Cup of Love Hot Cocoa Gift
Are you searching for a special treat that isn’t your standard cardboard Valentine and pre-wrapped candy this Valentine’s Day? Perhaps you need a school gift for a special teacher, the mailman, your hairdresser or someone special in your family to warm up their day.
Valentine’s Day in February hits my home in Minnesota during the coldest part of winter and this treat is the perfect way to make something homemade to warm up your Valentines this year. This is a great homemade treat that can be adapted for any holiday or just a special weekend treat during the winter months.
Check out the step-by-step instructions below to create a cozy cup of love hot cocoa treat complete with hand-dipped jumbo marshmallows and chocolate artisan spoons all wrapped up and ready to deliver to your special someone.
Let’s start with what you’ll need to create this sweet Valentine’s treat.
Sprinkles or baking decorations
Sharpie and tag
Toothpicks or wooden skewers
Celophane with twist tie
Packets of cocoa mix
Preparing the chocolate
The first step to warming up your Valentine with this hot cocoa cup of love is preparing the chocolate for dipping your marshmallows and creating your chocolate spoons which can be placed into the mug of hot cocoa and gradually melt into a delicious, decadent beverage.
Prepare your chocolate by placing some white chocolate chips and milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or dark chocolate chips into separate mugs or bowls. Microwave for 30 seconds then stir. Microwave again in 15 second increments, stirring in between until the chocolate chips are melted into a smooth mixture.
Once your chocolate is melted you will want to work quickly because as the chocolate cools, it will start to harden and become more difficult to work with as it nears room temperature.
Add a drop of your favorite colored food coloring to the white chocolate and mix vigorously, adding more drops as needed, until you get the desired color. For this project, I created a light pink chocolate using just a single drop of red food coloring. You could adapt this project for other holidays and create red and green chocolate for Christmas, orange for Halloween, or pastels for Easter.
Dip your Marshmallows
Now that your chocolate is incorporated, let’s begin covering the marshmallows in chocolate. Jumbo marshmallows are great for this project – the bigger the better! They give you more room to decorate and get creative with the chocolate and make the hot cocoa even creamier when your recipient dips the marshmallow into the prepared cup of cocoa.
Use a small tongs or your fingers to dip half of the marshmallow into the chocolate. Dip only halfway up to make it easier to remove it from the chocolate. Slowly twist the marshmallow back and forth in the chocolate so that it easily releases as you pull it out and does not get stuck in your melted chocolate mixture.
Then, place the dipped marshmallow onto a sheet of waxed paper.
Allow the marshmallows to sit for a few minutes so the chocolate begins to set up. Then, begin decorating with sprinkles, candies, nuts, coconut or other fun toppings! For this project, I used a jar of mixed Valentine’s heart sprinkles. I also drizzled on an opposite color of chocolate over the base chocolate layer. Get creative and have fun creating new designs and patterns with the chocolate or toppings!
Dip all the marshmallows in the same color or mix up the marshmallows dipping in all different colors.
Allow each layer of chocolate to completely dry before you attempt to add more chocolate or double dip your marshmallow to prevent colors from running together and looking messy.
Once all marshmallows are dipped, you can put them in the refrigerator for a few minutes to speed up the setting process of the chocolate.
Dip your spoons
Lay out the number of plastic spoons you want to create in a line on top of a piece of waxed paper.
Using another spoon, scoop the chocolate of your color choice into the head of the spoon until filled.
Allow the chocolate to settle and set up for a few minutes as it cools.
Then, decorate the chocolate just as you did for the marshmallows above using sprinkles, candies, toppings, or drizzle different colors of chocolate over the base color that you filled the spoon with to create unique stripes, polka dots, or designs.
For my spoons, I filled every other one with milk chocolate and white chocolate then drizzled a second color of chocolate on top and decorated with the same Valentine’s Day sprinkles.
Have you ever made chocolate dipped spoons?
Just like when using more than one color of chocolate on the marshmallows, allow the chocolate to cool to room temperature for a few minutes before adding a second color to prevent colors from running together or looking messy.
Place the spoons into the refrigerator for a few minutes along with the marshmallows to allow the chocolate to set up and ensure your design or toppings do not smear or run.
Assemble your Cup of Love
Once your marshmallows and chocolate dipped spoons have set up in the fridge, you can begin to assemble your cup of love!
Start by putting a packet of hot cocoa mix into a festive mug. I used a purple mug for this project to call to mind the feminine colors of Valentine’s Day. A white, pink, or red mug would go beautifully with your chocolate color combinations as well.
Then place a chocolate covered spoon in the mug and lean to one side.
Poke a wooden skewer or long toothpick into your marshmallows. Place a marshmallow, stick side down, into the mug and lean in the opposite direction of the spoon.
If your spoon and marshmallow are sliding around, you can place a crumpled paper towel or piece of tissue paper in the bottom of your mug to help support the spoon and wooden skewer.
Then slide your cellphone over the mug, gather over the top and secure with a twist tie.
Use your sharpie to draw designs on the cellophane and write a hand written note to your Valentine that you can attach to the twist tie.
Some Valentine’s sayings to attach to your cup of love:
Are you looking for a creative saying to attach to your cup of love for your Valentine? Try some of these phrases, below that play on the spoon, hot beverage, cocoa mix concept:
“You Melt my Heart”
“Let’s Stir up Some Love/Fun”
“We’re a Great Mix”
More cute Valentine's Day Sayings
Deliver to your Valentine
That’s it! You’re all done! Now you can deliver your homemade Valentine’s Day Cup of Love to your sweethearts! Some people this treat would be great for include:
Pastor or church leader
Have you ever given out hot cocoa for Valentine’s Day?
Have you tried making chocolate dipped spoons for a giveaway or holiday?
What are your favorite Valentine’s treats to make or giveaway?
Share your own ideas in the comments section!