Quick and Easy Hot Cocoa Mix

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!

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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.

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Hot Nutella Coffee

Finding a stash of leftover whipped cream and half a jar of Nutella I thought of combining them. I wanted something hot, but that it didn’t require any real effort to make. So coffee came to mind. I’ve been going through a coffee phase and mocha has always been a favorite. Why not use Nutella.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 8 oz. hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. + 1 Tbsp. Nutella
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream

Step 1: In a large mug, stir together hot coffee, 1 1/2 Tbsp. Nutella, cocoa powder and sugar. (Add more sugar to taste, if needed.)

Step 2: In a small bowl, add in remaining Nutella and 1 Tbsp. of the hot coffee mixture. Stir until Nutella has dissolved.

Step 4: Fold Nutella mixture into the whipped cream until incorporated.

Step 5: Top hot coffee mixture with whipped cream mixture.

Frozen Nutella Hot Cocoa

It’s getting hot now since it’s summer, but I was craving for some hot cocoa. I knew if I were to get some it would just make me really sweaty from the heat. So today I will be attempting to make a frozen version, but with a twist of some Nutella. While scouring the net I stumbled upon Serendipity’s Famous Frozen Hot Chocolate and I found many variations of it. Since buying the mix was out of the question I figured I could make my own, but in a budget friendly route. The upside was that I have all of the required ingredients already. This venture will be the collaborations  of 3 different recipes. For the Nutella idea I would have to give thanks to this link. The frozen hot chocolate recipe is from this link, although I will be cutting this in half. Finally the hot cocoa mix is from this link and I will be only using 2-3 servings of it.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp cocoa mix
  • 4-5 Tbsp Nutella
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup whole milk (I used 2% milk)
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Cocoa Mix (2-3 1.5 oz. hot chocolate packets of your choice)


  • 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp dry milk powder
  • 3 Tbsp + 1 1/4 tsp confectioners’ sugar, sifted (I had to use granulated sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp + 3/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp + 3/4 tsp powdered non-dairy creamer (didn’t have any so instead I will be adding liquid creamer, in sweet cream flavor)

Step 1: In a blender add milk, cocoa mix, salt, and Nutella. (I recommend sifting the cocoa mix before adding to the blender)

Step 2: Blend until combined

Step 3: Add in the ice and blend until the ice becomes small chunks.

Step 4: Pour evenly into 2-3 glasses and place on top of a plate.

Step 5: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings.

Classic Bloody Mary

Now I’m not one for drinks, but there are the few moments where it will pop up in my head to make it. So one of the most diverse drinks I could think of is the Classic Bloody Mary. You can make it either virgin or alcoholic depending on your mood and who it’s being served to. I will be making the virgin version since I’m not a big drinker.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 (36 oz.) tomato-vegetable juice (get the one in a bottle never in a can because of the acidity of the tomato juice)
  • 2 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp and 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 Tabasco sauce
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar

Step 1: In a large jar or bottle, add all the ingredients

Step 2: Secure a lid and either shake, or stir if there is no lid, until well blended

Step 3: Refrigerate for 8-12 hours to allow flavors to meld together.

Step 4: Garnish with a fresh celery stick

  • Optional:
    • 2 tsp horseradish
    •  Instead of using the black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce, try the new A1 sauce with cracked peppercorns
    • Add 1 oz of Vodka for every serving, it can be more or less depending on the drinker

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