Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gifts In A Jar- Hot Chocolate Mix

I am running like a crazy person getting ready for Christmas, as I'm sure most of you are as well. I love this time of year, but it's also the most stressful! One of my biggest stressors is finding a way to give a meaningful gift to the numerous teachers and friends of my three young ones. This year, I thought I'd try hot chocolate mix. It was easy and very tasty (oh yeah, I tried a few cups myself. Just a few....). I have yet to have time to cover the tops with the cute Debbie Mumm fabric I found at JoAnn's today, so that'll be this weekends project. Maybe I can get those wonderful kiddies of mine to help!
Hot Chocolate Mix

1½ cups skim milk powder
1 cup white sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
¾ cup non-dairy creamer

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well. For a finer mix, combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix well. Add to small canning jars. Fill to the top. Seal with canning lids. Decorate as desired.

Store in an air tight container.

Directions for label (add to ribbon around jar or print out and use as a label on the jar)

Place 2 or 3 tablespoons in a mug and add boiling water or warm milk. Enjoy!

Decorate the jar lid with a circle of fabric or lace, tied on with ribbon or raffia.

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas."
-Peg Bracken


southernlady64 said...

I love the quote on your post and these are just wonderful gifts. I am not at all talented when it comes to doing something or making something like this. I bet the chocolate is good, too. I think I will try your recipe. Sounds like something good to have around if someone drops in. I bake a lot of breads, cookies and such. Then, I have to hide them to keep them from being eaten! Have a good weekend.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Southernlady- this recipe is so quick and easy to make that I made a small batch just for us last night and had a cup. I use milk with it to make it more creamy.

I get the hiding the food thing. I can't keep anything I make longer than a day in this house if I don't hide it!

Hope you have a great weekend too!

CountryDew said...

Looks yummy. I would love to receive this!

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Anita, what's your address? LOL

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

That's a great gift! I'd love to get it too! Have a great Christmas if I don't see you on the blogs!

Beth said...

That's a wonderful gift, Mary Ann. Thanks for this recipe. I drink tons of hot chocolate this time of year, so I think I'll try to make this---I'm sure it's much better than the commercial stuff.

Most of my gifts are food that I've made---usually cookies or sweet breads. People seem to really appreciate them.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Debi- thanks! I'm hoping to get a chance to blog a recipe (or two if I'm lucky!) before Christmas but if not, Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

Beth- I'm so glad you like the recipe. I'm a big hot chocolate fan too and I love how creamy this makes the chocolate. Merry Christmas to you and your family!