmallows in different sizes, shapes, and flavors: classic vanilla marshmallows, mini marshmallows, strawberry-flavored marshmallows, multicolor twisted marshmallows… Be creative!

  • Assorted sauces and syrups – think chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, strawberry, white chocolate, fudge, and maple syrup.
  • Chopped pecans or other nuts

  • Assorted candies and chocolates – ideas include caramels, Nips, M&Ms, toffee, Kit Kats and Heath Bars! You can crush up the chocolates and use them as a topping or leave them whole to stir into your hot chocolate.
  • Shredded coconut and/or snow caps – to resemble snow!
  • Rainbow or chocolate sprinkles
  • Gefen Cinnamon Sticks
  • Ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, ground cloves, cocoa powder, nutmeg, and vanilla powder, for dusting.

Note that not all items on the board need necessarily go INTO the hot chocolate. You can mix and match the various toppings with each other if you’d like! For example, you can put some peanut butter sauce on an Oreo cookie and enjoy that alongside your hot chocolate.

Tips for Assembling Your Hot Chocolate Board

  • When assembling your board, start with the larger items (such as cookies, larger marshmallows etc.), and work your way inward. Tackle the corners first to be sure that you have room for everything on your board!
  • Remember that it’s okay for the board to be messy – it can even add to the artistic flair if there is some mixing between the different add-ins.
  • On a similar note, it’s also totally okay if some of the ingredients (such as graham crackers or pretzel rods) are hanging slightly off of the board.

  • If there are certain items that you don’t want touching other items, you can use small bowls or plates to keep things separate. For example, you may want to keep the sauces and syrups separate from the cookies/pretzels.
  • Colorful and/or patterned bowls can be a great way to make your board more fun and give it more dimension. You can use mugs or cups of various sizes for variety and color, too. These small colorful bowls are super cute, and nothing says “hot chocolate” more than these mugs!
  • Assemble some treats on top of various cloths and napkins for added texture. These napkins are fun! These are also cute. These are a good option if you’re looking for something a bit simpler.

  • Serve hot chocolate in fun mugs with colorful spoons to make things even more exciting!

  Here are some spoons that we love:

And some plates:

We hope that your family enjoys this fun winter activity! Stay warm!