For the holidays I whipped up a couple of these hot cocoa’s in a jar for friends and family. They’re super simple and make a great add-on gift for anyone (and aren’t just for Christmas! you can make them all season long).

I used pint sized mason jars that make 6 servings of cocoa. Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (mix it in with the 1/2 cup sugar)
  • 1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • Miniature marshmallows (optional)
  • Crushed peppermint candy (optional)


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Plus I used wrapping paper and ribbon to cover the tops (and write the directions on). You could also use little fabric squares and a hang tag.

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Just layer everything in the jar, in order and don’t get over-zealous with dumping things in or this will happen…

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I topped mine with marshmallows although you could also do crushed peppermint candy (or both!) depending on who you’re giving it to.

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On the top of each jar I just wrote the directions: For 1 serving, place 1/3 cup mix in a mug with 1 cup boiling water.

And that’s it!

I used to love giving DIY gifts and somehow stopped the older I got! So this is me going back to my Martha Stewart roots 🙂 Enjoy!