Reindeer Hot Cocoa

Last night our kids had a visit from our neighborhood Santa and afterwards we had a fun little treat: Reindeer Cocoa.

Santa and Mrs. Claus make visits every December and it’s always a fun holiday tradition.  Unless you’re three and then it’s torturous.  Poor Tate.

Last year we had Santa snacks after the visit and one year we had a themed sundae bar.  This year I decided to do something a bit different.

I made reindeer hot cocoa!  I love the way it turned out and it’s really simple to throw together.

The most finicky part is the antler application.  I used large pretzels and broke them off to look like antlers then used candy melt to stick them to the edges of the cups.  I did one antler at a time and propped them up in the freezer so they’d stick quickly.  Propping them up in the proper position is a bit finicky but once they’re stuck you’re set.

reindeer hot cocoa

To make the reindeer faces, I used a jumbo marshmallow and stuck the edible eyes and a cinnamon candy nose on with a dab of candy melt.  Unlike this photo, you need to make the reindeer face on the side of the marshmallow {see below} otherwise the marshmallow just tips and the face goes underwater.  A drowning Rudolph never makes for a merry Christmas.

Fill the cup up with cocoa …

reindeer hot cocoa

… and pop the marshmallow reindeer face in.

reindeer hot cocoa

There you have it: reindeer cocoa!

Isn’t that cute?  Let me know if you make some for your kiddos!

Randi Dukes About Randi Dukes

I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. Now that is adorable!

  2. You are too cute.

  3. This is soooo cute!! I love his little face! :)

  4. LOVE!!! I have a hot cocoa date with Riley as one of our activities for our Christmas Countdown. She’d love this. Riley is also 3 and still has a hard time with Santa too. She loves him from afar, but isn’t so keen on him up close.

  5. So Cute. I found you on Google. Your caption was crafter, DIYer, and Coffee. You had me at coffee. I look forward to seeing you around. I am your newest follower. Rhonda

  6. That’s really sweet, Randi. I love those Wilton candy eyes… they are so fun. Love how your mind works!

  7. Randi…that is too cute!! I am pinning this to make for my kids!!

  8. No, no, no – how do you do it – could not be any cuter!

  9. Featuring YOU today! Thank you for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    That is seriously the cutest thing ever!!!

    Ginger @

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