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DIY Gift Idea: Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

diy gift idea hot cocoa mix in a jar

Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

I love making homemade gifts during the holidays. Not only is it more personal than something store-bought, but it’s a budget saver as well.  One of my favorite quickie gifts to make is hot cocoa mix.  With mason jars being all the rage, this gift in a jar is the perfect neighbor or teacher gift for the holidays!

Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar Supplies:

  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 8 tbsp powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 16 oz pint sized mason jar (I used a wide mouth jar)
  • sandwich bag
  • scrap fabric
  • ribbon

homemade cocoa mix ingredients

Combine powdered milk, sugar, and cocoa mix in a large bowl until well blended. Pour mix into a mason jar. If necessary, wipe down the inside of the jar to remove any mix residue on the top half of the jar.

cocoa gift in jar

Add marshmallows and chocolate chips to the sandwich bag.  Squeeze all excess air out of the bag and twist to form a “ball” of marshmallows.

packaging cocoa jar gift

Carefully place the marshmallow bag on top of the cocoa mixture with the excess plastic at the top so the lid will conceal it.  Be sure to add your bag slowly so that you don’t cause the cocoa mix to spill.

mason jar topper diy

Cover the mason jar top with fabric. It’s a fast and easy way to make the packaging look a little more “fancy!” Simply cut a piece of scrap fabric slightly larger than your top.

making mason jar topper

Place the fabric and top on the jar and use the canning ring to secure it in place.  Tie a ribbon around the top to finish it off! Gift with the instructions to add 3 tbsp to 8oz of hot water.

how to make hot cocoa in jar

Do you like to make homemade gifts as well? What are your favorite DIY gifts to make or receive?

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8 replies
  1. Peg Dougherty
    Peg Dougherty says:

    Enjoyed reading about your adventure to becoming a pretty handy girl. ( we all have to learn for ourselves how to make things or take care of a house….. becoming self sufficient is not easy but absolutely worth it! )

  2. Karla
    Karla says:

    Made this for Christmas gifts & tweaked it a little big & was a HUGE hit! I used 3/4 regular cocoa & 1/4 special dark cocoa, used dry non-dairy creamer instead of milk & added some instant espresso powder to boost the chocolate flavor!


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