Ever since having kids, the number of people who we give holiday presents to has grown exponentially. Between all of their teachers, their friends, our friends, our family, our babysitter (and more!), there are TONS of people who we want to express a little extra thanks to this year.

The cost of presents has also grown quite a bit, causing us to look for creative, and cost-efficient gifts that will still be loved by all.

Given that one of our family’s favorite winter beverages is hot chocolate, we decided to make homemade hot chocolate on a stick gifts (aka hot chocolate dippers or hot chocolate stirrers.)

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They couldn’t have been easier to make and my kids had so much fun letting their creativity run wild making them. There is little to “mess up” so even my 2-year-old was able to participate and make hot chocolate sticks that looked quite decent!

Finding a gift that the kids could be involved in was important to me as I wanted them to be apart of the process in expressing our appreciation for others.


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Make your own homemade hot chocolate on a stick with these everyday supplies.


Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Continue to heat in 30 second increments (stirring in between) until chocolate is melted and smooth.

The first step in making hot chocolate on a stick is to place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat.

Scoop melted chocolate into mini-muffin tray or ice cube tray. 

Consider the size of your freezer and how much space you may have to freeze your hot chocolate sticks. If space is limited, I’d suggest using an ice cube tray.

To make hot chocolate on a stick, scoop your melted chocolate into mini muffin trays.

Decorate the top with mini-marshmallows, crushed candy canes, and sprinkles. Let your creativity run wild!

Decorate the top of your hot chocolate on a stick with sprinkles, marshmallows, and crushed candy canes.

After decorating, place a wooden stick (or plastic spoon) inside the middle of the chocolate.

Place wooden sticks or spoons in your hot chocolate stirrers.

Freeze for 20- 30 minutes or until chocolate is hardened.

Place a wooden stick or plastic spoon in your hot chocolate on a stick.

After chocolate has hardened, remove from freezer and pop out of mini-muffin tray or ice cube tray. You can do this by gently pulling on the stick. (They should slide right out.)

Pop out your hot chocolate on a stick when the chocolate has hardened.

Place in clear treat bag and decorate with a ribbon.

Place hot chocolate stick in a clear treat bag and decorate with a ribbon.


Hot chocolate stick dippers

Stir the hot chocolate on a stick with warm milk until it dissolves. Top with additional marshmallows if desired. (Note: water does not work well with these; you want to use milk!)

To consume, place your hot chocolate on a stick in a mug of warm milk and stir until dissolved.


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