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How to Make a Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board

How to Make a Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board


This Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board is so fun to make and is a true holiday show-stopper! Filled with all the sweet toppings and homemade hot chocolate mix as a centerpiece, this hot chocolate board is a fun new way to serve hot chocolate at your next holiday gathering!

Christmas is just five days away and I have been very busy checking things off my Christmas to-do list. I still have cookies to bake, presents to wrap and Christmas dinner menus to finalize. Even though it may feel a little hectic, I’m still so excited for the big holiday! When Christmas day comes and everything is perfect for my family, all my efforts are worth it.

I definitely have a lot of classic recipes that I make each Christmas but I always love to try new traditions and festive ideas. Last year, I made a very fancy Christmas charcuterie board which was all the rage at the time. While charcuterie boards are still very popular, I discovered a new kind of board that I will definitely be preparing this Christmas- the hot chocolate board.

Let me tell you all about it!

What is a Hot Chocolate Board?

hot chocolate charcuterie board

A hot chocolate board is essentially a giant, beautiful display of hot chocolate mix-ins that you use to create the ultimate mug of cocoa. Anything that you can think of to add to a cup of hot chocolate should be included on this board. From crushed peppermints to milk chocolate chips, chocolate syrup to caramel bites, you should add it all! Give your friends and family everything they need to make an over the top cup of Christmas cocoa.

How to Make the BEST Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board

hot chocolate board

My fun and festive hot chocolate charcuterie board has a huge list of candies and all the sweet toppings perfect for making hot chocolate drink. I also use my own homemade hot chocolate mix as the centerpiece to the board. You can choose to buy your favorite cocoa mix but having a homemade version makes the hot chocolate board even more special!

hot chocolate charcuterie board

In addition to thinking about what toppings will taste good with cocoa, I also consider what will look great on the hot chocolate board. Fun, festive marshmallows are a great holiday addition. Candy canes stick with the Christmas theme and are perfect for making peppermint hot cocoa. Chocolate-dipped pretzel rods can be used to stir the hot chocolate and the long shape looks good among the smaller ingredients on the hot chocolate board.

hot chocolate charcuterie boards

My fun and festive hot chocolate charcuterie board includes:

  • mini marshmallows
  • crushed peppermint candies
  • caramel bites
  • snowflake-shaped marshmallows
  • Hershey’s kisses
  • Andes mints
  • chocolate chips (milk, dark and white)
  • chocolate syrup
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • chocolate-dipped pretzels
  • mini M&Ms
  • chocolate creme wafers
  • holiday-shaped chocolates

how to make a hot chocolate board

How to Build a Beautiful Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board

1. Grab a large tray or board.

2. Start in the center where you want your centerpiece.

3. Add small bowls and start filling in all the spaces with all the goodies until the board is completely full.

Tips and Suggestions for making the BEST Hot Chocolate Board

  • If you want to add alcohol to your hot chocolate charcuterie board, put them in shot glasses if you’re serving it at an adult gathering.
  • For smaller items like sprinkles, crushed peppermint, or mints, I suggest adding them to a smaller bowl so your guests can take what they want with a spoonful.
  • Try dipping the rip of the mug into chocolate syrup or even caramel and then sprinkles or crushed peppermint.
  • I have always had luck at Target, Marshalls, or even Home Goods to find fun festive items to add to the hot chocolate boards.
  • If you don’t want to make your own hot chocolate mix or you don’t have time to make your own, store bought hot chocolate mix is just fine.

Get creative and see what kind of fun add-ins you can find. Every hot chocolate board is different but that is just another thing that makes them so fun to put together!

Christmas Dessert Board

You can make this hot cocoa board ahead of time, laying out all the toppings and cocoa ingredients on the board, then wrapping it tightly until you are ready to serve it. I am planning on putting my hot chocolate board next to a slow cooker full of cocoa and mugs. My family can ladle the cocoa into a cup and then choose from the beautiful display of toppings! I am really curious to see what everyone creates and which toppings are the family favorite.

hot chocolate charcuterie boards

A hot chocolate board will look fantastic on your Christmas dessert table. It is such a fun, new way to serve a traditional Christmas drink. I can already imagine my family bonding over cocoa toppings and sipping deluxe hot chocolates while we watch a Christmas movie.

Try making a hot chocolate board this season and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. I know we are all busy doing last minute Christmas tasks but making a hot chocolate board is something you need to add to your list. It is fun to make and a true holiday show-stopper. This is also a new Christmas tradition you can start with your family every year!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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37 Comments

  1. December 28, 2021 / 3:19 pm

    Oh my goodness this board looks absolutely incredible, I have to admit I’ve been enjoying a hot chocolate of an evening but they are nothing compared to this.

  2. Melissa Cushing
    December 23, 2021 / 11:48 pm

    I am so loving this beautiful board! It is perfect for the Holidays and my entire family would seriously love this 😉

  3. Thena Franssen
    December 23, 2021 / 12:35 pm

    Yes to all of this! We’re making this tonight for our holiday movie night binge so I’ll let you know how it goes!

  4. December 22, 2021 / 6:53 pm

    I am loving the idea of this hot chocolate charcuterie board and I’m sure the kids would absolutely love this.

  5. Sonia Seivwright
    December 22, 2021 / 6:03 pm

    Ok! That looks Amazing!! I love Hot Chocolate. I wonder why I haven’t thought of this. What an exciting way to start Christmas morning.

  6. December 22, 2021 / 2:43 pm

    How adorable and so festive! I love having hot cocoa. This would be great to have!

  7. Jennifer Prince
    December 22, 2021 / 2:29 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is such a cute idea, and I just might try this for Christmas day. So fun!

  8. December 22, 2021 / 9:55 am

    Everything matches with the Christmas vibe. I will give this dish a try on Christmas.

  9. Dani Torr
    December 22, 2021 / 8:58 am

    This looks like a fun project! My favorite toppings with hot chocolate are definitely pretzels, sprinkles and marshmallows. It would be cool to do this as a family and see what everyone comes up with!

  10. Beth
    December 22, 2021 / 2:58 am

    What a fun idea! This is perfect for entertaining!

  11. December 22, 2021 / 2:30 am

    This would be such a special thing to do for the kids. Looks like a lot of fun!

  12. December 22, 2021 / 1:15 am

    How fabulous is this? Festive, colorful and fun. I need this in my life

  13. Ebony
    December 21, 2021 / 11:47 pm

    This looks like such a lovely idea! I’m having a girls night tomorrow so I am going to Instacart these ingredients to my house right now! THanks for the inspo!

  14. December 21, 2021 / 7:21 pm

    I think this is now my fav charcuterie board!! thank you!

  15. December 21, 2021 / 4:46 pm

    Love this fun twist on a cheese board. Totally making this..

  16. December 21, 2021 / 3:59 pm

    I’d love to create a hot chocolate board. It’s such a fun idea to do for an afternoon in the kitchen with family. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Richelle Milar
    December 21, 2021 / 2:53 pm

    Wow that was a really amazing and really fun idea I know my kids would love this so much

  18. Rose Ann Sales
    December 21, 2021 / 2:51 pm

    Wow that was a really great idea for Christmas my kids really love a hot chocolate

  19. December 21, 2021 / 2:45 pm

    If I made this for my girls they would go crazy! I can’t wait to surprise them.

  20. December 21, 2021 / 1:32 pm

    Amazing and creative board here. This is something I always enjoy making with the kids

  21. December 21, 2021 / 1:31 pm

    This is perfect for the Holidays. It’s gonna be my first time making it. Hopefully I can make it successfully

  22. December 21, 2021 / 1:19 pm

    Oh this is definitely on my list of things to create for Xmas eve and Xmas day. Thank you for the idea and beautiful tasty looking creations!

  23. December 21, 2021 / 1:12 pm

    This is so beautiful you almost don’t want to eat it. Notice I said almost 🙂 . Looks completely delicious.

  24. December 21, 2021 / 9:30 am

    No oh well this is a show of sweetness, I would never be able to reproduce something so tasty and aesthetic! Wow wow and more wow!

  25. MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    December 21, 2021 / 7:54 am

    I am loving this, it looks amazing and is such a fun thing to do especially for the kids.

  26. December 21, 2021 / 6:20 am

    Wow. this looks so festive. I cannot wait to try this with the kids. They will love it

  27. December 21, 2021 / 4:49 am

    Yum. Everything looks so good.

  28. December 21, 2021 / 3:29 am

    Very nice! It’s so festive and fun. I love hot chocolate!

  29. December 21, 2021 / 2:41 am

    Beautiful and includes everything to make an over the top hot chocolate. Perfect for adults and kids!

  30. December 21, 2021 / 2:02 am

    I need to make this for the little ones to enjoy this holiday. They love anything that involves hot chocolate!

  31. Kathy
    December 21, 2021 / 2:02 am

    This is amazing. I love charcuterie boards. I have got to make one like this. I love it!

  32. December 21, 2021 / 1:50 am

    What a great and creative idea! Definitely going to try this.

  33. December 21, 2021 / 12:26 am

    I will be making this for a holiday party that I am attending tomorrow. It is so cool looking.

  34. Tasheena
    December 21, 2021 / 12:08 am

    This is such a fun idea, my kiddos would love this.

  35. December 20, 2021 / 11:51 pm

    Great idea for the Christmas holiday. One can never have too much chocolate and fun!

  36. Amber Myers
    December 20, 2021 / 11:09 pm

    Oh wow, what an amazing board. I cannot wait to make this. We love hot chocolate!

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