Holiday Series: Spiced Hot Chocolate

Monday, December 8, 2014

Even in Texas, the mild December chill is enough to make me snuggle up with a sweater and a coffee mug filled with hot chocolate.  My pinterest board has been filled with ideas for hot chocolate bars for a few years now, but I've never quite found enough time during the holidays to actually execute on that idea so giving out spiced hot chocolate mix in mason jars has had to suffice this year.

This easy, inexpensive homemade gift has just enough a touch warmth and adorable to touch the hearts of neighbors and friends everywhere this holiday season.

Shopping List:
1. Dry milk powder or packets
2. Baking cocoa
3. Sugar
4. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Cloves
5. Mason jars

That's it.

1. In a large bowl, mix one dry milk packet or one cup of milk powder with:
2. 3 TBS baking cocoa
3. 2 1/2 cups of sugar
4. 1T cinnamon, 1T nutmeg, 1T pumpkin pie spice, 1T cloves
5. Scoop the mixture into mason jars

These measurements are approximations.  The fabulous thing about using baking cocoa is that you can create the mixture and continually test it to see how much sugar and how much spice you need in order to adjust the mixture to your liking.  Make sure you're getting enough of the hot chocolate powder mixed in with your water while you're testing it and then add sugar until you've reached the sweetness level you desire.  If you don't want as much control over the sweetness, you can use regular cocoa powder and start out by cutting the amount of sugar in half.

I tied a ribbon around my jars and attached two chocolate-covered spoons to each hot chocolate mix for the perfect token Christmas gift.

Bonus: A & I have been enjoying some quiet evenings with a little hot chocolate before bed.


  1. What a wonderful gift idea. I know my kids would love getting hot chocolate as they drink a lot of it.