DIY – Hot Chocolate Cones

I love giving consumable items as gifts. It is more personal than a gift card, yet it isn’t something else filling up space in the house. Hot chocolate cones are all over right now. There are many varieties on Etsy ranging in price from $2.00 – $3.00. I even saw them at Target in the Christmas section for $4.00 each. I added a little something extra to mine to make them stand out. Based on the flavor, they got either chocolate or peppermint spoons added to the bag! You can find my tutorial for making peppermint spoons here.

These were perfect to give to all of the children in my family as well as for my own kids’ various teachers and coaches. I even made a ‘hot drinks” basket for my parents with a variety of coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. I made four varieties to give out; peppermint, creme de menthe, sea salt caramel, and dark chocolate. I bought the cone-shaped cello bags at my local Michael’s store. While I chose the plain ones, they also come in a variety of printed designs around the holiday season. For the labels, I used sticker paper, my printer, and my old Printshop program. I found a variety of seasonal ribbons at the dollar store.

For each peppermint hot cocoa bag, I used two servings of Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix. I nestled a peppermint spoon down into the powder. Next I topped the cocoa mix with some Andes peppermint baking pieces, followed by peppermint mini marshmallows. The peppermint spoon can be used to stir the hot cocoa when the water is added. It will not fully dissolve, so it can be eaten just like a candy cane.

   

For each creme de menthe hot cocoa, I used two servings of Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix. The spoons for this bag were made from Wilton dark chocolate mint candy melts and were nestled down in the powder in the same way as the peppermint spoons. This helps to protect them from being broken. I used Andes creme de menthe baking pieces and regular mini marshmallows to top off the bag and surround and protect the top of the spoon. These spoons will have a lot of melt in the hot water, really adding to the richness of the hot cocoa.

    

For each dark chocolate hot cocoa, I used two servings of Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix. The spoons for this bag were made from Wilton dark chocolate candy melts and were nestled down in the powder just the same as the peppermint spoons. This helps to protect them from being broken. I used semi-sweet baking chips and regular mini marshmallows to top off the bag and surround and protect the top of the spoon. These spoons will have a lot of melt in the hot water, really adding to the richness of the hot cocoa.

    

Finally, I made sea salt caramel hot cocoa. Again, each bag used two servings of Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix. The spoons for this bag were made from Wilton sea salt caramel hot cocoa candy melts and were nestled down in the powder just the same as the peppermint spoons. This helps to protect them from being broken. These spoons will have a lot of melt in the hot water, really adding to the richness of the hot cocoa. I did not find any caramel pieces to add to this bag although I am sure they are out there. Instead, I topped this cocoa mix with mini marshmallows only and added a few extras to each bag to make up the difference.

 

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