Make this Delicious Holiday Gift Item: Cocoa in a Jar

Cup of hot cocoa on wood table in Christmas decor setting

With the holiday season upon us, it’s a great time to start loading up on gifts. If one of the people on your list enjoys tasty, sweet drinks, we’ve got a great gift idea for you! Make cocoa in a jar – a delicious treat that’s just right for keeping warm this season.

Traditional Hot Cocoa in a Jar

You’ll need: 6 cups of Instant Nonfat Dry Milk, 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar, 1 cup of cocoa powder, 1 1/2 cups of miniature marshmallows (optional)

Step 1: Combine the dry milk, sugar, cocoa and marshmallows in large bowl.

Step 2: Pour the dry mixture into a 2-quart jar or tall container.

Step 3: Seal the jar with its lid and decorate it with fabric and ribbon.

Recipe to Attach:

Measure 1/2 cup cocoa mix into a mug. Stir in 1 cup hot water or milk.

Makes 12 servings.

If you’d like to use a smaller jar, try this recipe instead.

You’ll need: 1 1/2 cups of nonfat dry milk, 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of miniature marshmallows (optional)

Recipe to Attach:

Measure 1/2 cup cocoa mix into mug. Then, sir in 1 cup hot water or milk.

Makes 4 servings.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa in a Jar

You’ll need: 3 tablespoons powdered creamer, 3 tablespoons powdered milk, 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1½ tablespoons cocoa powder, 3 candy canes, marshmallows (optional)

Step 1: Pour each of the powder ingredients into the jar, layering them one-by-one.

Step 2: Crush the candy canes and place them on top of the top powder layer.

Step 3: fill the remaining space in the jar with marshmallows. Decorate the jar as you please.

Recipe to Attach:

Add ½ cup of the hot chocolate mix to 1 cup of boiling water in a mug and stir until the mixture is combined. Garnish your hot cocoa with more marshmallows and a candy cane. Enjoy!

Video Recipes

You can make a variety of hot cocoa creations by following these video recipes! Take a look at these step-by-step visuals and create a delicious mixture that your loved ones are sure to enjoy.


DIY gifts are always a holiday favorite, as they allow you to add your special touch or even personalize the gift for its recipient. With that in mind, it’s a great idea to surprise your loved ones with these delicious hot chocolate recipes! All you have to do is hop into a vehicle from Toyota of Boerne and head out to the grocery store nearest you for the ingredients you’ll need. Then, purchase a jar and festive decor that will make your present even more appealing. With this jarred treat, this holiday season is sure to be one to remember.