I love gifting things to friends over the holiday season- and WOW CHRISTMAS IS TWO WEEKS AWAY SO LET’S GET STARTED. It truly is a great time to be thankful for the people who are wonderful to you, and show them that love with a treat! Over the next week, I will be featuring three easy DIYs that are not time consuming once you assemble the simple ingredients (maybe you already have them on hand!). While you can spice them up by adding extra components, the basic recipe is a delicious double cocoa hot chocolate mix.
Customize it with peanut butter chips for your peanut butter lover, add a crushed candy cane for peppermint hot cocoa, or a dash of cinnamon and cayenne for Mexican flavor. I bet espresso powder would be delicious if you wanted to go the mocha route. Just don’t forget to include the instructions after layering all your treats!
DIY Hot Chocolate Mixes (amount listed is per jar)
- 1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa
- 1/8 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Marshmallows to fill the jar
- 1 cinnamon stick
Using a jar with a sealing lid (I used these small 5 oz spice jars), layer cocoa followed by a layer of white sugar. I used a spoon to drop everything in slowly so I wouldn’t mess up the layers.
Top those layers with the chocolate chips, and add mini or normal sized marshmallows to fill the jar. I was able to fit one full sized marshmallow. Seal the jar and tie a cinnamon stick to the outside with ribbon or twine.
When gifting, include a tag for the recipient: Take the marshmallows off the top and set aside. Add the the jar contents and the cinnamon stick to a pan with 4 cups of milk. Stir the mixture until it is combined and hot and ladle into mugs. Top with marshmallows and enjoy!