Are you struggling to find a gift for that one person (or a few) left on your list? Homemade hot chocolate mix is an easy, accessible gift that almost everyone loves. And it’s perfect to give that homemade touch even when you’re on a tight schedule!
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 the two. 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.
You can also put 1-2 servings in cellophane bags or these neat test tubes to stretch the mix 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. 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.
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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix & a Free Gift Tag Printable
Homemade hot chocolate mix is an easy, accessible gift that almost everyone loves. And it’s perfect to give that homemade touch even when you’re on a tight schedule!
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
crushed candy canes
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.
Serving size varies between individual tastes. This recipe produces 18 2TB servings or 36 1 TB servings.
See post for packaging ideas!
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