How to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix for Gifts


Christmas High Altitude | Published December 13, 2023 by Mimi Council

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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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how to make homemade hot cocoa mix for gifts

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

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

NuNaturals Organic Dutch Cocoa Powder

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Scale

Whisk 

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Things You Need for Gifts

17-Ounce Canister Jars

Ribbon

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Step by Step Instructions

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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Baker's Tips

  • Make sure your cocoa is sifted. This is super important as cocoa can clump easily.
  • 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.
  • 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 these last?

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

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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

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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