The weather may be getting warmer and we’re replacing our fluffy slippers with beach sand-encrusted thongs and swapping mugs of cocoa for frosty cocktails. But the run-up to the festive season is all about cosy family togetherness and there’s no better way to capture this than with this new hot chocolate grazing platter trend.

Netflix has a string of fabulous Christmas movies on offer and there is nothing better than curling up on the couch with a mega-sized bowl of popcorn and a double-thick creamy hot chocolate topped with marshmallows. Well, actually now there is something better. Making your own personalised decadent dessert drink using your favourite ingredients from a treat-filled hot chocolate grazing platter.

The hot chocolate board is the latest in a trend of grazing platters (our past favourites include the pavlova grazing platter, the fries board and platters on a budget) and is divinely decadent and really fun to put together.

What’s In The Hot Chocolate Grazing Platter

The classic ingredients on the hot chocolate grazing platter is a generous bowl of whipped cream, cocoa, Milo or hot chocolate powder, milk, crushed cookies (we love Oreos), wafers, meringues, chocolate chips, sprinkles, marshmallows (mini and mega) and chocolate-covered pretzels.

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We also love making a jug of whipped hot chocolate and adding this to the platter as a scrumptious base for all the toppings.

We certainly didn’t invent the hot chocolate grazing board and we’ve taken inspiration from many creative cooks. Check out some of our favourites below.

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What ingredients would you include in your hot chocolate grazing platter? Tell us in the comments below.

  • A great idea to enjoy with friends and family.


  • With only 2 of us I’ve never used a grazing platter but these look so decadent. Just make sure there’s plenty of chocolate and marshmallows and I’m there.


  • Oh yum, anything chocolate gets my attention straight away


  • Best idea ever! I don’t know why I have never thought of this before!!!! Thank you!!!


  • Stop it! You’re killing me. We love a grazing plate in our home. We’ve done many savoury ones, and for Father’s Day decided on a chocolate one. It was for 3 of us and we went so overboard. It lasted throughout the whole day with leftovers and included – Darrell Lea coconut balls, chocolate eclairs, mixed chocolate bullets, chocolate pretzels, marshmallows, twirl bites, summer roll minis, mint balls…. It was the best.


  • Love grazing platters. Usually prefer savoury but these look yummy.


  • These look wonderful – just must not eat while one is assembling any of them. Thanks for sharing.


  • These all look amazing. I would love to do something like this for Christmas.


  • looks amazing great idea for a teachers present especially when my daughter has a male teach this year


  • All of the platters above are total winners!!

    • I totally agree! All of the platters look so tempting!


  • Omg this all looks so good! Marshmallows, Oreos, chocolate spoons and choc chip cookies would be on mine! Along with the hot chocolate ofcourse!


  • omg, they all look amazing, and for me who loves chocolate, I am saddened that I could only imagine these delicious grazing platters. For my other half has been diagnosed as diabetic, so out go all these delicious treats. But I have loved reading the article, thank you.


  • It all looks amazing! I think they would make a great birthday party treat during the winter


  • None that’s plenty and looks delicious!


  • We do love to indulge in a delicious grazing platter and this hot chocolate platter looks so scrumptious.


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