Edible Gifting Week #5: DIY Hot Cocoa Mix 4 Ways

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DIY Hot Cocoa Mix 4 Ways, I’m ending my series of edible holiday gifting ideas with #5, hot cocoa mixes! A cup of hot Cocoa is like the quintessential holiday drink. It’s an icon that everyone can associate with Christmas. Come on, who doesn’t love a hot cup of cocoa to sip on during the cold winter season?

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix 4 Ways (8) I’m going to assume that you all just did a little cocoa dance, or at the very least are silently cheering with me for the wonderful creation that is sweet and cozy hot cocoa. Now, if you just mentally responded to the negative, then you’d better go find someone else’s parade to rain on because cocoa and I are really having a moment right now and it’s going to take a lot more than rude comments or pointless negativity to mess this thing up. Just sayin’.

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix 4 Ways (6) I know it’s around the time of year where we’re all searching for the just the thing to get for everyone this Christmas. Well I have great news for you, this is it! Talk about the perfect gift. I mean, of course your friends and family can go out and by generic hot chocolate mix for themselves, but that’s just going to end in a disappointing cup of tasteless, watered-down, artificially flavored, dark colored liquid in a mug. And no, this is not an advertisement for kleenex to mop up all those tears. I’m just being (brutally) honest here.

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix 4 Ways (9) But you can be super happy now because…..we’re havin’ cocoa tonight!!! It makes it taste even better when the person you give it to knows that you added lots of love to it. I couldn’t decide on just one flavor so I went with four different kinds because that’s what you get when you put indecisive with creative and a side of coo-coo-cachoo.

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix 4 Ways (7) A. there’s the Mexican Hot Cocoa! If you like a little extra heat to stay warm, it’s for you. I know this weirds a lot of people out, putting hot peppers in chocolate, but it’s amazingness guys. You’ve at least got to do it once. If you’re not a fan I totally get it, but at least you can rest in the knowledge that you’re not wasting a life’s worth of Mexi-cocoa when it would actually be your jam.

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix 4 Ways (4) 2, if you’re as crazy as I am about your peanut butter, then you really need to try the Reese’s Hot Cocoa because that one is kil-ler. I had the idea pop into my head when I was brainstorming for this post and I was like, Hey, why have I never had PB in my cocoa? Life changing moments those are.

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix 4 Ways (12) And D, For the peppermint/candy cane fans or those who secretly prefer vanilla, there is the Peppermint Hot Cocoa and following my Reese’s epiphany I decided to use some peppermint patties. Although we can’t get those here so I made my own (Let me know if you guys think I should post that recipe some time, cause it’s so good and so fun to make for the holidays.)

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix 4 Ways (5) Then there’s the good old classic hot cocoa mix for you purists. Although, I must admit I like traditional things too. Sometimes simple cocoa and marshmallows is exactly what you’re craving, you know?

DIY Hot Cocoa Mix 4 Ways (2) This is definitely something you need to do. I was planning to design and print out some labels, but since it’s been kind of hectic around here I ran out of time. The internet is chock full of printable hot cocoa labels though or you can do what I did and just write them by hand. All you need to add is the instructions to put 1/4 cup per 1 cup of hot milk or water.

Edible Gifting Week #: DIY Hot Cocoa Mix 4 Ways

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 2-cup jars

Ingredients

    Classic Hot Chocolate:
  • 2/3 cup powered sugar
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • scrapings from 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup mini marshmallows (or enough to fill the rest of jar)
  • Peppermint Patty Hot Cocoa:
  • 2/3 cup powered sugar
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • scrapings from 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup peppermint patties, chopped
  • 1/3 cup candy cane pieces (or enough to fill the rest of jar)
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cocoa:
  • 2/3 cup powered sugar
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • scrapings from 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup chopped peanut butter cups (or enough to fill the rest of jar)
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate:
  • 1/2 packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or enough to fill the rest of jar)

Instructions

  1. Layer ingredients for each mix in 2-cup jars, bottles, or desired container. Decorate with ribbons, yarn, or bows. You can also include extras such as chocolate spoons, cookies, small ornaments, candy canes, or pirouette cookies. Get creative and make them your own!
  2. Include the following instructions in a note or tag with jars:
  3. Instructions:
  4. Mix contents of jar together. Add 3 1/2 to 4 tablespoons of mix per 1 cup of boiling milk or water. Makes 6 - 8 cups
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And I think that’s it for today. If you want to see the previous posts for this week:

Salted Caramels

DIY Spice Mixes

White Chocolate Gingerbread Fudge

Dark Chocolate, Cranberry, and Pistachio Granola

(p.s. Bonus points if you got my holiday A,2,D reference!)

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Comments

  1. Karry says

    Oh my gosh!! These look so yummy my hot chocolate odemeter just went off the charts when I saw the post!!!! I’m definitely going to try these out:) love seeing your delicious food posts!!!

  2. says

    These look soooo great Tori! I’m a huge sucker for a homemade gift. And let’s be honest the only kinds of gifts I want to give or receive is something that I can eat!!! These are perfect. Like Taylor said, better get my craft on!

  3. Sharon says

    Under the Reese’s cocoa.. You never added the peanut butter pieces .. Do I use the peanut butter cups.. Filled to top of jar?
    Thanks..

    • Tori says

      Hi Sharon, so sorry about that. Don’t you just hate typos? You’re right, just add chopped Reese’s to fill the jar. I added the right amount to the recipe now, thanks for letting me know. I hope you’re having a wonderful and blessed holiday!

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