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Easy Holiday Gift: Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

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With the Christmas holiday a week away, now begins the scramble for finding last minute gifts for those you do not know what to get and for those deserving of a nice, inexpensive gift. Homemade gifts, just by being homemade, are always special because of the time, effort, and thought required to get the gift together. Some homemade gifts are easier to make than others and below is a recipe for a gift that is always a crowd-pleaser and extremely easy to make. This Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix takes ten minutes to prepare and can be given to others in plastic bags tied with ribbon or even mason jars (12/$8.99 at Publix) decorated with fabric or tissue paper. The best part about this recipe is that you can get very creative with it by adding in marshmallows and crushed candy canes.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
Source: Slightly adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Yields 20 servings


  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1½ cups cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups chopped milk chocolate chips (or any other variety of chocolate)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a large bowl. Working in two batches, pulse the ingredients in a food processor until the chocolate is finely ground. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  2. To make hot cocoa, put 1/3 cup of the cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of hot milk. Top with whipped cream or miniature marshmallows.

Stephanie Diaz is the writer behind Confessions of a City Eater. For more on baking visit Confessions of a City Eater or send your emails to



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