Learn how to make chocolate spoons for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or any other holiday! They’re perfect to serve at kid’s birthday parties or as a craft they can make themselves on the big day. Stir them into hot chocolate, coffee, or espresso, or give them as homemade gifts. They’re incredibly simple and always impressive!
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The first time I made this chocolate spoons recipe was for Valentine’s Day in 2012. My girls were very young and a few of my girlfriends were coming over for a pre-Valentine’s Day glass of wine and evening playdate. The chocolate spoons were a big hit with both the kids and the adults (I mean, who wouldn’t love chocolate on a spoon?) and it’s become a tradition ever since.
How do you use a chocolate spoon?
Chocolate spoons are perfect for stirring into coffee, hot chocolate, espresso, or a small amount of hot milk. They turn a cup of coffee into a delicious mocha and add rich chocolate flavor to ready-made hot cocoa. The chocolate can also be enjoyed right from the spoon to your mouth! They’re always a hit at birthday parties and are also a great “craft” for all of the kids to make together.
Ingredients needed for chocolate dipped spoons
- Spoons (plastic or traditional spoons; see further down for more details)
- High-quality chocolate (both white and dark chocolate if you’d like to make swirls)
- Toppings: sprinkles, mini-marshmallows (cut them in half and add them cut-side down), crushed candy canes, chopped nuts, or edible glitter
How to make chocolate spoons
DIY chocolate spoons are extremely simple to make. Make sure the spoons are clean and dry, then set them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Set the handle of the spoons on the edge of the pan to make the well of the spoon level (if the edge is too high, try the handle of a wooden spoon or something similar).
Melt the chocolate and pipe the chocolate onto one of the spoons. Immediately add any toppings, then repeat the process with the remaining spoons. Allow them to set at room temperature until the chocolate has completely cooled and hardened.
I’ve also seen people make these by dipping spoons in chocolate, which works (and I’ve tried it), but I prefer piping the chocolate instead. This way, no chocolate is on the back of the spoon to get messy and you end up with more chocolate by using the piping method. But you can definitely give dipping them a try; you might prefer it!
My favorite design is to use both dark and white chocolate and add little swirls before adding sprinkles or other toppings. To do this, fill a spoon with either white or dark chocolate, then add a small dot of the opposite chocolate. Using a toothpick, drag it through in a swirl pattern or circle. It’s so pretty!
Tips for making chocolate spoons
- If you’re giving these as a gift, try wrapping them in little cellophane bags. They’re also gorgeous as a set placed in a mason jar then wrapped in cellophane. Or use these tall mugs – they’d make a great homemade gift with a set of chocolate spoons inside!
- Use high-quality chocolate. There’s basically only one main ingredient, so make sure it shines.
- Work quickly once you’ve spooned the chocolate onto the well of the spoon. Doing one spoon at a time works best, especially if you’re doing swirls with another chocolate. It hardens quickly, so doing each one will make sure they’re easy to work with and look their best.
- They’ll work for any holiday, just use different colored sprinkles, such as orange and white for Halloween, red, green, and white for Christmas, or red, pink, and white for Valentine’s Day. All three of those holidays are during hot chocolate season, too!
What kind of spoons should I use?
For the spoons themselves, you can use any kind of spoon you like. Disposable spoons are inexpensive and they come in bright colors and you can match your sprinkles for a major color pop. These would be perfect for classroom gifts, a kid’s birthday party, or if you just want a splash of bright colors. This set comes in many different colors.
If disposable spoons aren’t your thing or you’re looking for something a bit more elegant, pick up some antique spoons at thrift stores. They’re usually inexpensive and you can find some gorgeous sets if you keep your eyes out for them. Check Etsy as well; I came across this pretty set of 4 teaspoons for $16. They’d make a wonderful handmade gift for about $20! This mismatched set of 8 are adorable, too.
There are also some gorgeous spoons available on Amazon that fall somewhere between vintage and plastic. These gold spoons with a blue design on the handle are very pretty, as are these silver floral spoons (they come in gold, too). For something more modern with a lot of color, you might like this set of round teaspoons with long handles.
Variations for chocolate spoons
- Hot Chocolate spoons While there isn’t quite enough chocolate on these spoons to make hot chocolate if it’s stirred directly into milk, it is a great way to deepen the chocolate flavor of ready-made hot chocolate. I love to make a batch of hot chocolate and serve it with a few different types of chocolate spoons, such as peppermint or with some tiny marshmallows as the topping.
- Peppermint spoons These make wonderful hot chocolate spoons for anyone who loves a good peppermint cocoa. To make them, simply used finely crushed candy canes as your chocolate topping in place of sprinkles or use Andes Mints in place of the chocolate. Another idea is to use these peppermint candy cane spoons as the spoons themselves!
- Peppermint sticks It’s possible to skip the spoons altogether and just dip tall peppermint sticks into chocolate, then add sprinkles if you’d like. It’s not the same as chocolate spoons but it makes for a delicious hot cocoa!
Where can I buy chocolate covered spoons?
I highly suggest making chocolate spoons yourself as they’re incredibly simple and much cheaper than if you buy them. This set of 6 plastic chocolate spoons goes for almost $10 on Etsy! This set of 12 peppermint spoons comes in at $17.99, and there are plenty of other options on Etsy if you’d prefer to just have some shipped to your doorstep. Or heck, make them yourself and open up your own Etsy shop!
You can also buy spoon molds that will make an entire spoon out of chocolate (they also sell them already made). They’re adorable and although admittedly I haven’t used them personally, it seems like the chocolate would melt all over your hands when stirring them. If you’ve used them, please let me know how they turned out for you or if you’ve found a unique way to use them!
How to store chocolate spoons?
After they’ve cooled completely, store them in an airtight container for up to two weeks. I’ve kept them longer than that but the chocolate starts to look a little old after that point. I try to make them the day before I’m giving them as gifts so the recipient has some time to enjoy them, but I’ve made them as far ahead as a week before a party. They go fast so you likely won’t have any left!
If you’re looking for similar edible gift ideas, try these Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods or these Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Make them together for an incredible homemade gift for someone special!
- 24 standard-sized spoons
- 16 oz high-quality chocolate, chopped into small pieces (use a combination of white and dark if you're planning on making swirls)
- Toppings: Sprinkles, crushed candy canes, chopped nuts, edible glitter, or mini-marshmallows (cut them in half and add them cut-side down
Make sure the spoons are clean and dry, then set them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Set the handle of the spoons on the edge of the pan to make the well of the spoon level (if the edge is too high, try the handle of a wooden spoon or something similar).
Place the chocolate in a small microwave-safe dish. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir well. Continue this in 30-second increments until the chocolate is almost melted but is not melted completely (reduce the time to 10-15 seconds as you go if necessary). Once the chocolate pieces are all almost melted but there are still a few pieces that remain, stir the chocolate vigorously until it's completely melted and smooth.
Place the chocolate into a piping bag (or just use another spoon for this step, although piping it looks the best and is less messy). Pipe the chocolate onto the well of a spoon. If you're making swirls, pipe the opposite colored chocolate in very small dots onto the chocolate, then make swirls using a toothpick.
Immediately add any toppings, then repeat the process with all the remaining spoons.
Allow the chocolate spoons to set at room temperature until the chocolate has completely cooled and hardened.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g
This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.