DIY Hot Cocoa Favors
Jessica made hot cocoa favors for her wedding with the outstanding total cost of 35 cents per favor. The final product shot was retaken, but don’t let it fool you – read on to check out Jessica’s tips on how to achieve this yummy favor for so little. So timely for fall weddings!
What you’ll need:
– 100, 12″ Disposable Decorating Bags (x3)
– Chocolate powder (x2 from Costco or Sam’s club)
– 75 teeny, tiny hair ties (x2)
– Marshmallows bags (x4)
– Twine (x1)
– Favor tags (optional: download printable tag)
Step 1: Cut decorating bags around 6.5″
Step 2: Fill bag with 2 tablespoons (or whatever your chocolate powder suggests) with chocolate.
Step 3: Use the teeny, tiny hair tie to close off the chocolate. (You may need to cut the access bag after tying it off. The picture below, for example, should be cut so there’s just about a 1/2 inch of bag showing after the hair tie.)
Step 4: Insert chocolate filled cone into another decorating bag; make sure seams line up.
Step 5: Scoop out a 1/4 cup of marshmallows and poor into decorating bag on top of the chocolate cone.
Step 6: Tie a piece of ribbon, yarn, or string above the marshmallows. You need to make this tight so the marshmallows don’t dry out. I tied it into two knots.
Step 7: After string is secure around bag, add your favor tag and tie it into a pretty bow.
Step 8: Repeat as many times as necessary.
And there you have it, a quick, easy, and affordable wedding favors that are perfect for fall and winter weddings!
Adorable presentation! It would cost even less (and be even more tasty!) with a homemade cocoa mix. It’s incredibly easy to do, and tastes so much better than just about anything I’ve bought. (Maybe super expensive Godiva mix has an edge on my recipe. Maybe.)
GENIUS! and perfect for fall/winter!!
@Nicole – well, can we have that homemade cocoa mix recipe?? 🙂
This is a fantastic idea and looks so freaking cute!! One small improvement I would make is to use the cone shaped cellophane bags available out there instead of decorating bags. they are thinner and will have a nicer appearance in the end, I would think.
Oh, my! What a great and sweet idea! My fiance and I are going to have a zero budget little wedding reception. We still want to make it cute and let people know that we put our hearts on it. We might do this =). Thanks for sharing!
super simple and sweet!
so easy! i think my work friends would love me if i did this 🙂 thanks for the idea!
I’m so honored and excited to have my favors featured here! We worked really hard on getting all of the materials at the cheapest and best price, too!
This would also be great filled with chai, cider, or even lemonade for a spring/summer wedding!
@Nicole – We priced out everything and to make our own hot cocoa mix for as many cones that we were making (around 200!) it would have been a lot more expensive in the long run, so buying it pre-made was our best option. But by all means, if you have the funds and the ingredients handy, that’d be great!
@Jamie – I actually looked for cone-shaped cellophane originally and we couldn’t find any, but we did find plenty of decorating bags and they seamed to do the trick! I also liked the the decorating bags were a little more sturdy than I think cellophane would’ve been.
Here’s the recipe I use:
Jessica–you must have found a great deal on cocoa, then! I’ve never found anything that comes close to beating the price of our homemade.
I love this idea! I drink hot chocolate all year round!
What a cute and fun idea!!
I would’ve bought the pre-made mix also. The price difference probably isn’t big enough once you’re buying in bulk. But these are great idea!
Really wish I had seen these before my wedding! They’d still be great favors to give out at a Christmas party. Either way, brilliant and budget friendly idea!
I love this idea! It looks like it’s easy to do, inexpensive, and the wedding guests get to take home something fun and yummy!
I agree with Layla…these would make a fun Christmas party favor as well!
I love this idea! They are absolutely adorable!
I love this idea! It would be perfect as a quick stocking stuffer or Christmas gift, too. I know Jess and she is so creative- she definitely deserves to win!
Love this DIY favor. So cute!
I love how sweet and versatile this favor is. I love receiving a favor that is actually usable and even better, one I could share with someone I love.
Oh wow! What a cute idea!!! This could work for not only weddings but baby showers and other Fall/Winter themed parties or get togethers. I love the idea of this as a place card. Great idea!!!
So adorable! I’m going to use this idea for a fall party!
WHY HAVE I NOT RECEIVED ONE OF THESE! I wish I thought to do these for my wedding. I might have to have a holiday party now and give these as favors! GREAT idea!
This is so original. I just love it. Bravo!
These are wonderful! So so cute for presentation purposes, and also a tasty treat!!!
what a cute idea for a unique wedding favor! coffee and food favors are great ideas for a fall wedding especially!
Where did you find the bags? I love this idea esp. for a winter wedding!!!!
I love this idea, and, I am going to use it. I am getting married on Jan. 8th, 2011. I can’t wait to give these out. Finaly a wedding favor people will use.. I was also thinking tea with cin. sticks. But not sure on that yet. @ Courtney, you can find the bags at Walmart in the baking section. It is usually near the craft stuff.
I love this idea. I will be using it for favors for my grandsons birthday at the end of the month. I have left over cone shaped bags I used from another craft project. For anyone who wants to purchase the cone shaped bags I found them at papermart.com and nashvillewraps.com.
I love this idea I will be using it for my 11-11-11 wedding!!!!Thanks for helping me save some money :)!
These are great and seem SO easy. I was in a jam thinking of a practical favor my September wedding. These are perfect. I think I’ll print up a little poem or saying on one side of the tag and then a “Thank you from the bride & groom” sort of thing on the other side. These are wonderful, so creative. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
What a great idea.. They even have those really big strawberry or vanilla marshmallows that would be super cute.. and you could add in some snowcaps or chocolate pieces.. hmmmmm?
I am purchasing 1,000 of them from papermart.com. I only need 200 for my wedding. Paper mart sells them by the case of 1,000, only! So if anyone want to buy some I have a ton for sell and I’ll give you the best deal. email@example.com
I’m so glad I found this. I’m planning an ice skating party for my daughter and this will be the perfect favor!
I LOVE this! We are going to make these for our winter wedding. I think we are also going to also tie a miniature candy cane with the favor tag for a holiday touch. Thank you so much for sharing!
Does anyone know how far in advance I can make these favors?
Sorry everyone. I have SOLD OUT. I suggest if you guys need these I was very successful buying them in bulk from papermart and selling them for an awesome price from fellow Ruffled readers and on amazon.com. Goodluck.
Same question as Crystal on Oct 30th…I am making these for one year’s b day SNOWFLAKE party to give out to 50 guests..how far in advance can I make this? A week or two? Thanks!
DEFINITELY making these for my wedding Dec 3rd… they’re PERFECT!
I’m making these for my wedding 12-1-12, our theme is winter wedding!! Just an FYI to everyone, Michaels has the disposable bags 100 count for 19.99 online you can find a 40% coupon making 100 bags 12 bucks!! Also if you go to Meijer.com they have Nestle Hot Cocoa serving 156 for $23.72!! Good luck everyone!!
I have 80 of these made that I am selling for $100. It will save you time and $$$$. We used these for our wedding and people LOVED them! They are a great favor that people will actually use! Mine come with black and pink ribbon bows on them with “our warmest thanks” on the front and a recipe on the back. Email me at Karirud_7385@yahoo.com if interested!
Also, just a note. The ones I made have a layer of chocolate chips between the cocoa bag and the marshmallow for an added touch!
Instead of adding Chocolate Chips try Mint Flavored Chips or crush up peppermints.
I just did 50 of these for a wedding the other night. We used the Wilton bags, and covered the Wiltonn emblem with valentine stickers. Then a cup of cocoa, 1/4 cup of chips, 1/4 c mini marshmallows, and we crushed peppermint candies and added 1/4 cup of those to finish it off. Tied with label w/ a special msg from the bride and groom and a beautiful ribbon. After it was all done, we thought we would probably have used less than a cup of the chocolate though. Seemed like a lot for one serving.
Great idea though.
how far in advance did you make these favors?
What a simple yet brilliant idea! I always end up putting together a homemade hamper for my sister at Christmas – one each of these for her and her family will be going in it this year:-)
How far ahead of time can these be made?
I’d also like to know how far in advance you can make these? More for the marshmallows lasting….
Does there have to be 2 separate bags or can all the ingredients go into the same bag?
Hi, I was wondering, if you have instructions on how to make the hot chocolate or do you just combine all the ingredients add hot water and drink it????