Handmade Valentine’s are my favorite not only to give, but to receive as well. I love when there are clever puns, handmade items, or children created Valentine’s heading our way.
This year for our Homeschool CoOp Valentine exchange, I wanted to do something different and fun for the kids. Right now hot cocoa is one of my favorite indulgences and I knew I had to come up with something created. The only struggle I have with hot cocoa is 1. it is not always dairy free and 2. when it is dairy free, it is expensive, at least store bought.
My solution to the dairy free hot cocoa packet dilemma? Make my own!
Spoiler alert for our friends, we will be sharing homemade hot cocoa Valentine’s this year. If you are interested in this, but not wanting to make your own, you can still use this printable with store-bought options.
Hot Chocolate Valentine Printable Tags
First, I created a printable tag with various options for you to choose from. The options included in this free printable include:
1. A color version, with the ingredients as listed and used in my recipe on my blog
2. A black and white version, with the ingredients listed and used in my recipe on my blog. I shared a black and white version in case your little one wanted to color the tags for their Valentine’s instead.
If you are using store bought hot chocolate packets, you can simply cut off the ingredients on the bottom of the mug in the printable.
Hopefully one these options will suit your needs. If you are assembling your own hot chocolate packets, I highly recommend including the ingredients list with your Valentine. You are more than welcome to cut off the bottom portion of the tag where the ingredients are, but I think most people would enjoy knowing exactly what is inside.
Hot Chocolate Valentine Recipe
This hot chocolate recipe is the same recipe I share in my blog post Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe and Gift Tag Download. The difference with this recipe and post, is I will walk you through how to create individual packets of hot cocoa, instead of one jar for gifting or use.
Supplies for Hot Cocoa Valentine
For this Valentine, you will need a few simple materials to assemble your Valentine.
- Glassine Bags – Glassine bags are like the little envelope style bags coffee shops give you pastries in. You can choose craft brown (here) or white (here). The size I prefer is 4″ x 6″. You can also find these at Hobby Lobby in the crafting area.
- Stickers or Decorations: This part is optional, but adds a special touch. We used heart shaped felt stickers from the Dollar Tree to seal our hot cocoa pouches. This roll of heart stickers would work well too!
- Bakers twine or red yarn: Baker’s twine adds a sweet little detail to these hot cocoa packets and is something you can secure your printable tag to. Here is red baker’s twine.
You will need these supplies in addition to the ingredients listed in the hot chocolate recipe below.
Assembling Your Hot Cocoa Valentines
When you have made the hot chocolate recipe below, add 2 Tablespoons of hot cocoa powder mix and 1/2 Tablespoon of mini chocolate chips to your glassine bags. Fold over the packet 2 or 3 times, to be sure powder cannot get out of the glassine bag. To seal it, add a sticker or decorative tape to the glassine bag. Like a package, tie baker’s twine around the glassine bag and secure the printable tag to the Valentine.
There you are, you are ready to deliver your sweet Valentines to your friends.
Dairy Free Hot Cocoa Valentine
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 3/4 cup organic cacao or cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup dairy free mini chocolate chips
- Blend all ingredients, except the mini chocolate chips, in a food processor on high for 1-2 minutes.
- Scoop 2 heaping Tablespoons of powder mix in to the glassine bag and 1/2 Tablespoon of dairy free mini chocolate chips inside before sealing.
- If you are gifting, print the tags for download and cut them out. Use a decorative ribbon or twine to secure the tag to the jar. **See blog post for detailed assembly instructions.**