Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Sticks – The PERFECT Christmas Gift!

When it comes to hot chocolate sticks, the possibilities are literally endless. Think of all the flavour combinations or toppings you could use! And guess what? You can absolutely make vegan and gluten free versions of these without even breaking a sweat. These hot chocolate stirrers are honestly the most perfect homemade Christmas gift EVER! Want to know more? Read on my friend…

Hot chocolate sticks topped with fudge pieces and marshmallows surrounded by gold curling ribbon

Someone once told me “Time is the most valuable thing you ever get. You can’t buy more and you can never get it back.” It’s a phrase that’s always resonated with me. This is why I love homemade gifts as I feel like, if you take the time to make something for someone, it’s so much more precious than a big expensive gift could ever be.

With that in mind, I’ve been trying to think of super easy (and not too expensive) homemade Christmas gifts that you can make for your loved ones this year. Whether you’re trying to cut back on spending or just want to show someone how much you love them, these hot chocolate sticks really are the perfect homemade gift!

White hot chocolate stick topped with fudge pieces

Are hot chocolate sticks expensive to make?

They don’t have to be expensive at all! I’ve tried making these with the cheap supermarket own brand bars of chocolate and they’ve still been really delicious. Do bear in mind that, whatever chocolate you decide to buy, will be the dominant overall flavour. So make sure it’s one you/your loved ones really like.

As for the equipment, (wooden teaspoons/lollipop sticks, cellophane wrap, curling ribbon etc) all of it can be bought from places like eBay or Amazon very cheaply. 

Hot chocolate sticks topped with fudge pieces and marshmallows surrounded by gold curling ribbon

What chocolate can I use?

Any chocolate you like! If you can melt it, you can use it. I do recommend using the best quality chocolate you can afford though as that’s what is going to give the hot chocolate all it’s flavour. You could even use your favourite brands of chocolate to make them really special. (i.e. Galaxy, Dairy Milk etc)

Milk hot chocolate stick topped with mini marshmallows

 

What flavour hot chocolate sticks can I make?

Now this is a seriously fun question! Here are some that I am desperate to try…

  • Galaxy chocolate topped with little white chocolate stars
  • Dairy Milk chocolate topped with white chocolate buttons
  • Terry’s Chocolate Orange topped with mini segments
  • Melted Maltesers with a handful of Maltesers in the bag for topping
  • Melted Mint Aero topped with chopped Mint Aero pieces 
  • Milk chocolate topped with Reese’s peanut butter chips
  • Bourneville Chocolate Orange topped with marshmallows
  • Lindt Lindor topped with marshmallows
  • Kinder bar topped with chopped Kinder bar

 

Hot chocolate sticks topped with fudge pieces and marshmallows surrounded by gold curling ribbon

What toppings can I use?

Ideally you want to try and use things that will melt. Here are a few ideas…

  • Milk chocolate buttons
  • White chocolate buttons
  • Maltesers
  • Marshmallows
  • Fudge Pieces
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Reese’s peanut butter chips
  • Chopped chocolate
  • Chocolate jazzies

 

White hot chocolate stick topped with fudge pieces

How long do hot chocolate sticks keep for?

These will easily last for 2 – 3 weeks once wrapped. And if you don’t use marshmallows? They’ll last even longer! Marshmallows harden over time once taken out their packet. So if you want a really long shelf life, stick to things like fudge pieces, chocolate buttons or Reese’s peanut butter chocolate chips.

Hot chocolate sticks topped with fudge pieces and marshmallows surrounded by gold curling ribbon

I don’t need 12, how much chocolate do I need to make 1 hot chocolate stick?

You will need about 50g chocolate per stick, plus whatever you are going to top it with.

Milk hot chocolate stick topped with mini marshmallows

What can I use as a mould?

Of course you can use all kinds of crazy expensive silicone moulds but honestly? I like to use small fromage frais yoghurt pots. You know, those cute little ones that toddlers eat? (i.e. petit filous). They’re SO much cheaper plus you get free yoghurt! Just make sure you wash them well before you use them.

Hot chocolate stick wrapped in cellophane and tied with gold curling ribbon

Can I make vegan / gluten free hot chocolate sticks?

Absolutely! It’s much easier than you think too. There are plenty of vegan and gluten free chocolates available now and not all of them are super expensive either. For example, you could use Bourneville Dark Chocolate Orange topped with vegan mini marshmallows – YUM! A lot of supermarket own brand dark chocolate is accidentally vegan too. Remember to always check the labels though, especially if you are making hot chocolate sticks for people with allergies.

White hot chocolate sticks topped with fudge pieces

Tips for making hot chocolate sticks

  • Do NOT forget to lightly oil the yoghurt pots before filling them with melted chocolate! If you don’t, you will really struggle to get them out.
  • Use the best quality chocolate you can afford. The chocolate is what gives all the flavour, so make it count!
  • Try using your favourite brands of chocolate. (Galaxy, Dairy Milk, Mint Aero etc)
  • Bear in mind that white chocolate will be very sweet, milk chocolate less so but still quite sweet and dark chocolate will be a more rich flavour.
  • Make up to 2 weeks in advance for cute Christmas / Valentines gifts.
  • Get the kids involved and let them write the tags. This will make beautiful homemade gifts for family.

 

Hot chocolate sticks topped with fudge pieces and marshmallows surrounded by gold curling ribbon

Other homemade Christmas gifts you might like

 

Hot chocolate sticks topped with fudge pieces and marshmallows surrounded by gold curling ribbon

Easy Hot Chocolate Sticks Recipe

Here is what you will need to make 12.

(For a printer friendly version, see the recipe card at the end of this post)

  • Flavourless Oil (such as sunflower or vegetable), for greasing
  • 300g (10.5 oz) White Chocolate
  • 300g (10.5 oz) Milk Chocolate
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Fudge Pieces

 

Essential Equipment

  • 12 Fromage Frais Yoghurt Pots (i.e. Petit Filous)
  • 2 x Microwavable Bowls
  • 2 x Disposable Piping Bags
  • 12 Wooden teaspoons or lollipop sticks
  • 12 Gift Tags
  • Clear Cellophane Wrap
  • Curling Ribbon

 

First and most importantly lightly grease each yoghurt pot with a little oil and set to one side until needed. I find it easiest to use my fingers rather than a pastry brush.

Empty petit filous yoghurt pots and small wooden teaspoons

Now break the white chocolate (300g | 10.5 oz) into a microwavable bowl and the milk chocolate (300g | 10.5 oz) into another microwavable bowl. For the white chocolate, heat in 10 second intervals in the microwave. Make sure you stir well between each time. When it’s two thirds melted, stir until it’s completely melted and smooth. Repeat for the milk chocolate.

Two bowls, one with melted white chocolate and the other with melted milk chocolate

Fill each greased yoghurt pot with metled white or milk chocolate to about two thirds full. (I prefer to use disposable piping bags for this job as it’s less messy.)

Melted milk chocolate in a disposable piping bag

Melted milk chocolate in small yoghurt pots

Once the pots have chocolate in, carefully push a wooden teaspoon or lollipop stick into the middle of each one. The chocolate should hold them in place.

Melted milk chocolate in small yoghurt pots with wooden teaspoons pressed in the middle

Melted white chocolate in small yoghurt pots with wooden teaspoons pressed in the middle

Time for the fun bit! The toppings. Top some with mini marshmallows and others with mini fudge pieces. Try and squeeze in as many as you can but try not to push them into the chocolate – keep them on the top.

Hot chocolate sticks topped with mini marshmallows and fudge pieces, ready to be put in the fridge to set

If you need to, re-centre the wooden teaspoons/lollipop sticks so they’re straight and in the middle. Then place them into the fridge to set completely for around 3 – 4 hours. (Overnight is fine too.)

When they’re completely set, carefully pull them out the yoghurt pot moulds. Now you’re ready to gift wrap!

Milk and white hot chocolate sticks with tags, cellophane and curling ribbon, ready to be wrapped.

How to gift wrap hot chocolate sticks

  • Write “Stir me into 200ml of hot milk” on each of your gift tags.
  • Place a hot chocolate stick into the middle of a square of clear cellophane wrap.
  • Thread a tag through some curling ribbon and bunch up the cellophane wrap around the hot chocolate spoon/stick.
  • Tie the curling ribbon/tag tightly round to secure it.
  • Trim and curl the ribbon.
  • Repeat for all remaining hot chocolate sticks.

 

White hot chocolate sticks topped with fudge pieces

Tadah! You now have the cutest most delicious homemade gifts EVER! You should definitely keep one of two back for yourself though. I mean, all that making is thirsty work! Plus I guarantee you’re going to love them too…

Milk hot chocolate stick topped with mini marshmallows

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Will you be gifting some beautiful hot chocolate sticks this Christmas? I’d love to know if you are! Send me your pics and comments on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram or email me at misskitchenmason@gmail.com.

 

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Hot chocolate sticks topped with fudge pieces and marshmallows surrounded by gold curling ribbon

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Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Sticks

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Sticks

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

These indulgent hot chocolate sticks are the perfect Christmas gift! With endless flavour possibilities and vegan/gluten free options, they're not only easy to make but suitable for everyone.

Ingredients

  • 300g (10.5 oz) White Chocolate
  • 300g (10.5 oz) Milk Chocolate
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Fudge Pieces

Essential Equipment

  • 12 Fromage Frais Yoghurt Pots (i.e. Petit Filous)
  • 2 x Microwavable Bowls
  • 2 x Disposable Piping Bags
  • 12 Wooden teaspoons or lollipop sticks
  • 12 Gift Tags
  • Clear Cellophane Wrap
  • Curling Ribbon

Instructions

  1. Grease each yoghurt pot with oil.
  2. Break the white and milk chocolate into separate bowls. Heat each one in 10 second intervals in the microwave, stirring well after each time. When two thirds melted, stir until thoroughly melted.
  3. Pour the melted white chocolate into one disposable piping bag and the melted milk chocolate into the other.
  4. Fill each pot to two thirds full and push a wooden teaspoon/stick into the middle.
  5. Top half with mini marshmallows and half with fudge pieces. Re-centre the spoons/sticks if necessary.
  6. Set in the fridge for 3 hours (or overnight).
  7. Carefully remove hot chocolate sticks from the yoghurt pots.
  8. Write "Stir me into 200ml of hot milk" on each tag and thread curling ribbon through each one.
  9. Wrap each hot chocolate stick in clear cellophane wrap and secure with the curling ribbon/tag.
  10. Repeat for each hot chocolate stick.

Notes

  • Hot chocolate sticks with marshmallows will last for up to 2-3 weeks. Sticks without marshmallows will last much longer.
  • For a vegan option, use vegan chocolate and top with vegan marshmallows.
  • This should be naturally gluten free but please check the labels for allergy purposes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 167 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 27mg Carbohydrates: 20g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 19g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
Nutritional information on kitchenmason.com should only be used as a general guideline, I am not a certified nutritionist. Please always check labels for allergens where applicable.

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2 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Sticks – The PERFECT Christmas Gift!”

  1. kerrie-anne says:

    amazing!! I may do this for wedding favours!!! how is best to store them until the big day?

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      That’s such a great idea! I’d LOVE this as a wedding favour:) I’ve kept some in a metal container at room temperature and they’ve been absolutely fine. Hope that helps, Emma x

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