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:

  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

For the chocolate-dipped spoons:

  • 4 ounces semisweet or white chocolate, melted
  • 8 plastic spoons
  • Sprinkles and crushed candy canes

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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18 Responses to “Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix and Chocolate-Dipped Spoons”

  1. 1 a spoonful of yumm Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    love the chocolate dipped spoons ! the gift looks magical too ;-)

  2. 2 Jen @ Savory Simple Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    These are so wonderful! I love homemade gifts.

  3. 3 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    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. :)

  4. 4 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 12:44 pm

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

  5. 5 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Super cute gift idea!

  6. 6 Aimee @ ShugarySweets Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Adorable!

  7. 7 Katrina Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    These spoons are so cute! Love this idea!

  8. 8 Jenna Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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

  9. 9 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

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

  10. 10 Jessica @ How Sweet Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    love this idea – so cute!

  11. 11 Casey@Good. Food. Stories. Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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

  12. 12 Cookbook Queen Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 11:43 pm

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

  13. 13 Pat Says:
    December 22nd, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    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.

    xo
    Pat

  14. 14 Erin @ Making Memories Says:
    December 22nd, 2011 at 6:45 pm

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

  15. 15 Traci Says:
    December 22nd, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Absolutely beautiful photos and a perfect gift to give.

  16. 16 shelly (cookies and cups) Says:
    December 23rd, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I just love this idea! My kids would be all over these…hot chocolate optional ;)

  17. 17 Marisa Says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

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

  18. 18 Marisa Says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Oops meant !!!!!

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