Makes 1 quart mix or 12 servings hot cocoa

Layer the sweet ingredients for homemade peppermint hot chocolate in a jar, add a ribbon and a tag, and you have a simple but stylish holiday gift.

How to Make It

Layer powdered milk, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, chocolate chips, and peppermint candy.

Chef's Notes

This mix will fill a 1-quart jar (12 servings), but if your containers are different sizes, just keep the ratio of ingredients constant. On the back of the tag, write: "Mix contents in a large bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup boiling water. Store remaining mix in airtight container."

Ratings & Reviews

RanaNile's Review

June 18, 2014

DanHumphreys's Review

January 05, 2014

thefrys2's Review

December 14, 2013

elizabethkim09's Review

December 13, 2013
Beautiful and unique gift idea! I purchased mason jars on sale and each gift cost about $2.50 each. I would recommend using dark chocolate powder as it makes it taste richer and less like Swiss Miss. I also added mini marshmallows at the top. I used quart sized jars and found myself using only half the ingredients (1/2c cocoa, 1/2c sugar, 1/2c powdered milk). I cut out cardstock circles and decorated them as the peppermint candies as the gift tags. As I was bringing them to work for my coworkers, tons of people stopped me in the halls and elevators telling me how cute they were. Sure win!

kathrinerickerd's Review

December 08, 2013

SNSH1NE's Review

December 04, 2013

snivellus's Review

December 23, 2012

ParamMindTree's Review

December 17, 2012

wendychic's Review

December 14, 2012
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?

Pinittowinit's Review

December 11, 2012
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!!