Mar 11, 2010

DIY Hot Cocoa Cone Favors

I wanted to post this before the wedding, but I also didn't want to ruin the surprise for any guests who may read this blog.

We had a hard time justifying the cost of including favors at our wedding. Simply put, they're really, really expensive for something that typically gets thrown away. I wanted something that would fit with our wedding and that would actually be (hopefully) used after our guests went home.

After searching and searching, I finally found these Hot Cocoa Vials and fell in love.

Everything was perfect until I priced everything out for the above DIY favor and found they'd cost around $1 per favor, which would come out to around $150 and that's way more than we wanted to the search continued.
Then I found Hot Cocoa Cones...
PERFECT! I found several different tutorials on how to make them, so I set out to make our own.

Armed with lots of TV shows and my mom to help me out, we made our favors for less than $.40 each and in under 10 steps. Wanna know how we did it? Read on:

Cast of Characters (to make 150 cones)

(3) 100, 12" Disposable Decorating Bags (bought these from Michaels using their 40 and 60% off coupons - regularly $19.99)
(2) Nesquick chocolate powder (we got ours from Costco for around $6)
(2) 75 teeny, tiny hair ties ($5)
(4) Marshmallows (from Walmart, $1 each)
Yarn (Michaels for $2.50)
Favor tags
Total spent: (around) $56. We made 150, so they came out to $.37 each!

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 cheap DIY favor or Christmas gift!


  1. So Cute! I really like as a Christmas gift idea!

  2. Definitely a cute idea! We are being lame, and going with candy in a tiny drawstring bag. ;) I have to agree with the person above me, though, and say for a christmas gift those would be adorable too!

  3. I love this! I so prefer edible favors!

  4. I love this! I so prefer edible favors!

  5. Those are really cute...I'm going to bookmark this post for a Christmas Craft swamp we do each year :)

  6. I love the way they turned out! Seriously - .37 each! You are a DIY goddess!

  7. Oooh decorating bags!!! That's genius. What a great idea. I jsut clicked over from DIY Bridal Files and I'm so glad I did. I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

  8. I love the lables! where did you find them?

  9. i am definitely linking to this in a future post!

    she said yes!

  10. I am soo grateful for your help. I am using this concept but making lemonade cones for my daughters communion! does anyone know where I can find the template to make the tags?
    Thank you

  11. Where did you get your labels from?

    1. Hi! I'm sorry, but i created the tag several years ago on Word! I just looked, but I don't have it anymore :(

    2. That's ok! Thanks for checking!


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