Everyone knows that reusing glass jars is the trendiest new craft to take part in, so why not make gift giving easy this year and make your own hot cocoa jars this holiday season?

These hot cocoa jars are the perfect combination of an aesthetically-pleasing, cute vibe without breaking the bank, and it just so happens that this mix is really, really tasty. This recipe will make three pint-sized jars worth of mix with five cups of hot chocolate per jar. If you want even more holiday spirit than just a red bow, I recommend adding some peppermint bits or cinnamon.

Dutch Hot Chocolate Mix

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:0
  • Total Time:5 mins
  • Servings:3
  • Easy


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Dutch-process cocoa
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dehydrated marshmallows optional but highly encouraged
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  • Step 1

    Measure out cocoa, powdered sugar, powdered milk, and salt.

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  • Step 2

    Combine measured ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.

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  • Step 3

    Distribute into jars for gifting to your friends (or yourself as encouragement to get through the winter).

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  • Step 4

    Place dehydrated marshmallows at the top of the jar.

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  • Step 5

    Add a special touch with a nice bow or card if feeling festive, and enjoy.

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This simple recipe is the best way to create a thoughtful DIY gift for your friends without spending hours and your entire bank account. Not only is this hot chocolate mix ridiculously creamy and chocolaty, but it's also the best treat for sitting by the fireplace this winter—or if you're in college, pretending you're sitting by a fireplace this winter while you drink hot chocolate in your dorm.

Given that these tiny gifts had a 100% approval rate among my friends, I promise any hot cocoa (or Pinterest) lover won't be disappointed with this creation. 

With that, happy holidays, and happy sipping.