Day Two: Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

This is Day Two in a 10 day series featuring homemade gifts. Click here to start reading at the beginning of the series. For years we have enjoyed Mom’s hot cocoa mix during the cold months here in Wisconsin. Sometimes we fix it up fancy with whipped cream and sprinkles (as we show it below) or stir it with a candy cane to give it a delicious peppermint cocoa taste. Of course, who doesn’t love hot cocoa with the traditional marshmallows? Speaking of marshmallows, one of these days we are going to learn how to make them from scratch, so keep your eyes peeled for that in a future post! In this post we are sharing Mom’s favorite recipe for Hot Cocoa Mix, as well as a few cute ideas for decorating a jar of it to give as a gift.


Hot Cocoa Mix

7 cups instant dry milk

1 cup sugar (or more to taste)

3/4 cup cocoa

1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix all together in a large canister. Store in a cool, dry place. Fill mug approximately 1/3 full with mix. (Again, it’s up to you how chocolatey you want it!) Add very hot–not boiling– water to fill and stir well.


The first decorating method that we thought of was to place a square of wintery fabric over the lid and secure it with the ring. We trimmed the edges of the fabric with pinking sheers to make it extra cute.



Our next idea was super easy! We traced the jar lid on to a piece of winter scrapbooking paper and cut out the circle. Then we put the jar lid on the jar, placed the paper on that, and twisted the ring on to hold it tight. This is my favorite method because the options are limitless if you have a stash of scrapbooking paper (and we do!).



Don’t you love the marshmallow tower in the background?


Mmmm! Perfect for a snowy winter day!


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