Hot Cocoa Portable Bar–Perfect for the Holiday Season or Great Gift

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Wouldn’t you love to come home to this on your doorstep or better yet have it out on your counter all season long for a quick, easy and portable Cocoa Bar?

When the kids were little I used the Wood Clementine crates for fine motor skills activity. You know stick straws, un-sharpened pencils etc into the holes. Now that my kids are older they usually just go into the trash. I found this one laying around the house holding some dog toys. Too useful for that. A little ribbon and you have the perfect gift idea for neighbors, friends, teachers or grandparents.



Using this sized crate, I used 2 1/2 inch ribbon and hot glued it along the crate. Used a contrasting ribbon, because I had some, and created a box and hot glued it onto the ribbon. Easy enough right?

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Now what to fill it with. Really the crate makes a great starter to any gift theme. We have all these lovely Torani Syrups that I wanted them out to share with friends and family all season long.
Ideas to fill for the Portable Cocoa Bar:
  • Cocoa–Homemade or purchased. You can add a bunch DIY Cocoa Cones as the gift.
  • Marshallows-fill a mason jar and add a piece of fabric for decoration
  • Candy Canes or chocolate covered spoons
  • Mugs or disposable hot/cold cups
  • Flavorings for the coffees/ hot cocoas (we love Torani syrups)
  • Extras like chocolate chips, crushed up peppermint, teas and coffees.

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Here is one that is packed and off as a gift. Added chocolate covered candy canes and spoons.

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We plan on keeping this one out all year by the coffee maker so I can add some yummy goodness to my coffee each morning. Anything helps! What would you add to your hot cocoa bar?

16 Comments

  1. This has become a very popular repin.

  2. Love this basket idea the only thing I would add would be my kids. lol

  3. Great idea!! The basket looks like it will travel well!!

  4. The Torani syrup is very versatile. I have used the pumpkin pie flavor on chicken breasts and it turned out very well.

  5. Yum, great idea! I’d add whipped cream and a chocolate spoon to mine!

  6. Such a great idea! My daughter loves to add the holiday flavored creamers to her hot chocolate so if I were making a basket for her, I’d definitely add some of those!

  7. Your are so crafty- I wouldn’t have thought of that!! Very creative!

  8. Yummy and pinned.

  9. That is too smart! I have a box of clementines just waiting for this project. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Love this! I think we might just have to make one. I would have to add the little marshmallows. We buy the colored ones in bulk and my kids love them.

  11. I love your creative use of that crate! Very crafty.
    We also love Torani syrups in our Hot cocoa. Makes a normal cup of yum into a Gourmet Cup of “Oh my stars I just went to heaven!” lol.

  12. I pinned – super cute gift idea!

  13. What a fantastic idea! I would love this! I think you added everything to it for wonderfulness!!!

  14. This is a really cute gift idea – Especially for people like me who are “craft-challenged!”

  15. You just gave me an awesome gift idea! I’m not too crafty but this gave me some ideas 🙂 Thanks so much!

  16. Love the idea of a portable cocoa bar. You never know where holiday visit will take you!

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