Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix recipe is more than just a recipe! Layer these ingredients in a jar and you have yourself a last-minute DIY Christmas gift!
This is such a beautiful and stunning little gift in a jar. If you are looking for an easy DIY mason jar gift, then this should be on your list. Even your kiddos can help put this together.
Easy Last-Minute Gift Idea
Hello, Ideas for the Home by Kenarry® friends! I’m Pam from The Birch Cottage and I’m back again this month to share my Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix recipe with you. This hot chocolate mix is also a quick and easy last-minute DIY Christmas gift idea!
Believe it or not, I’ve been thinking about you ever since I shared my Vanilla Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub with you last month. I’ve been contemplating what to share with you this month and although I’ve tossed around a few ideas, I finally decided to share this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix recipe with you.
However, it’s more than just a recipe! Layer these ingredients in a jar and you have yourself a last-minute DIY Christmas gift!
Hot chocolate is perfect at Christmas
Hot chocolate and Christmas go together like cold weather and snow. You just shouldn’t have one without the other! We live in the Midwest and winters here can be very unpredictable.
I’m of the opinion that if it’s going to be cold, gray and gloomy outside, it might as well be a productive cold and snow! I love the snow. It just makes everything seem brighter. Kind of like hot chocolate. It just makes the winters and time spent with family during the holidays that much brighter.
How to make the best hot chocolate ever
My husband is “THE” hot chocolate maker in our house. He takes hot chocolate to a whole new level by using real cream, vanilla, and a heavy hand when it comes to the cocoa and sugar, plus a couple of secret ingredients.
His hot chocolate is rich and decadent. A real treat that our children look forward to every year.
I happen to have a stash of empty Starbucks bottles in my pantry and I thought they’d make the perfect container for gift giving the homemade hot chocolate mix. You can layer the ingredients in the bottle or Mason jar for a nice presentation or mix all the ingredients up in a bowl and pour into your container.
If you’re anything like me, you always have last-minute gifts to buy or guests who happen to stop by unexpectedly during the holidays. Having a few of these jars on hand will ease the stress of having to buy, figure out or even make last-minute, unexpected or forgotten gifts.
Elevate your gift in a jar with these ideas
There are so many mason jar gift ideas out there today. If you want yours to stand out, it doesn’t take much work. Just try one of these easy ideas:
- Add a Mug: Pair this gift with a thoughtful mug or coffee cup.
- Gift Basket: Put this mix in a gift basket with a movie and some candy canes.
- Personalized Notes: Handwrite a note and attach it to the neck of the jar with a ribbon.
- Favorite Candy: Give this gift with their favorite chocolate or candy.
How to make homemade hot chocolate mix
Here’s how to make your own homemade hot chocolate mix in a mason jar. Don’t forget to download and print the free labels too.
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- Widemouth Pint Mason Jars or
- Widemouth Quart Mason Jars or
- Widemouth Mason Jars with Handles
- Medium mixing bowl
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Card stock paper or Sticker Paper
These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.
- Powdered Creamer
- Powdered Milk
- Powdered Sugar
- Cocoa Powder
- Milk Chocolate Chips or M&Ms
- Mini Marshmallows
How to Make A Hot Chocolate Mix Gift idea
Did I mention this is a really easy recipe?
Did I also mention it makes for a great homemade or last-minute Christmas gift idea?
You simply combine the powdered creamer, powdered milk, powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl, then pour into a pint or quart wide-mouth Mason jar.
Then add the chocolate chips, M&Ms or other chocolate candy and place the mini marshmallows on top to fill the rest of the jar.
Then simply attach the lid and a printable recipe tag.
When ready to use your hot chocolate mix, remove the marshmallows from the top of the jar and add ½ cup of the mix to 1 cup of boiling water in a mug and stir until completely dissolved. Top with marshmallows and enjoy!
Christmas can be pretty hectic. And having easy to make homemade gifts on hand certainly helps to relieve some of the stress associated with the holiday season. I hope this little Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix recipe idea encourages you to give something homemade or handmade this holiday season.
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Print out the lid or tag labels
Once you have the homemade hot chocolate mix labels, simply print out either the lid labels or the tag labels.
For the lid labels, cut out along the outside of the circle and place on the lid of your Mason Jar. Screw on the band and affix to the bottle with some bakers twine, string or ribbon.
If you prefer, you could print out the labels, punch a hole in the top and affix to the jar with some string, twine or ribbon.
For the tag labels, cut out along the square line, punch a hole in the top of the label and tie onto the lid of the jar with some string, twine (my favorite) or ribbon.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Gift Idea
- INGREDIENTS FOR ONE PINT:
- 6 tablespoons powdered creamer
- 6 tablespoons powdered milk
- 6 tablespoons Powdered Sugar
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips M&Ms or your favorite chocolate
- ½ cup mini marshmallows
- INGREDIENTS FOR ONE QUART:
- ¾ cup powdered creamer
- ¾ cup powdered milk
- ¾ cup Powdered Sugar
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- Mix the powdered creamer, milk, sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl until well combined. Pour mixture into a pint wide-mouth Mason jar. Then add the chocolate chips or candy and place the mini marshmallows on top to fill the rest of the jar.
- Add a lid and attach a printable recipe tag.
- When ready to use, remove the marshmallows from the top of the jar and add ½ cup of the mix to 1 cup of boiling water in a mug and stir until completely dissolved. Top with marshmallows and enjoy!
My family just loves hot chocolate and a few of these jars just might be making their way into a few stockings this year! Although I hope you give this hot chocolate mix recipe a try (it makes a perfect last-minute gift), most of all, I simply wish you and yours the happiest of holidays and the merriest New Year!!!
P.S. Here are a few more ideas that just might help take some of the hectic out of your holiday gift giving preparation:
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Updated September 2019.