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DIY Wedding Favours – homemade hot chocolate

Fancy making 100 favours for under £30? These fabulous chocolatey favours are perfect for that winter wedding feel and cost around 25p per favour – cheap, cheerful and homemade!

DIY Wedding Favours

I saw a variation on these cute little cones on Pinterest, (I love Pinterest so much!) and thought it was such a lovely idea for our winter wedding. I added a few of my own tweaks – little thank you stickers and instruction tags – and created my own simple hot chocolate mix to give to our guests. We made around 100 little bags so that we had enough for the reception guests and some left over for the evening guests. They looked so sweet and were very well received.

I started off experimenting with a Jamie Oliver recipe for homemade hot chocolate mix and although it was delicious, it was a little too fussy and didn’t dissolve very well. I decided to formulate my own mix and after a few different versions, I came up with this simple little blend.

You can use whatever brand of drinking chocolate and malt mix you like – I used a mixture of supermarket own brand and good quality stuff, but managed to get my batch on offer. It’s worth keeping an eye out for BOGOF or special offers in the supermarkets. This also goes for chocolate, though I like to use an equal amount of dark and milk chocolate. Obviously, the amount you spend will depend on the quality of ingredients you decide to use. The chopped chocolate adds a bit of decadence to the mix and I just love the rich, toffee notes that the malt mixture brings to the party.

You will need:

  • Around 3kg of drinking chocolate
  • Around 1.5kg of malted drink powder
  • 6-8 slabs of milk and dark chocolate
  • 2 large bags of mini marshmallows
  • 100 clear cone sweet bags and twist ties


  1. Start by combining all the powder together in one, very large, bowl and give it a good stir around to make sure everything is mixed well. Chop the chocolate, making sure the chunks aren’t too big, and put these in another bowl. Use a third bowl for the marshmallows.DIY wedding favour
  2. You’ll need around 3 servings per bag, so 9 teaspoons of mixture. We found it easier to use a disposable plastic cup and fill it about a quarter of the way.
  3. To put together, add the mixture to the bottom of a cone bag and add 1 teaspoon of chopped chocolate on top and another teaspoon of marshmallows on top of that. Twist the bag tightly and use a twist tie to seal the bag.

hot chocolate wedding favour

I got a production line of my friends and family together to help me construct these which was very helpful. If it was just me, it probably would have taken a while. I had a craft afternoon where everyone helped with various bits and pieces and it was so great to involve them all.

To finish these little beauties off, why not print some little instruction / thank you tags? Ours read, “Winter Warmer” on one side and “Whisk 3 teaspoons of chocolate into warm milk and enjoy” on the other. I also bought some small personalised stickers from eBay with the date of our wedding and a thank you to our guests for coming.

You can spend as much or as little as you like on these and although they take a little work, they add such a nice personal touch.

Don’t forget to save some leftovers for yourselves!

Enjoy and good luck!



DIY hot chocolate favours

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