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I have been wanting to do this for the last 2 years but just couldn’t bring myself to make homemade anything with my monsters running around. I don’t know why, this is really the easiest Christmas gift project. I’m so happy with the way these turned out, I just can’t stop giving myself pats on the back (or maybe that’s my 2 year old hitting me…not sure).
Not only is this the EASIEST homemade gift ever, it is the tastiest too! There are a lot of hot chocolate recipes out there. I’ve tried a ton and they all suck. You guys, seriously. No need to look any further because this recipe is easy and it is the BOMB.
First you need to order mason jars. I found this 12 pack of Ball Mason Jars off Amazon for a great price. While I was waiting for them to ship, my 4 year old daughter and I made the hot cocoa mix. Here’s what you need:
2 lbs powdered sugar
32 cups instant dry milk
32 oz Nestle Quick
1 Jar coffee mate (the powered stuff)
Ready for the directions? Mix it all up. That’s IT! I will say that the recipe as is makes about 300,000 servings. I’m not even joking. I will half it next time and still have enough for the entire city we live in. Note- you will use 1/3 cup of the mix to an 8 oz cup of hot water.
I designed the label as a 3×3 but my lovely and talented assistant (aka- my Mom) has a super cool silhouette and printed/cut them for me on card stock. She used off white and then added a glitter accent to the back. If you are interested in downloading/printing you are welcome to borrow my design HERE (in jpeg format).
Once the jars arrived, I filled them to the tip top with our hot cocoa mix and tied the labels with a cute ribbon. I’m so happy with how they turned out! My original intention was to put mini marshmallows in the top third of the jars but after seeing all the left over hot cocoa mix, I decided to pack it in. I still have a 5 year supply after stuffing 12 jars FULL.
I plan on giving these to my daughter’s teachers, my hair stylist, babysitter…etc. I’m including a fun and reusable drink cozy that I purchased off Etsy from Angie at BlessedButtons and a local coffee shop gift card.
Are YOU going the homemade route for gifts this year? No judgement here- last year everyone got envelopes with gift cards decorated by my 3 year old. Ha!