Giftable Hot Cocoa mix…

Is there anything more comforting on a cold winter day than Hot Chocolate?

I’m going to go ahead and say NO.

Gifting a lovely jar of homemade cocoa mix is always usually a hit.

The snowman watches over the's his job.

Who loves it?

  • Kids, especially with whipped cream on it
  • Teens, gah…they just like it…’kay
  • Adults, because you can add liquor to it
  • Teetotalers, even those who don’t like the boozie cocoa, love a good chocolaty drink
  • Dogs, but don’t give it to them…please

Who does not love it?

  • Zombies, because of the shocking lack of brains
  • Scrooge, anything fun is a No-No to a Scrooge
  • Cats, because they are persnickety…plus they like stinky food

care for a cup?

How to create a jar full of chocolate bliss…..  adapted from a recipe on

You will need a 1 quart canning jar or other 1 quart cute-sey container

  • add 1 cup of sugar to the jar
  • add 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to the jar
  • add 1 cup of powdered milk to the jar
  • add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the jar
  • add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips *or minty chocolate chips*…to the jar  20111206-184914.jpg
  • add 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows to the jar

Now, I must ban the word jar for the rest of the post…due to over use.

It will be a tight fit, but if you tap the container a bit to compact the ingredients the marshmallows WILL fit.

Directions for use of the cocoa mix.

1 container = 12 (1 cup) servings of cocoa.

  • mix the cocoa ingredients in a bowl
  • 1/3 cup of the cocoa mix added to 1 cup of boiling water per serving


  • add 12 cups of water to a pot (or your slow cooker)
  • mix the jar of  container of cocoa mix with the water
  • warm until boiling *on the stove* or heat on high in your slow cooker for about 30-45 min, then change the setting to warm and it will stay at serving temperature for hours.

How do you drink your cocoa?

Since I love linking up, and my iPhone, I’m linking up with iPhone Photo Phun  All photos in this post were taken with my iPhone.



  1. Another lovely gift idea! Have just bought some pretty jars to make your lemon hand scrub this week 🙂

  2. I love mixing cocoa powder into hot almond milk, but mmm, these jars look so tasty! Especially with the addition of mint. Because mint + chocolate is hard to beat.

  3. Awesome gift idea!
    Must say, my kitties food doesn’t stink, promise!
    🙂 Mandy

    • My parents have a cat. The tins of food have a really strong odor. Maybe it’s the food they buy.

  4. Another great gift idea! This one my coworkers would love! I think I’m going to do a big one just for everyone in the office one morning!! A nice hot cocoa surprise!!

  5. Liz

    This is one seasonal beverage I have yet to indulge in. I must change that, stat!

  6. What a perfect gift!

  7. You know, I was really looking for a good gift to give the zombies on my list this year. Oh well, I may try this for other recipients instead, anyway.

    • Zombies are notoriously hard to buy for. 🙂

  8. what a fantastic idea, all my UnPresents are in jars this year and I may just make one of these for a sulky teenage boy who I could not think of a thing for and he LOVES hot chocolate! c

  9. *Such* a great idea! Love!

  10. I have such fond memories as a kid giving Andes candies as presents. Great gift idea!

  11. My wife would LOVE this! Thanks!

  12. Great idea! Especially as I happen to be in a great deal of trouble due to my lack of xmas shopping to date and lack of time left to Xmas! But i still don’t know what to get my zombie friends…. 🙂 You crack me up!

    • Zombies probably won’t send you a thank you note anyways. They have horrible etiquette!

  13. Cool idea. I especially like it because Zombies are not into it. That’s cool right there. Stopping by from #iPPP.

    • Ha! Thanks for stopping by Christina!


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