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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Homemade Holiday Gift | Family Economics

By Alison Lewis


With the holiday’s right around the corner and gifts at top of mind, I decided to create my own version of a hot chocolate mix for gifting this season. This DIY hot chocolate mix is an easy and inexpensive gift that is perfect for neighbors, friends and co-workers. I used dark chocolate instead of milk or semisweet chocolate in my recipe, but feel free to use the chocolate of your choice.

What is your favorite homemade holiday gift?

homemade holiday gift 

Peppermint Dark Hot Chocolate Mix

Prep: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 Gift


1 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup miniature marshmallow
10 small peppermint sticks, chopped (makes about 1/4 cup)
Peppermint for garnish


Layer cocoa powder, sugar, milk, salt, chocolate chips, marshmallow and peppermint sticks in a 1 quart mason jar. Seal jar closed.

Add a ribbon and with an instruction card writing the following:

“Mix contents in a large bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug with 1 cup boiling water or skim milk and garnish with peppermint, if desired. Store remaining mix in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.”

Personalize the card with a holiday greeting and gift to loved ones.

For additional DIY gifting ideas, check out this post by Fellow Blogger Panel Member Tori.

Photo courtesy of Alison Lewis.

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