It’s desperation time. You need a gift for Aunt Martha, and that same/old, same/old scarf just won’t do it.
But with temps dropping to freezing levels here in the Ocean State, after we were spoiled by balmy weather, a nice soother would be some hot cocoa. It’s easy to make from a mix that you put together in your own kitchen by combining a few easy-to-find ingredients such as cocoa powder, nonfat dry milk, non-dairy creamer, and sugar to sweeten the mix.
A big plus for making your own concoction is that you know just what’s in it, unlike the store-bought cocoa mixes that contain a lot of mysterious ingredients with long names. For variety, you can also use flavored creamers in the mix, such as Hazelnut, Irish Cream, or French Vanilla.
To give this mix as a gift, simply spoon it into a container such as a mason jar, and attach the directions along with a gift tag and a pretty bow. Your giftees will be thanking you on those chilly winter days. Save some for yourself too!
HOT COCOA MIX FOR GIFT IN A JAR
2 cups nonfat dry milk
1 cup sugar
½ cup cocoa, unsweetened
½ cup non-dairy creamer
Miniature marshmallows (optional)
Combine ingredients (except for marshmallows); store in sealed container. Makes 4 cups mix.
Attach the following directions to gift container:
Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of mix to a mug and fill with hot water. Stir to blend. Top with marshmallows if desired.
FLAVORED COCOA VARIATIONS & DECORATING IDEAS
Use flavored creamers such as Hazelnut, Irish Cream, or French Vanilla.
Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon to the mix.
For mocha flavor, suggest in the directions using coffee instead of water.
Add a circle of holiday fabric to the container top and tie with a ribbon.
Attach a peppermint stick or candy cane to top of jar.