Hosting a holiday party, like a cookie exchange, and looking for a party favor or just looking for an inexpensive yet thoughtful treat to give to friends and neighbors? These Homemade Hot Cocoa Cubes also known as Hot Cocoa on a stick are the perfect holiday party favor or edible gift. Make plenty because these are just too cute and since they are single servings, they will go fast. This post contains affiliate links.
After seeing hot cocoa cubes at the store for over $3 a piece I decided to search for the perfect recipe to make these at home. I knew I would need at least 20 for an upcoming event, so making them was the only cheap and easy solution.
Homemade hot cocoa cones could not be simpler and you can customize them to your tastebuds. I stuck with traditional dark chocolate and adorned them with mini marshmallows and chopped up peppermint.
What You Need to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa Cubes
- Silicon Ice Cube Tray
- 4 x6 Cello Bags or Larger
- Wooden Craft Spoons
- Chocolate Bars
- Cocoa Powder
- Powdered Sugar
- Mini Marshmallows, Chopped up peppermint Candy, sprinkles etc.
Be sure to use chocolate bars and not chips for this recipe. The chocolate needs to be tempered, but really all that means is you add more chocolate to the bowl before it is completely melted.
My mixture was still a smooth yet thick consistency once I incorporated the dry with the melted chocolate.
For each batch, fill a gallon size ziplock bag with the chocolate mixture. This will make filling the ice cube tray a breeze. Simply cut the corner off and use like a pastry bag.
The Ice Cube tray I bought, makes 2 oz cubes so I filled them half way. Although I liked having the larger cavity space to add my toppings.
Sprinkle with chopped up peppermint too if you desire. Heck you can add sprinkles or whatever you want to make these your own. You can even use white or milk chocolate or a mixture of both. Next time I might even layer them for a fun affect.
Allow them to set for at least an hour. You can use the fridge or a cool space in your home.
How to store the Homemade Hot Cocoa Cubes
Since we used silicon molds, these gems just popped right out. Look how cute they are on a platter.
To give as gifts or holiday party favors, put them in a cello treat bag and use one of our free printable stickers to close them. The stickers provide you recipient with the directions on how to use these DIY Hot Cocoa Cubes. The cello bags need to be wide enough to fit the cube. We tried a few before we settled on the 4×6 size.
Find it here: Hot Cocoa Cubes label
Don’t want to deal with melted chocolate, these hot cocoa cones are a big hit as well.
DIY Hot Cocoa Cones Recipe
How to make hot cocoa cubes you melt in warm milk for a sweet party favor or edible gift
- 8 oz. high-quality chocolate, chopped. (bittersweet, semisweet, milk, and white chocolate)
- 3 tbsp cocoa, sifted
- 6-8 tbsp confectioner’s sugar
- pinch of salt
- If your chocolate is in a block, chop it into small pieces. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate slowly, being sure the water does not boil over into the top bowl with the chocolate.
- Once the chocolate is 2/3 melted, remove the bowl from the pan, continue stirring until chocolate is fully melted. I also add a few more pieces of chocolate at this time.
- Add cocoa, sugar, and salt and continue to stir until combined. The chocolate will be thicker, almost like frosting.
- Scoop chocolate into a zip-top bag and clip off the corner.
- Pipe the chocolate into your chocolate mold, tapping the mold on the counter to make sure all the chocolate settles into the mold.(If using a two ounce mold, fill only half way) Add a wooden spoon or stir stick. Add the mini marshmallows or chopped peppermint and press lightly into the chocolate.
- Let the chocolate cool either at room temperature or in the fridge if you’re in a hurry. Store in an airtight container in a cool place other than the fridge.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 289Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 7mgSodium 45mgCarbohydrates 54gFiber 1gSugar 49gProtein 3g