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Need a last minute gift idea?  Need to get it together right now using items you already have at home?

Great!  Try this out…

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade hot chocolate mix - my friends LOVED it!

What you’ll need:

  • Ball jar,  2 cup sized with a lid  (that’s a pint for those of you who, like me, can never remember. you can buy here)
  • 1 cup pure cane sugar (bonus points if you have Fair Trade non-GMO)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa (bonus points if you have Fair Trade)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder (I get mine at Sprouts from the bulk spice area, read on if you don’t have it)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of salt

1. Add the ingredients to the jar.  Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix |

2. Put lid on jar.

3. Shake.Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix |

4. Label with these instructions,  “Place 2 Tbsp in a mug.  Add 3/4 cup hot milk.  Stir and enjoy!”  (If you didn’t have vanilla powder for the mix, instruct them to also add 1/4 tsp vanilla extract.)

5. For cool points, make a cute topper for the jar.  For extra cool points, write out the recipe for your appreciative recipient.  For over-the-top, best-friend EVER points, make a batch of marshmallows to go with the hot chocolate.  (Just kidding.  This is what I did for Laura and Mary so, of course, I need everyone to agree it was fabulous.  I really just had to rid my house of the one-zillion marshmallows that were tempting me hourly.)

Homemade Marshmallows |

Easy Jar Topper

While of course this is optional, here’s how you can make your homemade gift even more awesome.

  • Get some seasonal fabric.
  • Place your lid on top.
  • Measure out a square of fabric that holds approximately 2 lids side-by-side.
  • Cut out square with pinking shears.
  • Fold the square into a triangle and then into a smaller triangle.  Cut the tips off the outer points.

How to make a jar topper for gifting with Ball jars |

  • Place your octagon of fabric on top of the jar.

ready to tie jar

  • Secure with a rubber band.  Tie with ribbon if desired!

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix |


Voila!  Holiday gift-giving complete!

Emily sig





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