The holiday season is officially upon us and you know what that means around here – DIY holiday gift ideas! We’ve always loved a thoughtful DIY holiday gift or decor idea around here, and finding ways to make those as approachable as possible so you guys can execute with ease at home during one of the year’s busiest seasons, and these DIY chocolate spoons and salted caramel spoons that are perfect for dipping in coffee or warm milk to make hot chocolate may be our favorite DIY gift idea yet! And bonus, we used a mix of thrifted antique silver spoons for ours, which I think really elevates the gift and makes it that much more special (though you can use whatever spoons suit your needs/budget and they’ll still be awesome).
I’d like to think these adorably tasty holiday treats would be pretty universally loved by any gift recipient, but they’re especially perfect for those people in your life with a confirmed sweet tooth. What I love even more is that you can customize the flavor combinations for different people in your life if you know their sweet treat vibe! For my spoons, I did a mix of milk chocolate with edible sugar pearls, white chocolate with festive sprinkles, milk chocolate with toffee bits and my personal favorite, the wild card, salted caramel! But you can amend those flavor combos or sprinkles to you heart’s desire. It would be super fun to try white chocolate with crushed candy cane for the peppermint latte or hot chocolate lover in your life, or do a milk chocolate with mini marshmallows spoon for the hot chocolate fans.
- Mix of Antique silver spoons (I think this is a cool touch for gifting purposes if you can thrift them on the cheap, but you can also use any other kind of spoons you want!)
- Milk chocolate melting wafers
- White chocolate melting wafers
- Caramel melting bits
- Colored sprinkles of choice (I use a couple kinds of festive holiday sprinkles)
- Toffee baking bits
- Coarse sea salt (I used Maldon)
- Edible white sugar pearls
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Gift tags
How To: DIY Chocolate & Salted Caramel Spoons for Coffee or Hot Chocolate
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
2. Melt white and milk chocolate wafers in microwave at 30 second intervals
3. Add caramel bits to bowl with 2 tbsp. of water and microwave for 2 minutes
4. Individually dip each spoon into melted chocolate and/or caramel, covering the end of the spoon with as much chocolate or caramel as possible. I also used another spoon to help get some of the excess off of the bottom of the spoon (while still keeping it covered with chocolate/caramel), which made it easier for me to transfer to baking sheet without dripping.
5. Set each spoon on your baking sheet carefully, trying not to move it around once placed. I also propped my spoons up on the edge of my baking sheet so the chocolate would set more “evenly” on the bottom instead of drip out toward the handle.
6. Add toppings to spoons within a couple of minutes of setting the spoons on the tray.
Here are the toppings and flavor combinations I used:
- Salted Caramel
- Chocolate with pearls
- White chocolate with red, green and white sprinkles
- Chocolate toffee
What I want to try next time:
- White chocolate with crushed candy cane
- Chocolate with marshmallows
7. Let your spoons harden on tray.
8. Once hard, wrap in cellophane lollipop bags.
9. Add bow where the handle meets the spoon.
10. Tie a gift tag n same spot as your bow, but tie it in the back of the spoon where the tie will be hidden.
*Approximately 8 months shelf life if placed in the cellophane bags.
DIY Chocolate Spoons Gift Tag
For my gift tag I used small 1.6″ x 2.75″ kraft gift tags that I grabbed at Michael’s. Then I designed a paper tag to fit those dimensions (I went slightly smaller than the size of the tag to give it a little room on the sides), printed it and simply adhered it to the tag with some double sided tape.
To Download & Print: Click the image below and a PDF of this file will open. Save that PDF to your computer and print. Make sure to maintain the original dimensions (print to 100% scale) when you print so it fits the size gift tag size mentioned above (when you print preview, the gift tag image should look pretty small compared to the rest of the page).
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