Hot chocolate gift basket in ceramic mug with cellophane and purple ribbon bow

Hot chocolate gift basket ideas

Putting together a hot-chocolate-themed basket? Looking for some hot chocolate gift basket ideas? You’ve come to the right place!

Chocolate is one of the go-to items for relatives or friends when you want to give them a treat or make them feel special. Hot chocolate is also a little more thoughtful than the standard box of chocolates. Let’s look at what makes a mix of hot chocolate and goodies a perfect gift for a mom or anyone special.

Hot chocolate gift basket in ceramic mug with cellophane and purple ribbon bow

Making a hot chocolate gift basket

Why is Hot Chocolate the perfect Gift? The aroma of the cocoa is well-loved, and the smooth and rich chocolaty drink is enjoyed by all.  Hot chocolate reflects the love, comfort, and thoughtfulness of the gift.  Chocolate, in its many forms, is:

  • Good for health and mood
  • Delicious taste
  • An inexpensive luxurious treat
  • Suitable for all ages

Nothing can beat a gift pack made with a mixture of hot chocolate and a couple of assorted little items and goodies that will impress your loved one.

Pretty hot chocolate mugs from starbucks

DIY hot chocolate kit

While you can a find hot chocolate gift set already prepared for you, it is a lot of fun to prepare your own hot chocolate kit and customize your gift pack.  You can choose what you like to add to your gift basket and let your loved one know it was created especially for them.

Here are some simple steps to create the best hot chocolate gift set:

  • Find a basket, tub, or another container to use to hold all your items. You can get a traditional straw basket, or you can get creative:
    • A festive metal basket
    • A cotton rope basket
    • A fabric basket
  • Toss in all kinds of tasty hot cocoa related items from the list above – or your own list!
  • Make some tasty, handmade treats, like these marshmallow pops:  
    • Skewer some mini marshmallows with a stick, dip it in melted chocolate and roll it in crushed candy canes. 
    • Refrigerate until the chocolate is hardened – overnight is best. 
  • Or these hand-crafted peppermint hot cocoa stirrers:
    • Unwrap some candy canes, dip them in melted chocolate and allow to cool overnight. 

Select your own favorite hot chocolate or try making your own by mixing high-quality unsweetened cocoa powder with your choice of sugar. Here’s a recipe for a single serving of hot chocolate, in case you want to include single packets. Just multiply for larger batches! 

Go ahead and get creative on preparing your own hot chocolate gift kit for someone special. Make their day with a delicious and festive treat that has the added benefit of health and mood boosters! By using some of the ideas above, you can create a fancy hot chocolate set personalized to your loved one’s tastes!

Flavoured syrups for gourmet hot cocoa

Chocolate lovers basket ideas for the holidays

During the holiday season and the chilly weather around Valentine’s Day, people are busy planning decorations and gifts. These winter holidays are all about being together and enjoying the time together. And, of course, staying warm!

A Christmas hot chocolate gift set is easy to create, and it doubles the fun during Christmas when families and friends celebrate the occasion together, staying warm by the fire with delicious cocoa.

Create your best hot chocolate basket on Christmas with:

  • A decorative hot chocolate container
  • Drinking mugs
  • Colorful, heat-resistant Straws
  • Flavorings
  • Marshmallows (packaged or homemade)
  • Candy canes
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Caramel sauce
  • Festive napkins
  • Peanut butter chocolate chips
  • Hot chocolate spoons
  • Hot chocolate on a stick
  • Chocolate hazelnut pirouettes
  • Chocolate shavings

Gifting should be easy for the person who gives and worthy for the person who receives it. If you want a simple enchanting gift to take to your neighbor and friend, a hot chocolate gift basket is cheerful, festive and cost-effective.

The cup or a container with your favorite hot chocolate mix would make a great gift for a friend. If the gift is for a family, load it up with matching mugs or, for a more cost-effective option, a sleeve of holiday paper hot cups. 

Choosing items for a hot chocolate themed gift basket

Why are chocolates considered good for all?

Chocolates are good for so many reasons. Check out some of the most notable: 

A Luxurious Treat

All melt-in-your-mouth signature chocolates produced by famous chocolatiers, whether they’re dark chocolate, cream- or rum-filled bonbons, praline, chocolate-dipped strawberries, truffles, or fudge are tempting to indulge as your choices for fine-quality chocolate.

This article gives information on the premium quality chocolates and chocolatiers in the world listed below. Many of these chocolatiers produce hot chocolates, making an affordable option for gift-giving for such premium treats!

If you are looking for a variety of fine hot chocolates, you don’t have to visit each chocolatier individually. Many of these high-quality hot cocoas are available from online retailers. You can search any way you like such as by type, maker, or price. 


There are different flavors of chocolates available to suit various craving taste buds from

  • Caramel
  • Coffee
  • Brandy
  • Chilly
  • Cookie and Cream.  

They are also mixed with nuts, plain fruits, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and more, making them even more special.

Sprinkles for a hot cocoa gift basket

A treat for suitable for all ages

When you’re looking for a gift that is perfect for the whole family, few edible treats fit the bill like hot chocolate. Unlike traditional gift baskets full of hand fruit, wine, sausages, and cheese, a basket packed with hot cocoa and related items appeal to kids and adults alike. For this reason, hot chocolate makes a perfect gift for someone special in your life, including those that provide services for your family like preschool teachers or midwives.

Gourmet hot chocolate mix in purple canisters

The gift of hot chocolate and goodies for someone special

There is a difference in buying some random hot chocolate to carefully selecting one for someone special.  The most delicious hot chocolate must be savored to enjoy its taste. 

The warmth felt in your hands as you sip through the mug of hot chocolate helps sense the taste and pleasure of having it. Your palate must breathe in the fresh aroma of cocoa, and your tastebuds begin to crave to taste the molten chocolatey deliciousness.

Some of the best hot chocolate types have been listed below.  The creamiest options of hot chocolate are featured here. 

Types of hot chocolate

  • Mexican Hot Chocolate
  • Aztec Hot Chocolate
  • French Vanilla Hot Chocolate
  • Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
  • Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate
  • Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  • Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
  • Pina Colada Hot Chocolate
  • Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate
  • White Fudge Oreo Hot Chocolate
  • Fluffer Nutter Hot Chocolate

Become creative in creating a gift pack with all the necessary ingredients for your loved ones to prepare these recipes on their own.  Your instincts can guide you on your special someone’s choice of hot chocolate.  

Add a note on how to prepare their favorite hot chocolate. The article here gives your ideas of the best hot chocolate recipes.  This can impress your special someone with your personal touch added to the gift pack.

What is the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate?

People use the terms hot cocoa and hot chocolate interchangeably. Some brands put both names in their labels to make sure they don’t miss out on any customers. However, there is a difference between the two:

  • Hot Cocoa: Is simply a mixture of sugar and cocoa powder. The drink is prepared with hot milk and is rich and sweet.
  • Traditional Hot Chocolate: It is traditionally made with ground or shaved chocolate melted into the milk. This is even richer than hot cocoa. Some fine chocolatiers still offer this original version of “sipping chocolate.”
  • Today’s Hot Chocolate: Modern companies add sugar, cream, caramel, vanilla, and cocoa powder to their hot chocolate mixes to make them indistinguishable from hot cocoa. Many major mainstream brands of hot chocolate also introduce such ingredients as corn syrup, whey, coconut oil, and artificial flavors. Hardly things you’d find in a traditional cup of hot chocolate. 

It can take a bit of an effort to find pure hot cocoa or hot chocolate mix but look for the more quality brands and check the labels – you’re likely to have some luck!


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