Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Make this delicious homemade hot cocoa mix to share with friends, co-workers, or the kids' teachers.

Find a pretty cup, fill it with cocoa mix and it becomes the ultimate quick and easy (and frugal!) gift idea.

Seriously, is there anyone who doesn't love hot chocolate?




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The secret ingredient in this homemade hot cocoa mix is the mini chocolate chips, which melt when combined with the boiling water and give the cocoa an extra-rich flavor.

This recipe makes enough hot chocolate mix for four homemade Christmas gifts, each of which can be measured into a small plastic bag and tucked into a cup or mug filled with mini marshmallows and a spoon.

Wrap each filled gift cup in cellophane and include a tag with the following instructions: "Spoon 3 or 4 generous tablespoons of cocoa mix into a cup, add hot milk or boiling water, and stir well."

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix in a Vintage Mug Frugal Living Now

Customize each gift to the recipient by choosing a cup, spoon, and ribbon that suits his or her personality:

For the nature lover: select a rustic handmade mug, a small wooden spoon, and a plaid fabric ribbon. Add an evergreen sprig!

For a lover of all things vintage: choose an old teacup and a vintage silver spoon (single silver and silver-plated flatware can be found at thrift and antique shops, garage and estate sales, or online at Etsy or Ebay). Add a silky satin ribbon in a color that coordinates with the cup.

For that special teacher: a "#1 Teacher" cup or one with an apple or other "teacher art" with a ruler printed ribbon makes this a perfect teacher's gift.


Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry milk powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process in three “bursts” of about ten seconds each, until mix is an even color and in very fine particles.

  • Store the mix in a tightly covered container at room temperature until you're ready to package it.

Makes about 4 cups of mix.


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