DIY Holiday Hot Cocoa Candles



The chill of winter is in the air, and the holidays are just around the corner.  When I think of winter, the first thing that comes to mind is cozying up with a hot cup of hot cocoa.  There is nothing as welcoming as the smell of hot cocoa.  What if you could have that smell all the time?  What if you were a candle junkie like me?  Well, I have the perfect DIY for you!  Today, we will be making these super cute hot cocoa candles.  These would make the perfect gift or just be perfect as room decor.  This is a simple DIY that uses materials that most of you have in your kitchens!  Let’s get started, shall we?…

First off are some supplies.  You will need the following(The following links are Amazon affiliate links, but you can also find these supplies locally in your craft stores.):

Candle Wicks

Mason Jars

Vegetable Shortening


Scented Oil

Soy Wax

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First, you will need some containers for your candles as well as candle wicks.  Because we are going to be making candles out of shortening, hey need to be held in a container.  I prefer using cute holiday themed mugs, but you can also use mason jars or reuse other candle containers.  You want to make sure you are using something that is heat safe.  With wicks, the standard zinc core wicks work perfect.  If you are using shortening to make your candles, I recommend either getting a thick wick or doubling up the wicks by twisting them together.  This will ensure a decent flame.

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Next, you will need the fuel.  I am using Crisco as the base material and soy wax as the marshmallow topping.  Crisco is an interesting candle base that many have in their cupboards.  Did you know that if you stuck a candle wick in a can of Crisco that it could burn constantly for up to 48 days?  It is a great candle base for colder climates and burns longer then wax.  In a warmer climate, I would recommend sticking with either all wax or a wax and shorting blend.

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You will also need crayons(to use as coloring), or food coloring.  Finally, you will need some essential oils for the scent.  Here, I used a butter cream scent.  It smells so good!

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Ok, so first step.  My mug holds a little bit more then one cup of liquid, so I measured out one cup of shortening and added a brown crayon for the chocolate color and then half a black crayon to richen up the color a bit.  Use a microwave safe pyres container or melt the combination on a double boiler.  Heat it until melted and then mix well.  Be careful, the container can get very hot!


After melting and mixing, pour in your essential oil.  For the strongest smell, use 1 part scent to every 10 parts candle base.  I didn’t want an overpowering smell, so I used half a part to 10 parts base.


Ok, prepare your candle wick.  This is super important if you are using standard thickness wicks with a shortening base.  Vegetable and animal shortening is a dense fuel for candles, but does not have a high oxygen content like candle wax does.  If you use a single thin wick, you will have a tiny flame that looks like it will die out.  To prevent that, either buy a thicker wick or make it yourself with natural fiber rope.  If that is not an option, twist 2-3 wicks together like so.  Doing this will ensure a usable flame.

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I like to glue my wick to the bottom of the up to prevent it from floating up.  After attaching your wick, slowly and carefully pour in your candle base.  Let it cool in the refrigerator or at room temperature until it solidifies.



While the candle is cooling, lets work on the frosting!  Start by melting some of your soy wax in either the microwave or a double boiler.  Only melt it enough to liquify a portion of the wax.



Pour the partially liquified wax on top of your candle.  Looks like whipped cream!

20 Add some sprinkles and then enjoy!  Well, enjoy lighting it, not drinking it =)



If you want to make marshmallows, melt soy wax and pour it into a rectangular mold like so.

22 Cut it into rectangular chunks and then rub the edges on a cloth or your cutting board to soften the edges!  Looks almost good enough to put into smores!

24 Play around with crayon colors and scents to get the perfect candle for your liking!


Have fun and stay creative!









71 comments on “DIY Holiday Hot Cocoa Candles”

  1. Awesome and pretty DIY. Great for the holidays and even after the holidays. These candles are just that adorable.

  2. This is actually one of the coolest Christmas DIYS I’ve ever seen… they look SO real! I had no idea Crisco could be used in candles.. and that it started out as a candle ingredient. so weird!


    1. I know right! Pretty awesome how DIY can make us utilize so many out things we would have never thought of!

  3. I have to say that you have been such an inspiration for me! Ever since i was a kid i have loved to do stuff by myself! When i got older i run out of ideas, but i still had all the stuff my parents bought me. I flt so bad because they always supported me in my creativition. But now, ive started to do stuff agai, all because of you! You made all your amazing stuff and made it look so fun, that i just couldnt resist! I know you probably wont see this, but thank you!

    1. I’m so happy to hear that. That really means a lot and I really appreciate everything you said. Knowing that really motivates me to keep inspiring 🙂

      1. Wow, thankyou! Keep up the amazing work, your videos makes so many people full of creativity!! 🙂

  4. I love all your diys it has really made my life so much less stressful having things likes this to take my mind off everything and i can’t wait to make this for my favorite people for Christmas

  5. Hi,Ann!The decoration-candy and Sprinkles, are they real candy??where can buy it???Love ur DIYs very much!!!

  6. This is the cutest idea ever! I wanted to know if I could make a DIY of this on my youtube channel? I would of course give credits to you! I just thought it was such a cute idea. I hope its ok! Thanks you! 🙂

  7. im wondering what happen with the candies? do they melt or something????
    but great idea!! i love you ann!!! your such an inspiration to me <3 thank god i found this easy DIY.. 🙂
    hope you can come to Atlanta, Georgia

  8. I love all your are very creative. I also like to create things when i cant find what i want. And when i saw your videos i was very impressed and endedup watching all your videos in 1day 😀 Happy to know im not the only one who likes to create my own things 😛
    Thankyou so much for sharing all these with us.

  9. I loved it!! This is a such a nice present for christmas, my grandma will love these decorations 😀

  10. I made the peppermint marshmallow one for my mom for Christmas. I put it in a Santa mug 🙂 Such a cute idea! Next time I’m gonna use chocolate scented melts.. that would be perf.

  11. I absolutely love this DIY <3 I tried it out and now it makes my room feel and smell nice and cozy! Thanks so much!!!

  12. This is so awesome! I absolutely love this diy. My previous comment is not showing on this screen so I am kind of retyping it. This diy makes my room smell and feel cozy. Thanks so much!!!

  13. Can you use a wick roll and cut to size instead of the precut wicks? I want to make a bunch of different size ones.

  14. I’m most thankful for having an opportunity to go to school. My parents have sacrificed so much for me to come here, so I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity.

  15. Anne, i was making this diy with the exact measurements you used, but when the crisco set it was still “mushy”. The only thing different was the crisco says “New Look Same great Taste!” does this have something to do with this?

  16. Looks yummy! Better keep it out of the young ones reach. They look good enough to drink! I love it!

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