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How to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix for Gifts

Learn how to make Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix for gifts with my easy step by step tutorial. I provide a delicious recipe, plus where to buy jars, ribbons, and cards. This is your one stop shop for how to make Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix for gifts!

If you are looking for more homemade gifting ideas try my Peanut Butter Pretzel Christmas Crack, Homemade Pancake Mix, or my Caramel Sauce Jars

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

Easy to Make: This Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix is incredibly easy to make. You just need two simple ingredients that are probably already in your pantry: sugar and cocoa! 

Kids Can Help: This is a great homemade gift that your kids can help with. Depending on how old your kids are, they can help weigh ingredients, mix the sugar and cocoa together, fill the jars, or cut and tie ribbon. Put them to work!

Vegan & Gluten Free: This Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix only has two ingredients: sugar and cocoa. So, it’s naturally vegan and gluten free. This makes it a great gift that you can give to anyone even if you don’t know if they have any dietary restrictions or allergies. 

Full of Holiday Cheer: Nothing says the holidays like a warm cup of hot cocoa! This gift is full of holiday cheer and it can be enjoyed all the way into the winter season. 

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Ingredients for Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

NuNaturals Organic Dutch Cocoa Powder

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Scale

Whisk 

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Things You Need to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix for Gifts

17-Ounce Canister Jars

Ribbon

how to make homemade hot cocoa mix for gifts

How to Make Hot Cocoa Mix for Gifts

Step 1

In a large bowl, add the cane sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk to combine completely and make sure that the cocoa and sugar are completely combined and there are no portions of just cocoa or just sugar.

Step 2

Transfer the mix to the prepared jars and tie with a ribbon.

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Tips for Making Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

• Make sure your cocoa is sifted. This is super important as cocoa can clump easily. And if you don’t sift it, then you could have clumps and then that would result in having the mix not mix correctly and portions could be more bitter or more sweet. So, it’s very important to sift the cocoa so it mixes in well with the sugar. 

• I use Dutch cocoa powder, which is different from natural cocoa powder. Dutch cocoa powder is naturally sweeter and natural cocoa powder is not as sweet. So, if you are using natural cocoa powder, your cocoa will not be as sweet. But, if you want a less sweet hot cocoa mix, then natural cocoa might be a better option for you. So take that into consideration.

• I highly recommend using a scale for this recipe! I always recommend a scale over measuring cups, but especially for this as it will be so much easier, faster, and more accurate. 

• I use glass jars to gift this Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix in. You can use any kind of glass jar you want to. I use a ratio of 75% sugar to 25% cocoa. So, if you are using a different size jar, you can easily change the recipe to match the size jar you have. 

• This makes 1 jar, but you can double or triple the recipe to make more jars.

• I used a soup ladle to transfer the cocoa mix to the jar (you can see in my video, haha!). It worked great. But, you could also use a funnel if you have one, I just didn't have one large enough.

• If you want to add marshmallows to this gift, you can make my homemade Honey Vanilla Marshmallows and you can package those in a Kraft Tin Tie Bag as an additional gift! 

• Hot cocoa mix will last for about 6 months in your pantry. So this makes a great gift to make ahead of time with plenty of time for the recipient to enjoy it once you gift it. 

• This also makes a great gift to send to loved ones in the mail as it is not super perishable. You can send it anytime this month and even if the package gets delayed for a day or two it won’t make a difference! 

• To make hot chocolate, add 1 cup of milk with 2 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix and heat over medium/high heat. 

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FAQ's

Can I use natural cocoa powder?

Yes, if you prefer natural cocoa powder to Dutch, you can use that in its place. Natural cocoa powder is not as sweet as Dutch, which is why I prefer Dutch for baking and for making hot chocolate!

Can I use less sugar?

If you would like, you can use less sugar. I haven't tested this recipe with less sugar as I believe it has just the right amount as it is. I use a ratio of 25% cocoa powder and 75% sugar. You could try a different ratio with less sugar and more cocoa. I highly recommend to try this with just one hot chocolate, before making it into a mix incase you don't like it! The way to try that would be use 1 ounce total and split it up between 30% cocoa (.3 ounces) to 70% cocoa (.7 ounces) and make a drink with that plus 1 cup of milk. Try it, and if you like it, then make the mix using that ratio. Or try another and go from there!

How long will this last?

This Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix will last for up to 3 months in your pantry if stored in airtight container.

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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How to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix for Gifts

Mimi Council
Learn how to make Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix for Gifts with this easy recipe and tutorial! Homemade gifts have never been more easy and delicious! This makes 1 jar, you can double or triple the recipe for more jars.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Makes 15 servings
Calories 98 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add the cane sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk to combine completely and make sure that the cocoa and sugar are completely combined and there are no portions of just cocoa or just sugar.
  • Transfer the mix to the prepared jars and tie with a ribbon.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

High Altitude – Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 98kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 108mgFiber: 3gSugar: 21gCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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