When it comes to DIY Christmas gifts, it's fun to give (and to receive) both handmade decorations AND things you can drink. With these DIY Hot Chocolate Ornaments you get both!
This hot cocoa ornament craft makes a pretty and festive ornament to hang on the tree, but it's also a sweet treat in disguise.
Once the tree comes down you can pop the contents of the bulb into a big mug with hot water or milk and have a Christmassy treat!
Since the ornaments rely on their layered look, you'll need to take a little bit of care when transporting them, but I have some suggestions for that.
The best option is to use a regular cupcake pan and set one ornament in each cup to keep them upright. Even though the bulbs may be bigger than the cups in the pan, it will still help hold them in place.
For additional support you can just wrap a sheet of plastic wrap over the top.
You can choose to make either small or large hot chocolate ornaments – both look adorable and make great gifts. If you're making jumbo ornaments, you will need to fill each bulb with multiple packets of hot cocoa mix and use regular sized mini marshmallows.
If you decide to use small ornaments, then marshmallow bits will fit much better and not overwhelm your finished product! Additionally, if you are using the small ornaments you'll want to use mini chocolate chips.
We have links below if it's easier for you to order your supplies online. We have both sizes of ornaments and also both type of marshmallows!
For the peppermint you can either smash up your own candy canes, or if you want to save a step, you can use pre-crush peppermint pieces.
One last note is that since the contents can be turned into a drink, it's a good idea to wash out your ornaments before you fill them. Just be sure to dry them well!
Hot Chocolate Ornament Directions:
Clear, fillable ornaments
Instant hot cocoa mix
Candy canes, broken into small pieces or Crushed Peppermint Pieces
Chocolate chips or Mini Chocolate Chips
Mini marshmallows or Marshmallow Bits
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How to Make a Hot Chocolate Ornament:
Remove top from ornament.
Add 1-3 packs of hot cocoa mix to the empty ornament.
Add a layer of chocolate chips.
Add a layer of peppermint pieces.
Add marshmallows for last layer.
Replace ornament top.
If you like, you can finish it off by tying a ribbon around the top of the ornament.
For another fun and tasty Christmas DIY, check out our Reindeer Hot Chocolate DIY Gift Idea!