This time of year, hot chocolate is the perfect after-school snack and -- let's be honest here! -- the perfect after-work snack too. And to top it all off, it's a super easy gift to make and give!
Make this homemade hot chocolate mix recipe as a Valentine's Day gift for all of your friends, or help your kids make the homemade mix to give to classmates instead of traditional store-bought Valentines. (Just check with the school for allergy issues first!)
To give this mix, you can buy individual jars, but it's even better if you can soak and use old jars from jam, pesto or roasted red peppers. Not only will they add a rustic touch, but it'll help you recycle these old jars.
If the lids have a brand name on them, which many do, consider buying some cloth like gingham and using it to top the jars. Cut squares of fabric a bit larger than the diameter of the jars. Use super glue to attach them to the jar lid, then tie the fabric down around the top of the jar with string or ribbon.
The string serves the double purpose of holding down the cloth even more and providing a place to include serving instructions! If you punch a hole in the instructions or note you would like to give with the mix, you can string it onto the ribbon to complete the gift.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
makes 6 cups of mix
Combine all ingredients and pack into jars.
Attach instructions as follows: mix 2 tablespoons mix with 1 cup milk. Heat over medium-low heat and garnish with marshmallows if desired. (You can add a small baggie of homemade marshmallows to the gift for an added unique touch!)
For a grown-up version of the drink, consider adding a tablespoon or two of Kahlua or Bailey's to the final drink, or serve it affogato style with coffee ice cream.
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