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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix and Chocolate-Dipped Spoons

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There’s just something magical about a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s day, especially around Christmas time. I don’t know about you, but my favorite way to enjoy hot cocoa is with a little bit of whipped cream on top. Lately I’ve been trying all different kinds, though – some with marshmallows, some with extra chocolate, and I’ve even stirred in a bit of salted caramel sauce from Trader Joe’s (amazing). It dawned on me that little jars of homemade hot cocoa mix would make a perfect and easy, last-minute gift, so I went to work whipping up my own. The best part is that you can customize your mix by adding anything you like, such as chopped white or dark chocolate, a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little more heat, or a sprinkling of sea salt for those sweet/salty combo lovers. I packaged up my mix in eight-ounce canning jars tied with ribbon, and I included a candy cane and two chocolate-dipped spoons in treat bags with each jar for stirring. I printed out the directions for making the cocoa on card stock, punched a hole in the corner, and attached them to the jars with twine, but you can always hand-write them for an even more personal touch!

For the hot cocoa mix:

For the chocolate-dipped spoons:

For the mix, whisk together all the ingredients except the marshmallows in a large bowl.

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Spoon into jars, where it can be stored for up to 3 months. Sprinkle marshmallows over the top, and then top with lids and rings. Fills 4 eight-ounce jars, with some left over.

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For the spoons, dip each plastic spoon into the melted chocolate and let dry a minute or two.

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Dip the spoons into the sprinkles and/or candy canes. Let sit until completely dry; I stuck mine in the refrigerator for a few minutes to help them firm up faster.

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To make the hot cocoa from the mix, spoon 4 Tbsp of the hot cocoa mix into a mug, and then stir in 1 cup of hot water or milk. Top with the miniature marshmallows. Stir with a chocolate-dipped spoon and enjoy!

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Posted by on December 21, 2011.


Categories: desserts & sweets

19 Responses

  1. love the chocolate dipped spoons ! the gift looks magical too 😉

    by a spoonful of yumm on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm

  2. These are so wonderful! I love homemade gifts.

    by Jen @ Savory Simple on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

  3. Love this! I was just googling (is that even a word?!) hot cocoa mixes to go along with my peppermint marshmallows. I think I need to make the mix and spoons to go with them now. It’s the perfect hot cocoa trio. 🙂

    by Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

  4. Okay, so I got a pretty fabulous Christmas gift from you already – but these are totally adorable and I’m jealous of the recipients!

    by Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

  5. Super cute gift idea!

    by Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm

  6. Adorable!

    by Aimee @ ShugarySweets on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:50 pm

  7. These spoons are so cute! Love this idea!

    by Katrina on Dec 21, 2011 at 2:58 pm

  8. Wow, these are so cute!! The chocolate dipped spoons are simply adorable.

    by Jenna on Dec 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

  9. I love the idea of adding chocolate dipped spoons to these homemade gifts!! This is definitely on my to-do list for next year. 🙂

    by Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray on Dec 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm

  10. love this idea – so cute!

    by Jessica @ How Sweet on Dec 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

  11. Thanks for inspiring me to make my umpteenth cup of cocoa for dinner tonight! It’s too irresistible.

    by Casey@Good. Food. Stories. on Dec 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm

  12. Love these!! Such a great idea, and so CUTE!! I’m with you…whipped cream on top is the way to go.

    by Cookbook Queen on Dec 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm

  13. Perfect for me to read today! I wanted to add something special to the cocoa & marshmallows and the spoons will be perfect. Thanks so much for sharing! I’d forgotten about them.


    by Pat on Dec 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

  14. How cute is this! What a great gift idea! Thanks!

    by Erin @ Making Memories on Dec 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm

  15. Absolutely beautiful photos and a perfect gift to give.

    by Traci on Dec 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm

  16. I just love this idea! My kids would be all over these…hot chocolate optional 😉

    by shelly (cookies and cups) on Dec 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm

  17. What a great idea!!!! Thanks for sharing ????

    by Marisa on Jan 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm

  18. Oops meant !!!!!

    by Marisa on Jan 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm

  19. So what are the direction once you give as a gift? How many scoops of mix are needed to make a cup?

    by Jen on Dec 2, 2014 at 1:25 am

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