Santa & Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones (Easy Holiday Craft & Gift Idea)

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Brighten someone’s day this holiday season with these festive Santa & Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones! These also make adorable party favors and are a super easy craft to put together as most of the contents can be found at your local dollar store. To make things even easier, I’ve also included free gift tags with instructions that you can print out and attach.

How to Make Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones

Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones

Supplies for each cone:

  • 2 disposable piping bags
  • a handful of mini marshmallows
  • 2 hot chocolate packets (from the dollar store)
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 2 brown pipe cleaners
  • 1 red craft pom
  • 2 craft eyes
  • mini rubber bands (rainbow loom bands work great!)
  • hot glue gun with hot glue sticks
  • scissors
  • white cardstock
  • hole punch for printable tags
  • ribbon or twine

Easy Hot Cocoa Cones as Christmas Gifts by Hip2Save

  • Place hot chocolate inside the first disposable piping bag and tie off with a mini rubber band. Cut off excess plastic.
  • Place this first bag inside of the second bag and pour in chocolate chips.
  • Next, put in the marshmallows and tie that off with a rubber band.
  • Place pipe cleaners around the top for antlers. Glue on eyes and nose. If desired, print out the free gift tag and attach it.

Santa Hot Cocoa Cones

Supplies for one cone:

  • 1 disposable piping bag
  • 1 disposable sandwich bag
  • mini marshmallows
  • 2 packets of hot chocolate mix
  • 2 tablespoons crushed candy canes or crushed candy cane sticks
  • 1 craft pom for the nose
  • 1 craft pom for the top of the hat
  • 2 craft eyes
  • 2 mini rubber bands

How to make Santa Hot Cocoa Cones


  • Fill a disposable piping bag with a few inches of crushed candy canes.
  • Place hot chocolate mix inside a small plastic sandwich bag, twist, and tie off with a mini rubber band. Cut off excess plastic.
  • Place that bag inside the piping bag and stack mini marshmallows on top. Glue the eyes, nose, and top hat pom. Print and attach our free gift tag with instructions.

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About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 42

  1. Lily

    These are too cute! Thanks! 🙂

  2. Becky W


  3. Christie

    Does anyone know offhand how much hot cocoa 2 packets are? I was looking at the canisters since I would be making alot of these… TIA

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      There’s about 2 tablespoons per packet in Swiss Miss. They are 6 packets for $1 at dollar tree. Hope this helps. 😀

    • Erica

      We used the canisters. They were cheaper

    • Cris

      You can buy, well last year, you could buy a canister of Swiss miss for $10

  4. F

    These are adorable!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. lindsey

    Super cute!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Lindsey!

  6. Taya

    Cute and brilliant!!

  7. Tera B

    Thanks for the reminder! I tried to make these a few years ago, but couldn’t find any piping bags without a logo on them. Might be time to try again 🙂

    • Erica

      I got our bags on amazon.

    • Julie

      I ordered these bags- and they do have the Wilton logo on them. I will make the logo side the back of the bag.

  8. Jill

    These are so cute!

  9. Melissa

    Please help hip2savers!!! I’m planning on doing hot cocoa mason jars as wedding favors for my upcoming wedding and need hot cocoa mix in bulk as cheap as possible! Any ideas??

    • I Love Shopping

      Sams Club sells the giant size Swiss Miss hot coco mix.

      • Melissa

        Thank you!


      Search for cocoa recipes online. I know you can make it with cocoa powder, inst. milk & sugar but don’t know the measurements.


        Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
        This homemade hot cocoa mix recipe in a jar makes a great DIY Christmas gift idea plus there are free printable labels with mittens for winter. You can also make a big batch to serve at a party.
        This homemade hot cocoa mix recipe in a jar makes a great DIY Christmas gift idea plus there are free printable labels with mittens for winter. You can also make a big batch to serve at a party.

        Kenarry: Ideas for the Home
        Recipe from
        Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

        Make it
        Homemade hot cocoa recipe makes a great gift idea for friends, neighbors, and hostesses. This also includes free printable labels.
        Gluten free
        Baking & Spices
        1 1/2 cups Cocoa powder, unsweetened
        2 cups Powdered sugar
        1/4 tsp Salt
        1 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips, mini
        1 cup Coffee creamer, non-dairy powdered
        2 cups Powdered milk, nonfat instant dry
        1 Marshmallows, Miniature

  10. Jackie

    This is such a cute and great idea. Thanks so much Lina! This is perfect for my daughter to make for her aunts and grandmas. This will definitely make their day and I get to do a little craft with my daughter. It’s so perfect!!! Thank you very much for all your creative ideas and the time you take to share with the rest of us!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome and thanks for the sweet comment! 😀

  11. Erica

    My kids made the reindeers for the craft fair this past month. They made 75 of them and sold out :). Wish I could post a picture. With ours the nose was down at the bottom of the bag.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Wow how fun!

  12. M

    Thank you for this. I am making these for my 4th grade students (all 103 of them) and some for my son’s class. I was hoping you could have the tags read for one serving not two so I only have to use one package of cocoa mix and use milk not milk or water? I can’t budget 206 packets of cocoa mix as the directions say .Can you tell me how to adjust the writing directions on the cute tag? thank you!

  13. Taylor S

    I love these so cute definitely going to make for my friends

  14. mary k

    Just made these with my 2 and 4 year olds as Christmas gifts for extended family members at our holiday parties. They loved measuring and sampling all the ingredients. Too much fun! Thank you for the great idea. We always make gifts to exchange and this is perfect for little hands.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome! How fun, enjoy.

  15. Chelsea

    Would the hot glue not melt the bag? Or would it be better to use super glue?

  16. Lori Rojcewicz

    How far ahead of time could I make these for Christmas? I’m thinking the marshmallows are going to dry out fairly quick?

  17. Isakira

    Can I just ask… how do you then use them to make the drink? Do you have to cut a hole in the bottom of the reindeers? Surely otherwise you have to remove the other ingredients from the bag.
    They are cute though.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure I’d just do that 👍

  18. Marie Caruso

    This is such an awesome idea…looking forward to making them for my niece’s classmates this year.

  19. MaryAnn

    Does this make one cup of hot chocolate or two? And do the chocolate chips have to melt? They look so fun to make with my kids’ help!!

  20. Fran

    Hi there,
    What can I use if I have trouble getting hold of piping bags?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hmm that would be the best option I have seen. Don’t forget to check any craft stores in the cake supplies too or online.
      I’m guessing a clear freezer bag cut into a triangle could work?

    • Rose

      Michael’s sales triangle treat bags 25 for $1.79. I just bought some today.

      • sharon brotz

        i used these too instead of piping bags because they were crystal clear and i thought would look better. the only problem is the crushed candy canes kept slitting the bags and break open

  21. rachael blomiley

    I made these with my 7th graders at school – they were a HUGE hit!! Thanks sooooooooo much for the cute idea!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      OHHH YAY!! So fun! Thanks for telling us! Merry Christmas 🎄

  22. Joyce

    Can you please tell me how far in advance can I make these for Christmas?

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