Gifts In Jars: Hot Chocolate Mix


Gifts In Jars:  Hot Chocolate Mix is a frugal, quick and simple recipe!

Gifts In Jars

Use this Gifts In Jars idea:  Hot Chocolate Mix as a base for many delicious entertaining drinks.

Hot Cocoa Mix is a great Gift In Jars that a child helper can make by themselves.  It can be used in  Hot Chocolate Cake in a Mug recipe or used as a base, combined with other ingredients for delicious entertaining drinks.

Gifts In A Jar: Hot Chocolate Mix

Gifts In A Jar:  Hot Chocolate Mix


  • 1/2 cup Cocoa
  • 3 cups Powdered milk
  • 3/4 cup Sugar or sweetener of choice
  • optional: cayenne, cinnamon, see variations listed below


  1. Mix ingredients together. Pour into jar or container of choice. For this particular Gift In A Jar recipe you can even put together a neat presentation in a mug with a candy cane as a stirrer. Decorate. Add label or tag with these directions: Hot Cocoa Mix Place 3 tablespoons of mix in cup; stir in a small amount of boiling water to dissolve powder, then fill the cup.
  2. If you have a blender you may use that to create a finer texture that will dissolve in a lower temperature liquid. If you do blend you can simply put "warm" instead of "boiling" on the label. When creating this for a household with children blending is recommended because then a child can even get this drink for themselves by adding the mix to milk!
  3. Variations: You may add a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of cayenne, marshmallows (regular or flavored)- added before or after blending, a 1/4 cup of powdered cream, a tablespoon of flavored chips (butterscotch, white chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut butter, milk chocolate, mint chocolate or even candy cane pieces ) can be added to the individual cups or a cup may be mixed into the mixture after blending!

You can use this Gifts In Jars:  Hot Chocolate Mix individually, with other Gifts In Jars :  Brownie Mix in a Jar, Homemade Body Scrub  in a Jar  in a basket, or in a basket with other items such as the variations listed above and or a set of cute mugs!

Get some great crafty ideas for decorating your Gifts In Jars as well as recycling that jar into something fun, decorative and or useful with this book from Amazon : Mason Jar Crafts:  DIY Projects for Adorable and Rustic Decor, Storage, Lighting, Gifts and Much More

Such an easy, quick recipe but homemade Gifts In Jars are well received and appreciated!



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  1. This is such a great idea! I am making these for friends and I am going to add a little cellophane baggie of crushed candy canes that can be added for a mint chocolate chip treat 🙂 Thank you!

  2. This is an awesome idea!! Not only is it simple, but it will give me the chance to stretch my creative muscles and design some very festive jars! Such as stenciling snowflakes and snowmen on them. If you keep them Christmas neutral, your friends or family can leave them out and use them for all the winter months. Thanks for sparking my creativity!!

  3. This is such sweet idea. My kids would LOVE this as a gift and as a gift Idea to give to family and friends. Thanks for Sharing!

  4. Sounds like a great idea! To be honest… I never thought of experimenting with other additions to come up with my own “signature” cocoa… 😉

  5. For years I’ve been trying to copy our neighbor’s recipe for hot chocolate. Nothing tasted better than the hot chocolate we all drank together as kids in the morning, after sledding or just because it tasted so good. This recipe is the closest I’ve seen to date. I’m so glad to find this and sharing it in jars makes it even more rewarding.

  6. I love this idea and plan to get my son involved this year helping me make gifts for friends and extended family! Thanks for the recipe!! 🙂

  7. My mom used to make this!! I always remember when she pulled out the Non fat dry milk it was gonna be cocoa making time! and it makes a lot! used to enjoy helping her! thanks for bringing back the memory!

  8. Oh this looks really good! Its actually snowing outside today! I love having hot chocolate after we come in from outside in the snow! This would be so neat to have it all ready to just spoon in ! YUM

  9. Living on a long established working ranch & farm a lot of the older homesteads are full of jars. I’ve taken two and wanted forever to find how todo this. Will make excellent gifts for my family reunion. Thank you!