From Daryl aka Avery:
There's nothing that feels better during the holidays than making something to give. Something from the heart. It could be a card. A personal ornament. A batch of cookies.
Or hot cocoa.
This is a luscious gift your recipient can savor now, or in the months to come. Because this particular gift doesn't go "bad." Granted, it might not be as good a year from now, but it'll keep well for at least three months in a sealed tight jar. [I dare you to keep it that long!]
I learned about this recipe after seeing a picture on Pinterest last year, a few days before Christmas, but I didn't have a chance to share it with you. I have to say that the people I gave it to were so excited. Big smiles. What's not to like? It's rich and satisfying.
PS I can't for the life of me find the recipe via Pinterest again, so I'm sorry for "borrowing" from the Internet without making note of who designed this easy recipe.
Hot Cocoa for Christmas Gifts
(1 recipe makes 3-4 jars * I doubled the recipe in photos below)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa (use a high-quality brand; I used Penzey’s)
2 ½ cups powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Small marshmallows * (see note Gluten-free)
Dump the ingredients into a bowl. Stir. Distribute into jars with lids. You can top with some marshmallows. Close the lid.
Add some ribbon and a tag with directions for your recipient to fill a mug half full with mix and then add steaming hot water. Stir and enjoy!
You can handwrite a card...
Or print one out like this:
Note: * if you have a gluten-free recipient, don’t add marshmallows unless the marshmallows are gluten-free. FYI: Kraft Marshmallows are!
Last gasp: I had one cup left over after filling 6 jars. What to do? What to do?
Duh. I made myself a mug.
Savor the mystery!
Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
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