DIY Hot Cocoa In a Jar Gift

Last Christmas, I made these jars of hot cocoa for all our family members, the boy’s Sunday school teachers, and my Obstetrician and her Nurse. I also sold some to my Co-workers for them to give out as gifts as well.

This Christmas I haven’t decided if I want to make them again, but I thought I’d share with you how to make it! And the recipe for the jars. By the way: the hot cocoa recipe for the jars is phenomenal!! So creamy!

What you’ll need for Quart size jar: if you use the PINT size mason jar, just divide the measurements in half.

  • Quart size mason Jars (makes 12 servings)// Pint Size mason Jar (makes 6 servings)
  • 1 cup Nestle Nido powdered milk// 1/2 cup of powdered milk
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar// 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of Unsweetened Cocoa powder// 1/2 of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Dash of Salt// less than half a dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup of mini Marshmallows// 1/4 cup of mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup of mini Chocolate chips (I like white chocolate)// 1/4 cup of Mini Chocolate Chips


  • In the clean mason jar, use a funnel to put the ingredients layer by layer
  • Start with Sugar, then Cocoa, then Powdered Milk, the. Dash of Salt, the Chocolate Chips, then on the very top, the Marshmallows.


Instructions for Hot Cocoa:

  • Mix Contents from the Jar in a large bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of boiling water. Store remaining cocoa mix in the car, or in a Ziploc bag.



Try to keep it as steady as possible, so the lines of the ingredients aren’t so jagged. As much as you’re going to want to hit the jar to settle it, it’ll only make the ingredients blend with each other. I learned the hard way!


Making it look pretty: with free downloadable printable tag

I bought this Jute Rope from the dollar section in Target, but you can easily find it in any craft store like Michaels, Joanne’s or Hobby Lobby.

I glued one end of the jute rope around the neck of the jar and wrapped it around 3-4 times and glued it all together. * Make sure you use a glue that dries clear!


On the computer I created the ingredients and instructions tag to put on the jar. For a free downloadable printable tag with steps click here —-> Hot Cocoa Steps- Quart, Hot Cocoa Steps-Pint Classic Hot Cocoa Tag

If the formatting is a little off, here is the PDF version—-> Cocoa Steps Quart-PDF, Cocoa Steps Pint-PDF 

To make it look pretty, I went to hobby lobby and bought Christmas themed scrapbook paper and glued it on. Used a hole puncher so I can thread some jute rope through it and to then tie it to the jar. I even attached our family photo to it, since I suck at mailing Christmas cards!

To make it look extra festive, tie a candy cane to it or a mini ornament!

If you make this, send me a picture so I can see how it turned out for you!!! Hope you like it!

Hot Cocoa


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