This hot cocoa gift jar recipe idea is a fun DIY holiday gift jar and makes sweet homemade holiday gifts with a handmade gift tag, is fun for homemade Christmas gift exchange, and great if you’re wondering what to put in a couples Christmas hamper. Make ahead for winter snow days treats for kids or even Christmas Eve drink!
Easy Hot Cocoa Gift Jar Recipe Mix (Hot Chocolate Mix Homemade)
We love this for homemade Christmas gift snacks or even for an easy holiday gift exchange idea. Almost everyone loves this DIY gift! In addition to your hot chocolate powder ingredients, you’ll also need mason jars with lids, and ribbons and decorative items to make these cute hot chocolate gift ideas.
Hot cocoa recipe for gift in a jar ingredients:
- Cocoa powder
- Dried milk / non-dairy creamer
- White sugar
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Crushed candy canes (optional if you want it to be Candy Cane Hot Chocolate)
(See the full DIY holiday gift recipe for hot chocolate mix below!)
One of the best things about this DIY hot cocoa kit gift is that your kids can easily make these as gifts for teachers, friends, family, and more! Great for group Christmas crafts, too!
(Hot chocolate bombs are fun and trendy, but we still love these for hot cocoa holiday gift ideas!)
Hot Chocolate Jar Gift Ideas
There are many variations on the mason jar hot chocolate gift ideas and you can definitely play around and change up the add-on ingredients. Just keep the hot cocoa ingredients the same.
For the jar of hot chocolate gift ingredients, you can also add:
- Chopped Andes mints
- Peanut butter chips
- Snowflake sprinkles
- White chocolate chips
- Caramel bits / chips
- Dark chocolate pieces
- Peppermint marshmallows
- Flavored marshmallows
- Chipotle pepper (makes a spicy hot chocolate great with dark chocolate shavings)
Also, you can tie on a small (sample size) of Baileys for a spiked hot chocolate mason jar gift for adults
THIS HOMEMADE COCOA MIX IS PERFECT TO INCLUDE IN A Snow Day Survival Kit
Let’s get to how to make hot chocolate in a jar gift…
How To Make a Homemade Hot Chocolate Gift Jar
This easy cocoa drink mix really does make one of the best homemade holiday gift ideas. It’s so easy to assemble and makes beautiful DIY holiday edible gifts.
For your DIY present, you’ll need hot chocolate gift glass jar for each serving.
This recipe is for 4-ounce mason jars, which makes single serve hot chocolate in a jar.
We have also doubled the recipe and made 8-ounce mason jars with handles for mugs (we’ve even tripled it, depending on the size of the family we’re giving the hot chocolate mix in a jar gift to). Just be sure to put on the handmade label how many servings it makes and to add 1 cup of boiling water for each serving.
Then, add decorative items like ribbon, twine, chocolate spoons or peppermint spoons, candy canes, or more for festive gifts. (No need to wrap them!)
TIP: Using a wide mouth funnel (especially with kids) will help with layering.
Hot Cocoa Gift Jar Recipe
Who doesn't love hot chocolate? That makes this one of the best homemade holiday gift ideas!
- 1/2 cup instant dried milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate chips)
- 48 mini marshmallows
- 1/4 cup crushed candy canes (optional)
- You'll also need four 4-ounce mason jars with lids
- In each four 4-ounce mason jar, layer in ingredients in this order:
-2 Tablespoons dried milk (bottom)
-Pinch of salt
-2 Tablespoons cocoa
-1 Tablespoon granulated white sugar
-1 Tablespoon chocolate chips
-Sprinkle of crushed candy canes (optional)
Each item should have its own layer. (Don't mix or shake!) Gently tap to get the ingredients to settle, if needed.
- 2. Place lid on mason jar and seal. Add handmade label hot cocoa in a jar tag:
- Hot Cocoa: Pour mix from this jar into a mug. Add 1 cup of boiling water. Mix and enjoy!
You can also add different layer or change up the ingredients:
-Dark chocolate chips
-White chocolate chips
-Peppermint flavored marshmallows
Decorate your homemade jar gift with ribbons, twine, candy canes, a fun spoon, or even chocolate stir sticks.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 503Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 255mgCarbohydrates: 114gFiber: 3gSugar: 82gProtein: 7g
Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.
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