It’s the week before Thanksgiving, which means it’s time to start thinking about gifts your kids can make to give to their friends and family this Christmas.
I came across this yummy recipe for a hot cocoa mix buried in a comment chain on some random cooking chat board* earlier this fall. It makes vats and vats of mix, which means your kids can make enough to give to everybody — even themselves.
*I would love to be more specific about this credit for this recipe, but try as I might, I can’t find the original comment again.
If you recognize this recipe, please leave me a comment identifying the board where I found it or email me with the link and I’ll happily give the author of this recipe the credit she deserves.
Rich & Creamy Cocoa Mix
Making the Cocoa Mix
- 25.6 oz box of nonfat dry instant milk
- 2 lbs Nestle quick chocolate milk
- 1 lb powdered sugar
- 8 oz powdered creamer
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 cups cocoa powder
- Mix everything up in several very large bowls.
Drinking Your Cocoa:
- Fill one-third of your cup with mix and add enough hot water to fill the mug.
Giving Away Your Cocoa:
- A spoon
- Mug or two for testing
- Your prepared mix
- One 1-pint jar for each gift recipient
- Wide-mouth funnel (or coffee filter)
- 1/4 cup measuring scoop
- A large airtight container to store any leftover mix
- Use the spoon to fill one-third of your mug with mix and add enough hot water to fill it.
- Drink your hot chocolate.
- Once you like the hot chocolate, pour your remaining dry mix into 1-pint jars with tight-fitting lids. To avoid making a mess, use a 1/4-cup measuring scoop to pour the mix through a wide-mouth funnel.
- Seal the jars tightly.
- Pour the leftover mix, if you have any, into an airtight container for storage.
Optional: Decorating Your Gift Jars
- Fabric in festive holiday patterns
- Matching ribbons or raffia
- Small salad plate to use as a template
- Pencil or fabric marker
- Gift tags
- Printouts of the ingredient list and instructions for making the hot cocoa
- Optional add-ons, like candy canes or small wooden spoons
- Place the fabric face down on your table.
- Use the small salad plate and the pencil or fabric marker to trace several 7 to 8 inch circles on the fabric.
- Cut out your fabric circles.
- Drape the fabric over the top of the jar.
- Tie the fabric around the jar with a bit of raffia or ribbon.
- Slip the gift tag onto the ribbon or raffia before tying the bow.
- If you’d like to include a little extra something with your cocoa, cinnamon sticks and a little wooden spoon would look very cute tied to the jar next to your gift tag.
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