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Cup of Love Hot Cocoa Gift

Updated on March 10, 2015
Valentine cup of love hot cocoa treat
Valentine cup of love hot cocoa treat | Source

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.

Ingredients

Ingredients for hot cocoa cup of love
Ingredients for hot cocoa cup of love | Source

Let’s start with what you’ll need to create this sweet Valentine’s treat.

 
 
 
Plastic spoons
Sprinkles or baking decorations
Chocolate chips
A mug
Sharpie and tag
White chips
Toothpicks or wooden skewers
Celophane with twist tie
Food coloring
Waxed paper
Jumbo Marshmallows
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.

Milk and white chocolate with food coloring
Milk and white chocolate with food coloring | Source

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.

Chocolate dipped marshmallows and spoons
Chocolate dipped marshmallows and spoons | Source

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!

Tips:

  • 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.

Decorated chocolate spoons and marshmallows
Decorated chocolate spoons and marshmallows | Source

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Tips:

  • 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

Cocoa, chocolate spoon and marshmallow
Cocoa, chocolate spoon and marshmallow | Source

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:

Final cup of love
Final cup of love | Source


  • Teachers

  • Spouse

  • Neighbor

  • Elderly

  • Pastor or church leader

  • Child’s classmates

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!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Congratuations on the HOTD! This sounds a good idea for a gift not only for Valentines Day.

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      James C Moore 2 years ago from The Great Midwest

      Hot cocoa is the way to my heart. I should go buy some marshmellows so I can make this drink. Good ideal for Valentines day.

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      WheelerWife 2 years ago from Minnesota

      rinkle kothari - thank you!

      VirginiaLynne - love the snowman soup idea - so cute! thanks for sharing those tips. I'll have to give 'em a try :)

      poetryman6969 - it really is! nothing better than hot cocoa on a cold day!

      janshares - thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Your hot chocolate gift basket is a winner in more ways the one, WheelerWife. Congratulations on HOTD. This is a well-done tutorial for making a really nice gift basket for anyone. It's so yummy, too. Voted up and useful.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Looks decadent!

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      Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

      What a nice idea! I make "snowman soup" for Christmas but hadn't thought about Valentines. It would be nice to give along with some cookies too. I have two tips--sometimes adding some candy melts helps the chips to melt better. Also, to add swirls of chocolate, you can melt a few chips in ziplock and then snip the corner off to make your designs. If this gets cold (hard) you can just melt it again easily. I actually sometimes just keep leftovers in my cupboard to do quick projects.

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      rinkle kothari 2 years ago

      congrats..well deserved

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      WheelerWife 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you, MySuccess8!

      sparkleyfinger - yes, great idea about adapting this for Xmas or any holiday!

      Rota - thanks for checking out my hub!

      DDE - thank you! It really is a fun treat to make and deliver :)

      Dawnie Moore - yes, definitely a cost efficient option, especially if you already have marshmallows, chocolate, or plastic spoons lying around in your pantry!

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      Dawnie Moore 2 years ago from Perth, Australia

      This is such a creative idea! I saw this post too late, but it will definitely be something I will consider next year. I think it's great to change things up every once in a while. I've always opted to buying pre-made valentine baskets, but I think this may be more cost-efficient. Especially if I have more than one valentine.

      Anyway, congrats on getting Hub of the day. It's definitely well deserved!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      What a lovely idea! This sounds fantastic!

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      Rota 2 years ago

      what a wonderfully practical idea, well presented!

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      Lynsey Harte 2 years ago from Glasgow

      Congrats on HOTD! Great idea, would be good for Xmas too!

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      mySuccess8 2 years ago

      Wonderful home-made treat for this love-filled day. Thank you for sharing this well-explained instructions and tips for creating our own lovely Cup of Love, which would be more fun than buying from the store. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      WheelerWife 2 years ago from Minnesota

      hi peachpurple - thanks for the vote and for stopping by!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this is a super cute gift for coffee and chocolate lovers, voted up

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      WheelerWife 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you, MD Muniruzzaman! You will have to let me know if your sister likes it!

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      MD Muniruzzaman 2 years ago from Rajshahi, Bangladesh

      Wow! I will recommend this article to my sister, who loves to cook. I am sure our family will enjoy Hot Cocoa. We are planning to stay with our family to enjoy this Valentine's Day. Thanks for the nice tips.