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Hot Cocoa Mix: Easy DIY Gift

Who doesn't love a little happy at Christmas? Coaches, babysitters, neighbors, and friends will all love these little jars of hot cocoa mix made by YOU! Add mix to these jars, along with a tag and ribbon and you're all set for an adorable gift to give.

Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Makes 10 servings


2 cups instant dry milk

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

Optional toppings: mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, Christmas sprinkles, crushed candy canes


  1. Add the dry milk to a large mixing bowl.

  2. Sift the powdered sugar on top of the dry milk.

  3. Next, sift in the cocoa powder.

  4. Then add the granulated sugar.

  5. Whisk everything together until combined.

  6. Divide mix among gifting jars.

  7. Add a label that says: "To drink, add ⅓ cup of the mix to a mug and stir in 1 cup of warm milk until combined. Enjoy!"


Ages 3-5: Practice counting skills as you help them measure out the dry ingredients and pour them into the mixing bowl. They can also help by cleaning the jars for making the hot cocoa mix.

Ages 6-9: Have kids measure out the ingredients and mix them. Guide their hands to show them how to pour the mix into the jars, and then let them do it independently if they can.

Ages 10-14: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.


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