Hot Cocoa on a Stick: DIY Wedding Favors

hot cocoa on a stick We all know that things taste better on a stick, why not hot cocoa on a stick?

This recipe for hot cocoa on a stick is easy to make – and the results are delicious! You can wrap the hot chocolate on a stick with cellophane bags and give as DIY wedding favors, or simply leave them out at your dessert or beverage station.

They key is to use good quality chocolate and to make sure your milk is steaming hot before swirling the delicious blocks of cocoa.

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Recipe and Tutorial for Hot Cocoa on a Stick

(From King Arthur Flour)

Yields 25 – 36 blocks (Depending on how big you cut them. I got 25 blocks.)


  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (1 1/4 cups)
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate (chopped chocolate bars or chips)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened baking chocolate
  • wooden sticks (I used coffee stir sticks)

hot chocolate on a stick

Line an 8″ x 8″ pan with parchment paper. Heat the cream and condensed milk over low heat until steaming.

hot cocoa on a stick Remove from the heat and add the chocolate; allow it to gently melt.

homemade hot chocolate


After about 10 minutes, return the chocolate mixture to low heat to completely melt the chocolate. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is thick and shiny.

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Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan; shake the pan gently to level.

hot chocolate diy

hot chocolate homemade Smooth surface with spatula.

diy hot chocolate Sprinkle with cocoa, if desired.

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Set aside overnight to slowly set up. (I set mine on the counter overnight, then I popped it in the fridge the following morning to firm it up.) Run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn out onto a clean cutting surface. Slice into 1 ¼” cubes. Heat a knife in hot water and wipe dry before each cut, for smoothest cuts.

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Stick a wooden stick into the center of each block.

hot cocoa stick

Swirl into hot milk.

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Add marshmallows if desired. Enjoy!

hot cocoa favors

Hot cocoa on a stick will keep at at room temperature for two weeks in an airtight container. If you are making them for your wedding and you want to keep them longer, put them in an airtight container and pop them in the fridge or in the freezer, where they will keep up to 30 days.

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  1. Posted by Sarah on February 1st, 2012 at 1:17pm

    This is such a clever idea! Love it!
  2. Posted by Christina on February 1st, 2012 at 3:43pm

    Thanks Sarah!
  3. Posted by kat on February 3rd, 2012 at 1:05am

    I love..These creative alternatives to wedding reception offerings are great I am sorry that I live in San Antonio, where we may have 10 cold days, enough to be able to do this idea.what a shame!
  4. Posted by Christina on February 3rd, 2012 at 12:43pm

    Kat, I'm pretty sure there are plenty of people who would trade in their hot cocoa for only 10 days of cold weather a year:)
  5. Posted by Ann on February 8th, 2012 at 5:17am

    I love that you did lot’s of DIY – it makes your day much more personal
  6. Posted by Christy on May 30th, 2012 at 6:55pm

    Instead of coco on top, you could use crushed peppermints (or candy canes around Christmas) have mint coco...mmmmmmmm
  7. Posted by Christina on May 31st, 2012 at 10:29am

    Great idea Christy!
  8. Posted by Hillary on May 15th, 2013 at 1:43am

    How would these be packaged for a wedding? Would they melt on display?
  9. Posted by Tracey on May 25th, 2013 at 1:46pm

    I wonder, could you use an ice cube tray? I am making these for a "Pre-Camping BBQ Party" for the kids. What do you think?
  10. Posted by Christina on May 26th, 2013 at 11:28am

    Hi Tracey... not sure they would work in an ice cube tray.
  11. Posted by Katy on November 8th, 2013 at 9:54pm

    If you were to do this at a wedding reception. Could you put hot milk in a hot water dispenser? How long could the milk be in the hot water dispenser before serving?
  12. Posted by Dawn on November 17th, 2013 at 8:44pm

    Hi thre, think this recipe is genius. I am having a holiday open house and want to do this, what is the best way to keep the milk warm without burning or curdling? For maybe a period of about 2 hours

    Thanks for your help
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