It’s that time of the year again. That’s right gift giving is in season. As winter approaches the hot drink are rolling. Now recently I have been invited to a few housewarming parties and the traditional gifts are fine and all, but with a tight budget and with the holidays coming around the corner I had to figure something quick and easy. Looking around the kitchen I was suddenly struck with a new idea for a gift. Something that will last and would be enjoyed by others and not just the host of the party. I figured “how about something in a jar and is easy to make?” Well at first I thought of cake mix, but what if the gift receiver doesn’t have an oven or can’t bake?, so I instead I went for the simple route. Hot Cocoa!
Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa, dutch processed (I used Ghirardelli chocolate)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 1 pinch ground allspice
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup instant coffee granules (I used Nescafe vanilla)
Step 1: Sift all the ingredients
Step 2: Stir to combine all the ingredients.
Step 3: Scoop or funnel the mixture into a mason jar and seal tightly.
Step 4: Store at room temperature and decorate it however you like
To make the hot cocoa drink just add 1-2 Tbsp. of mixture into a heat-proof mug and add in 1 cup of hot water or milk.