Christmas is about a week away. I repeat, Christmas is a week away. I know I definitely haven’t finished buying everyone’s gifts. Have you? Aside from the obvious recipients, perhaps there are a few on your list you haven’t decided on yet, like your child’s teacher, the mailman or that one friendly neighbor. Gift cards are great, but what would they like? No one wants a gift card for something they’ll never use or worse yet, the big box stores that show you put literally zero thought into their gift.
Homemade hot chocolate is the best of both worlds. Not only is it pretty inexpensive to make, it’s an easy and fun homemade gift.
Homemade gifts range from amazing, yet incredibly time consuming to cheap garbage (it’s the thought that counts right?). This sits at a happy medium between stupid hard and… well, just plain stupid. All you need is some mason jars (or other cute, airtight container) and a food processor.
I split the mix among 3 pint sized mason jars, but this recipe makes 18 – 36 servings. If you want to get a few more gifts out of this, you’ll either need to double the recipe or put them in smaller jars. Half pints will get you at least 6 of these. Or you can even put 1 – 2 servings in festive, resealable bags to spread the love even further. And feel free to get creative with these! Add some cinnamon, cayenne pepper for a little kick, or espresso powder to make these truly original. And the mix will last in a cool dark place for up to 3 months! Just long enough to get them (and you) through the cold winter months.
Finish these off with some twine and these GORGEOUS free printable gift tags from Gooseberry Moon.
Download them HERE.
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Until next time. X
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Hot Chocolate Gifts + Free Gift Tag Printable
Hot Chocolate Mix:
- 8 oz (2 – 4 oz bars) 100% cacao baking chocolate
- 1 c. Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 2 TB cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt
Optional Add Ins:
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 TB espresso powder
- chocolate chips
- crushed candy canes
- mini marshmallows
- Break the chocolate bars into coarse chunks, then freeze until hard, about 10 minutes.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the chocolate chunks, cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Process until it resembles a smooth powder. (Pro-tip: hold on tight to your food processor. It may kick around a little bit)
- Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.
To make Hot Chocolate:
- Combine 1-2 TB of the mix with 1 c of boiling milk. Simmer on the stove for 30 seconds if you prefer it thicker.
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