Create a decadent hot chocolate charcuterie board for holiday parties or Christmas movie marathons. This DIY hot cocoa board is filled with Christmas decorated marshmallows, hot cocoa bombs, peppermints, chocolate spoons, sprinkles, and festive toppings. Pair with a Christmas Dessert Charcuterie Board for holiday gatherings.
Our family loves festive holiday boards. They are fun to make and enjoy with the kids for family movie nights. Christmas movie marathons call for a holiday hot cocoa board filled with treats to build your own hot cocoa creations.
We used a round wooden tray for this board, but a Christmas tree platter is another excellent option. The stars of the board are the decorated marshmallows displayed opposite of the mini hot cocoa bombs. I then filled the board with hot chocolate toppings we enjoyed and served with a pot of hot cocoa.
Hot chocolate tray ideas
- Marshmallows – regular, miniature, dehydrated mini marshmallows, stuffed marshmallows, peppermint-flavored marshmallows, chocolate marshmallows, and Christmas-shaped marshmallows make a great addition to a hot cocoa charcuterie board.
- Hot cocoa bombs – to add variety, give guests the option to use hot chocolate bombs filled with cocoa, marshmallows, and holiday sprinkles.
- Whipped cream – serve homemade whipped cream in small bowls.
- Chocolate – make double chocolate cocoa by adding chocolate chips, chunks, or chocolate curls to the hot chocolate tray.
- Peppermints – add a variety of peppermint sticks and candy pieces to the tray.
- Andes mint chips – add Andes mint bits in a green tree-shaped dish for the mint-lover.
- Sprinkles – top hot cocoa with festive holiday sprinkles served on snowflake ramekins.
- Caramel – add caramel sauce, caramel bits, or squares to your charcuterie board to make caramel hot cocoa.
- Chocolate spoons – decorate chocolate spoons with a drizzle of chocolate and holiday sprinkles.
- Coconut flakes – shaved or flaked coconut is excellent for making a cup of coconut hot chocolate.
- Cinnamon – for Mexican-inspired hot chocolate, sprinkle cinnamon into the cocoa, top with whipped cream and cinnamon.
- Sea salt – add a sprinkle of sea salt on top of a chocolate or caramel flavored hot cocoa mug.
How to make a hot cocoa charcuterie board
- Start by arranging the anchor pieces, like holiday-shaped ramekins, on the board.
- Fill the ramekins with small items like sprinkles, chocolate chips, whipped cream, caramel bits, or sauce.
- Add mini hot cocoa bombs and decorated marshmallows along the board’s perimeter.
- Begin filling in toppings toward the center of the board, keeping the items grouped.
- Fill gaps with small pieces like mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, or marshmallows.
Tips and tricks for hot chocolate grazing boards
- Add a variety of hot chocolate flavor combinations. Peppermint + dark chocolate, salted caramel, mocha, cookies & cream, and snickerdoodle are a few ideas to try.
- If you want to have a matching theme or make your treats appear handmade, buy store-bought items like hot cocoa bombs and chocolate spoons. Drizzle white chocolate on top, then decorate with sprinkles and icing decorations. It helps save time and makes the board a cohesive color palette without the extra work.
- Want to make your own treats for the board? Use a chocolate spoon mold and hot cocoa bomb mold to make festive treats guests will love. Try our PUMPKIN SPICE HOT COCOA BOMBS.
- Find decorated marshmallows or snowflake-shaped marshmallows to wow your guests creating their own mugs of hot chocolate.
More holiday ideas to try:
Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board
- hot cocoa bombs
- peppermint candy
- caramel bits
- peppermint sticks
- chocolate spoons
- Fill holiday-shaped ramekins with small items like sprinkles, peppermint chips, and caramel bits.
- Arrange marshmallows and mini hot cocoa bombs around the perimeter of the board.
- Fill in the spaces with hot cocoa toppings.
- Serve with a pot of hot cocoa.