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Hot Cocoa Mix

cocoa-mix

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!

Another item included in my holiday gift packages was bags of hot cocoa mix.  This may have been my favorite thing in the bags, as it was very cute and festive but only took about 5 minutes to put together.  I did try some of it myself and was definitely impressed with the flavor.  It completely dissolved into the liquid for a very smooth drink, which is great because I have tasted far too many powdered hot chocolates that simply would not blend into the liquid – yuck!  I also made some super cute peppermint stirrers to go with this, but unfortunately I never photographed them.  I think a lot of variations could be made by mixing in crushed peppermint, vanilla bean seeds, butterscotch or caramel chips, etc.  Use your imagination!  I embossed a snowflake onto these plain white bags for a more festive presentation.

Hot Cocoa Mix
Yield: about 4 cups cocoa mix

Ingredients:
2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1/8 tsp. salt
mini-marshmallows

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Whisk together until evenly blended.  Portion into gift packages as desired, and top each with a handful of mini-marshmallows.

Attach tags with the following instructions: “Mix 4-5 heaping tablespoons of cocoa mix with very warm water or milk to achieve desired flavor.  Top with mini marshmallows and garnish with peppermint stirrer.  Enjoy!”

Source: adapted from FamilyFun.com

  • http://sweetsavorysouthern.wordpress.com Renea(MrsSchoon)

    Very cute!

  • Christine Savinelli

    I really enjoy your food blog & all the nice idea’s & recipes you include on your blog. I’d like to take this time to wish you, your husband & Baby Boy a joyous holiday. I’m sure your enjoying his very 1’st x-mas. I’m a wife & Mom of a 10 year old girl. Merry Christmas! Christine

  • http://cookingcampus.wordpress.com/ diana

    aw how cute!!!! what lucky friends you must have.

  • joelen

    What a great festive package! Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours. :)

  • http://amandascookin.blogspot.com/ Amanda

    Here’s wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!

  • http://www.browneyedbaker.com Chelle

    Awesome packaging!! I am saving this for next year!

  • http://telly21182.blogspot.com Angie

    Wow. that packaging is adorable!!

  • michelle

    Where did you find these bags?

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  • http://knitpickingit.blogspot.com Trudy

    Those are the cutest little bags. I’m defintitely going to make some of this up to give out as gifts–but the presentation won’t be as cute, I’m afraid!

  • http://adorkable-me.blogspot.com/ Melanie

    Just made this and it’s just right! I bought white mugs and used a gold Sharpie Paint pen to personalize them. The cocoa mix makes it a perfect gift. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688595672 Becky Knutson

    Do you remember where you got those bags?

  • annieseats

    I think it was Nashville Wraps (online company).