I started making these last night as coworkers gifts and had bought a brand new Hersheys cocoa for it. It made only 2 jars before I'd used all the cocoa. The 1c cocoa seems to be a very high amount to me as when I make myself a single cup, I use only 1 TBSP cocoa to 3 TBSP sugar. I'm concerned about the cost for continuing to make these if one container of cocoa only makes 2 jars but I'm more concerned with the taste. I saw only one other person comment on this - does anyone else have thoughts or better ratios?
This is absolutely delicious and makes adorable gifts! I followed the recipe to a tee, and I used a previous poster's suggestion to crush the candy canes finely in a mini chopper. Great recipe!!
Wow! This is gorgeous! I made these with my older kids today to give to their teachers. I made one for home first to test out measurements, as I was using a 550ml jar. I ended up using 3/4 cup of each, and just under 1/2 of the chips and topped with peppermint. It is so lovely, having a cup now! :)
Great recipe! All ingredients are easily adjustable if need be! I unfortunately didn't buy jars that were big enough and realized that as I started layering... I should have just adjusted my amounts to suit my jar but instead I started layering 1cup milk powder, 1cup cocoa powder etc..and it realized it wasn't going to work by the time I got to the 3rd ingredient!! However, I have no problem with keeping the first batch for myself because it is YUMMY! Just need a little practice on the measurement side! Happy Holidays! : )
I am planning on making this for gifts for work. But I have one question: whats the recipe for the small jars (pints I think) or can I use the same recipe for the small jars.. Cant wait to make this.It sounds really good.
I make these for our school's bake sale. It's pretty easy and inexpensive and it was apparently a best seller last year. I make it in quart jars, pint jars and in the little single serving ziploc bowls (which hold the 1/3 cup to make one cup). Chocolate gives me migraines so I haven't drunk any myself, but my coworkers who bought some raved about the taste.
This is definitely a keeper. If you dont want any mint chunks in the cocoa put the peppermint in a blender/food processor and chop it finely or to a powder. I added mini marshmallows to top off the jar. It is richer if you use milk instead of water or half milk half water. I would also recommend using mini chocolate chips so they melt better, but you can add bigger ones and just stir it well when you add the hot milk to your cup. Why do people put negative comments/ratings on a recipe they haven't tried? Try it first before you judge it!
Am I crazy? I made this hot chocolate for several friends for Christmas gifts and mistakenly did not taste it until after I had completed all the jars. I read the reviews here and figured it must be good. But no! I made myself a cup afterward and thought there was way too much cocoa powder. The ratios seem off and I did not enjoy it. I checked my measurements over and over.... the jars were pretty but did not make a tasty cup of cocoa. But maybe it's just me?
This was great, and the kids loved it. Why do fools rate a recipe they haven't tried, yet?!?
I LOVE this cocoa! It is perfect on a cold winter day next to the fire. I bought glass jars from Walmart and filled them and gave them out to friends during the holidays. It is fast and easy, and all of my friends enjoyed the present greatly!!
I did this as last-minute gifts for Christmas this year and made some for myself so that I knew what I was handing out. It's fantastic with hot milk (or soy milk). The key to making any good hot cocoa is to warm your milk on the stove. If you do that, the chocolate and peppermint pieces melt easily. It also looks great in the jar when you put it together in the jar and makes great gifts. It's very rich and perfect for a winter's night!
This year, I'm gifting this fun drink recipe to my friends and family. Picked up a few cute containers and the ingredients for next to nothing. It'll cost more to ship! Love finding good food gifts that warm the heart and keep the wallet full.
Why would you rate a recipe if you haven't tried it? Anywho, makes great cocoa. It's pretty much the same thing as in those ice cream shaped bags of cocoa you get as a stocking stuffer for christmas.