In case you missed it, Better Homes and Gardens hosted their first-ever livestream event last week! Filled with tips and tricks for getting your home guest-ready holidays, it's definitely worth watching the recorded video if you didn't have the opportunity to see it live.
I took away tons of ideas for our upcoming celebrations, but one of my favorite is this delicious hot chocolate mix... Not only is it a wonderful treat to have on hand when there's a cold wind whipping around outside, it's also perfect for gift giving -- around the holidays and beyond.
Whether you're making this hot chocolate mix recipe to keep on hand or give as a gift, these Better Homes and Gardens Flip-Tite Storage Containers are ideal for keeping your mix fresh and easy to access. I use the 7.5-cup container for this recipe, but if you need the extra storage, this 3-pack is the best value for your money. You get one each of the 4.5-cup, 7.5-cup and 10-cup containers (a savings of $2.91), PLUS the set comes with a 1-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine!
To be completely honest, if I'm making this hot chocolate mix for personal use, I just dump everything into my container willy-nilly and give it a good shake to mix it all up. But if I'm giving it as a gift, it looks prettiest when you layer the ingredients one by one.
Here's a quick video my girls helped me make that shows how easy it is to make this hot chocolate mix:
Just to recap, we start with the sugar on the bottom, followed by the cocoa powder, dry milk powder, chocolate chips, and marshmallows. One tip I would add is to carefully wipe down any excess powder on the sides between ingredients for a clean presentation (if that's important to you)...
Finally, just add a gift tag with instructions on how to prepare the hot chocolate for drinking (it's a simple 1:1 ratio), and you've got a fantastic teacher gift, hostess gift, thank you gift, etc.! I picked up these gorgeous gold and white gift tags in the Walmart craft department.
I should note that this mix definitely earns the "decadent" label! It produces a hot chocolate that is creamy, thick and rich, and a little goes a long way, so keep the servings small.
If you want to jazz your hot chocolate mix up a bit more, here are some fun variations:
Mexican hot chocolate mix -- add 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and a pinch of chili powder.
peppermint hot chocolate mix -- add one cup of peppermint candies or crushed candy canes, also a great addition to the white hot chocolate mix below.
white hot chocolate mix -- substitute 2 (3.4-oz.) packages of white chocolate pudding mix for the cocoa powder and use white chocolate chips instead of the milk chocolate chips.
What's your favorite way to serve hot chocolate?