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How to Make Hot Cocoa on a Stick

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Hot cocoa on a stick is a fun way to make homemade hot cocoa with milk.  Hot chocolate on sticks also make great gifts for friends and neighbors.

Hot chocolate is easy to make with these fun DIY Hot Cocoa on a Stick! Just add the stick to hot milk and stir. These make great holiday gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends!

Our weather has been super cold lately – like highs in the 40s.  That’s OK, you can laugh at that.  I deal with temps well over 110 in the summer so 40 is cold for me.  We’re doing everything we can to try and stay warm like drinking every hot drink we can find! My favorite hot drinks are still cardamom coffee and chai tea, but the kids, of course, want hot cocoa. My favorite hot cocoa is still hearty hot cocoa, but often I want something a little quicker.

Hot Chocolate on A Stick

I first saw hot chocolate on a stick mentioned in a magazine with the website where you could buy it.  It didn’t seem to me that it could be all that difficult to make yourself and I was right. Talk about super easy! I used mini-muffin cups for mine, but an ice cube tray would work just fine, too.

Hot Cocoa Recipe

You probably have everything you need to make hot cocoa on a stick in your pantry right now. You need chocolate, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder. You will also need a stick.  I used lollipop sticks, which are paper, and they didn’t stand up well so I’d go for a plastic or wooden stir sticks.

Hot Chocolate on A Stick melted chocolate

Melt chocolate in a double boiler, microwave or just in a pan on the stove. We don’t own a microwave and I’m too lazy to use a double boiler so I just put it in a pan over low heat, stir and watch closely.  I used some melting chocolate, but I’m sure chocolate chips would work.  Stir in the rest of the ingredients. The mixture will be thick.

Hot Cocoa on a Stick Muffin tins

Carefully scoop the mixture in to a mini muffin tin or ice cube tray.  A cookie scoop works great for this step.  Add a stick to each one.  Allow the chocolate to firm up at room temperature.

Homemade Hot Cocoa with Milk

I did find that these make some VERY chocolatey hot chocolate so you could easily put less on the stick.

Hot Chocolate on A Stick

Hot Chocolate on A Stick


  • 1 cup milk or semi-sweet chocolate, diced up
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt


Melt chocolate in a double boiler, microwave or just in a pan on the stove.
Remove from heat once most of the chocolate is melted and stir until the rest is melted.
Stir in cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. The mixture will be thick.
Using a small cookie scoop, spoon, spatula or whatever, scoop chocolate in to mini-muffin pan or ice cube tray. This recipe made 12 mini muffin sized sticks for me.
Add a stir stick to each tin.
Allow to cool at room temperature.
Store in a plastic bag or container.
To use: Immerse stick in a mug of hot milk. Stir to combine. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Giver’s Log.

Hot chocolate is easy to make with these fun DIY Hot Cocoa on a Stick! Just add the stick to hot milk and stir. These make great holiday gifts for teachers, neighbors and friends!
This article may contain affiliate links.

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  • Miz Helen
    January 10, 2017

    I just pinned your awesome Hot Chocolate On A Stick, this will be perfect for a cold winter day. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  • Teresa
    January 6, 2017

    What a cute idea. My grandkids would love making these, and drinking the hot chocolate. We will definitely be trying them. Thanks for sharing!

  • Quinn Caudill
    January 6, 2017

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday. Happy FF! Pinned and Shared!

  • Barbara
    January 6, 2017

    Oh my gosh. This is delightful! And sounds so easy. I’ll have to try making them sometime….maybe as party treats or something. 😀

  • Cathy Kennedy
    January 4, 2017

    Stopping over from My Heartsie Girl. I hear you on the cold days. I don’t do cold very well and the next few days are going to be quite chilly in the Tennessee Valley. This looks like a fun thing to do, especially if you have kids in the house. Have a blessed and happy new year. Thanks for sharing your latest, coolest foodie fun DIY project!

  • WebMDiva
    January 3, 2017

    YUM! What an awesome idea. I’m pinning this one for sure.

    Dropping in via #TurnItUpTuesday 🙂

  • Amanda
    January 2, 2017

    These are so cute! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  • You always share such fun ideas! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up!

  • Mollie
    November 16, 2015

    Wow! What a great idea! These are going on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday!

  • Akaleistar
    November 14, 2015

    Those look really good! I bet they make great gifts 🙂

  • Deborah
    November 11, 2015

    Pinning this! My daughter will love having these at her disposal! What fun!

    • Camille
      November 12, 2015

      They are so nice to have on hand! Thanks for pinning.

  • Laura
    January 12, 2013

    So cute! That would be a great gift idea.

    My son would love to try to eat these. He isn’t a fan of hot cocoa the drink.

    • Camille
      January 13, 2013

      I’m thinking they’d be cute for a Valentine! Thanks for stopping by.

  • HungryLittleGirl
    January 12, 2013

    I love this idea! So yummy!
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – Hope to see you there again next week with more deliciousness 🙂

  • Miz Helen
    January 11, 2013

    Hi Camille,
    I can’t wait to try this treat it looks awesome. I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed the Chicken and Dumplings. Thank you so much for celebrating TWO YEARS with FULL PLATE THURSDAY, I appreciate your visit!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

  • Vanessa
    January 11, 2013

    These look yummy! Anything chocolate I love!!! Visiting from Thursday Obsession link up!’

    • Camille
      January 11, 2013

      Thanks for stopping by! I agree – chocolate is just a good idea in general. 🙂

  • Lisa
    January 9, 2013

    Awesome – will have to try once it stops being so hot here in New Zealand,

  • Emily
    January 9, 2013

    Well isn’t this a smart idea! Thanks so much for linking up with Whip It Up Wednesday. I’m pinning this so that I remember to try it!

  • Jaime
    January 8, 2013

    What a cute & clever idea!!

  • Katie Drane
    January 8, 2013

    This looks soooo good! Definitely trying your recipe:)


  • Angie -
    January 7, 2013

    Well, I know what I’m doing this weekend. These look amazing! I can’t wait to make them!

  • Clair Boone
    January 7, 2013

    Good golly you had me at the name when I saw your linky, sounds fab! Pinned!

  • Aubrey
    January 7, 2013

    What a great idea! I would love it if you’d share it with us over at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays!

  • Lisa
    January 7, 2013

    This is such a cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  • Tash
    January 7, 2013

    What an excellent idea 😀 I found you through Project Inspire Linky Party

  • Cyndee
    January 6, 2013

    Oh Yummy! I’ve never heard of this. Sounds wonderful. Do you store them in the fridge? freezer? Definitely pinning this.

    • Camille
      January 7, 2013

      You know, they really didn’t last that long around here and I gave the others away. But if it’s winter, I’d just leave them out. If it’s warmer in your kitchen, I’d put them in the fridge.

  • Bonny
    January 6, 2013

    I’ve never heard of this before, but my oldest son and I love hot chocolate, so I’m pinning and saving this recipe. We live in the South, so we aren’t happy with temps in the 40s for more than a couple of days either. In fact, after wearing pants for about two days in a row, my boys started complaining and asking when they could wear shorts again. t

    • Camille
      January 6, 2013

      Sounds about right! My daughter keeps trying to wear sundresses. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  • Regina
    January 6, 2013

    This is great! I am wondering how to make this sugar free and will have to work on it. Thank you for sharing!

    • Camille
      January 6, 2013

      I’m racking my brain on a sugar-free version! Let me know what you come up with.

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