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This Hot Chocolate Gift includes a homemade hot cocoa recipe and gift idea with free printable tags – perfect for sharing!

This Hot Chocolate Gift makes a delightful present for neighbors and friends. For more festive shareable ideas try a Holiday Spice Jar, Christmas Cookie Jar, Merry Christmas Salsa, Christmas Soda Pop Bottle Gift Set, or Merry Christmas Candy Bar Wrappers.

Two mason jar hot chocolate gift sets decorated for gifting.

a cozy gift!

I love having cute, handmade gifts to share with those I love during Christmas and the holidays, and am always on the hunt for unique ideas.

Knowing we have a fabulous recipe for a homemade Hot Chocolate Mix, I thought it would be fun to create a perfect gift for sharing with those chocolate lovers.

This DIY Hot Chocolate Gift comes together quickly and can be gifted in a variety of ways (for families or individuals). I have included all of the ideas, and a cute printable tag to make gift-giving a breeze!

Mixing hot chocolate ingredients for the perfect hot chocolate gift.

Making a hot chocolate gift set

This Hot Cocoa Gift is easy to make and perfect for sharing this holiday season! To start, you’ll need:

  • TWO Quart Mason Jar
  • Hot Cocoa ingredients
  • 1½ cups Mini Marshmallows (divided – ¾ cup for each jar)
  • Printable tag (below), if desired
  • Ribbon/Twine

HOT COCOA MIX. In a large bowl, sift together powdered sugar, powdered milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and salt. Mix to combine well. 

STORE. Pour into storage containers and add mini marshmallows, if desired. Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 6 months. 

To make cocoa, mix ¼ cup hot cocoa mix with ¾ cup warm milk. Add your hot cocoa to a jar and leave enough room for some mini marshmallows.

This recipe makes 5½ cups of hot chocolate mix. One serving uses ¼ cup of powder, so this recipe will make 22 individual servings.

Filling mason jars with mix and marshmallows for a hot chocolate gift.

Hot Chocolate Mix tips

Classic Hot Chocolate Mix contains 3 main ingredients: powdered milk, cocoa, and sugar. The better the quality of ingredients, the better your chocolate mix will turn out to be. 

Powdered milk. Use whole milk powder or nonfat dry milk powder (found in the baking aisle at the grocery store).

Some powdered milk will have a strange aftertaste which will be present in the hot chocolate. Morning Moo, Judee’s, Bob’s Red Mill, or Carnation all make good powdered milk. 

Cocoa powder. The type of cocoa powder used sets the foundation for this drink. Use natural baking cocoa, cacao powder, or dutch processed cocoa. Do not use chocolate milk mix or hot chocolate powder to make this recipe. 

Powdered sugar is the same as confectioners sugar. In a pinch, you can use granulated sugar, but it won’t be as smooth or sweet. Sift the powdered sugar to eliminate any clumps.

Variations. Mix in unique flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, or cayenne pepper to the hot chocolate mix.

Prepared hot chocolate in mugs using the hot chocolate gift.

Hot Chocolate Gift Set tips

Divide the mix in different ways depending on the type of gift you wish to give. 

Print out the cute tag and be sure to include instructions on how to make a serving of hot chocolate. I usually just write it on the back of the gift tag:  “Mix ¼ cup hot cocoa mix with ¾ cup hot milk or water”.

Jar. Each quart mason jar contains about 2¾ cups of hot chocolate powder which will yield 11 servings of hot chocolate.

Add a festive cover over the top of the jar and secure it with a ribbon and gift tag. I have also seen metal red and green lids and rings that can be used. 

Mug. Use the mix to create personal Hot Chocolate Mugs.

  • Add ¼ cup of chocolate mix and a few mini marshmallows to a plastic bag. Tie off the top and insert it into a mug.
  • Wrap the entire mug with cellophane or secure a tissue paper or fabric circle over the top of the mug.
  • Attach the gift tag. 

Basket. Use the Hot Chocolate Mix as the base to create a gift basket. Design them to include enough for a large family or a smaller basket for 1 or 2 people.

Additional gift basket ideas:

  • Add a few individual containers of flavored coffee creamer.
  • Add cinnamon sticks, candy canes, or peppermint spoons which can be used to stir the hot cocoa as well as add extra flavor.
  • Include a packet of white chocolate chips, crushed peppermint candies, or Ghirardelli squares that can be stirred into a cup of hot chocolate.
  • A package of cookies to eat with a cup of cocoa. 
  • Include stylish mugs or disposable hot drink cups with lids. 
Close up of filled and decorated mason jar hot chocolate gifts.

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Hot Chocolate Gift

By: Lil’ Luna
This Hot Chocolate Gift includes a homemade hot cocoa recipe and gift idea with free printable tags – perfect for sharing!
Servings: 11 per jar
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes


  • 2 Quart Size Mason Jars
  • Printable Tag
  • Ribbon or Twine


  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups powdered milk or instant nonfat dry milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup mini marshmallows divided
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  • In a large bowl, sift together powdered sugar, powdered milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and salt. (You can also pulse them in a blender or food processor.)
  • Divide the cocoa mix into two mason jars. Add ¾ cup mini marshmallows on top. Seal each jar with a lid.
  • Tie the printable tag onto the jar using ribbon or twine.
  • To make a cup of hot chocolate: Mix ¼ cup hot cocoa powder with ¾ cup warm milk or water. Sprinkle on a few mini marshmallows.


Serving: 11g, Calories: 115kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 87mg, Potassium: 234mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 19IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 134mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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Cut out and attach to the jar with ribbon/twine.

If you have friends or family that like Hot Cocoa, then they’ll LOVE this!

Happy Holidays!!

About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Lori L. Kasey says:

    5 stars
    How much do I use if I just wanted to put the mix in pint jars? I am assuming same, it will just require more pint jars. I am guessing like 6-8? Just wanted your opinion Thanks so much!

  2. Megan Smith says:

    Hello Kristyn,

    I loved this idea and if you allow me, I will use this for a DIY gift idea on our blog. How about adding some chocolate pieces?

  3. Jodi Jacobson says:

    You got a new baby sister how cool Lily her name is Melody right my niece dressed up as Elsa too

  4. sonia says:

    What size is the jar? How many ounces?

  5. Lauren G. says:

    What are the instructions for actually making the drink with the mix? How much mix per cup of milk/water?

  6. Tanya says:

    Lily you are absolutely the cutest crafter ever! This is such a great idea for gift-giving. Pinning 🙂


  7. Liz says:

    Thank you Lily. So very cute.