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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix in a Bucket

I have a sweet gift idea recipe for you guys today.  I have made this yummy
Hot Cocoa recipe, tried it and loved it!  It's perfect for neighbors, teachers, co workers and more.

To make this Hot Cocoa Recipe Mix you will need the following:
  • 4 cups of instant dry milk
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups sugar, if you like it super sweet you may add more to your mix.
  • 1 cup powered creamer
  • 2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 package of instant store bought chocolate or vanilla mix pudding (optional)
  • chocolate chips (will melt and make the cocoa taste like melted candy bars)
  • (optional) add cinnamon to mix about a tablespoon or so, it makes it delicious
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   Steps 1 - 4.  Mix all the ingredients into a dry large bowl; the dry milk, sugar, powdered creamer...

   Step 5.  This is optional, but I grinded my chocolate chips and added it to the mix.  
   You may keep your chips whole if you wish.

   Step 7.  This is also optional, add your pudding mix to the ingredients, I had vanilla on hand.  
   This just makes the cocoa creamier and rich in flavor.

   Step 8.  Add your cocoa powder.

Use a whisk to stir everything together, if the cocoa mix clumps, just smash the little balls with a fork.
When everything is evenly distributed, transfer into a clean mason jar, sealed canister or coffee can.
This recipe makes about 15 cups of Hot Cocoa.
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Decorate your mason jar or coffee can as you wish and add marshmallows.

Add instructions on how to make the cocoa.  

For this recipe the instructions should read:

Add 1/3 cup of mix to mug and add Hot water 
or hot milk, top with marshmallows if desired.  Enjoy!
Psst!  For extra rich flavor, add brown sugar and enjoy.
You may add one or two mugs to your gift or place it in a basket for gift giving.
Get creative and use your imagination.

The way I love to make my cocoa is by warming up the milk in a sauce pan
and add my cocoa mix to the milk stirring it for a minute, then I pour it into my
mug and top it off with marshmallows, cinnamon and whip cream, oh how yummy!
  I hope that you enjoy it.

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  1. What a lovely idea!
    I will make it for mu husband. He doesn't like store bought hot chocolate, so this sounds perfect!

  2. This is so cute! Thanks for the great hot cocoa recipe. I can't wait to make it and put it in cute jars. Your packaging is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. The recipe looks YUMMY and your gift looks so pretty! *pinned!*

  4. Ooh, I love the addition of the pudding. Totally making some!

  5. Great idea! I made these as gifts this year with a few DIY Spice mixes. I know my family will be thrilled! Thanks for the cute packaging ideas.

  6. Hey D, I wanted to pop back in and let you know that I've featured this hot cocoa mix on this week's Pinteresting Party!


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