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Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix + Variations | Homemade Gift Idea

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 missed it.

Hot Chocolate Mix -- with a beautiful layered presentation, this homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is a fantastic gift idea! Perfect as a teacher gift, thank you gift, hostess gift, etc... | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

I took away tons of ideas for our upcoming celebrations. 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!

Hot Chocolate Mix -- with a beautiful layered presentation, this homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is a fantastic gift idea! Perfect as a teacher gift, thank you gift, hostess gift, etc... | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Whether you’re making this hot chocolate mix recipe to keep on hand or give as a gift, these BHG 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 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.

How To Make Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Above is a quick video my girls shot that shows how easy it is to make this hot chocolate mix! This is definitely a kid-friendly project.

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)…

Hot Chocolate Mix -- with a beautiful layered presentation, this homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is a fantastic gift idea! Perfect as a teacher gift, thank you gift, hostess gift, etc... | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Finally, 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.

Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix

Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows (optional)
  • 1 cup starlight peppermints or crushed candy canes (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a 7.5-cup BHG Flip-Tite Storage Container, layer the hot chocolate mix ingredients in the following order: sugar, cocoa powder, milk powder, chocolate chips, marshmallows (optional) and peppermints (optional). Store in a cool, dry spot for up to one month.
  2. To prepare the hot chocolate mix for drinking, combine 2 cups of mix with 2 cups of water in a large saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate pieces are melted and the mixture is heated through. Makes 4 servings.

How much did you LOVE this recipe?

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Hot Chocolate Mix -- with a beautiful layered presentation, this homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is a fantastic gift idea! Perfect as a teacher gift, thank you gift, hostess gift, etc... | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

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 1 (3.4-oz.) package of white chocolate pudding mix for the cocoa powder, plus a few changes to the ratios throughout.

What’s your favorite way to serve hot chocolate?

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Sue Philips

Monday 2nd of November 2015

This looks awesome, but do you really mix it up with 2 CUPS of mix in 2 cups of water? Seems like a lot!

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Monday 2nd of November 2015

Hi Sue! I had the same reaction when I first read the recipe on BHG, and actually, they call for 1 2/3 cup water to 2 cups of mix, so I already increased the water a bit. It makes a very rich and chocolatey hot chocolate (decadent!!!), so small servings go a long way. I definitely think you could increase the water even more if you prefer, though.