How to Make Hot Chocolate Mix in a Jar + Free Printable Gift Tag

Koti Beth Designs
by Koti Beth Designs
8 servings
15 min

Hot cocoa mason jars make a cute gift idea for any occasion. This is an easy recipe to make, and I have printable gift tags so your hot chocolate jar gift recipe is ready for gifting. I also have some variations of things to add for different flavors.

Hot cocoa is a classic winter drink that almost everyone loves. These hot cocoa mix jars make a cute presentation to give as a gift or keep on the shelf for yourself for homemade hot chocolate mix.

You can easily make several jars (think teacher gifts!) or make a few jars and keep on the shelf for yourself.

I made them layered because they look cute, but you can also mix the ingredients in a bowl before filling the jars so it's ready to go.

I love making hot cocoa mason jars because they are so easy to make! Just line up your jars, add the ingredients, and then attach the label. Boom. Several jars done in just a few minutes.

You can customize your hot chocolate jar gift recipe by adding different things. I have a list of variations and additives below to use.

This hot chocolate recipe in a mason jar is made with real ingredients without preservatives or fillers. This gives it a better taste, and you can enjoy a mug of hot cocoa without the additives.

They are easy to store on the shelf for cold winter nights. Too tired to make hot cocoa from scratch? Just grab a jar off the shelf and make it.

This hot chocolate mix in a jar gift is inexpensive. I've given them as teacher gifts because it's hard to buy for 10+ teachers each year.

This hot cocoa mason jar mix is a basic recipe, but here are some variations that you can make:

  • Use milk to make your hot chocolate instead of water. It makes it creamy for a delicious treat.
  • You can also use almond milk or oat milk. Personally, I prefer oat milk.
  • Instead of chocolate chips, try crushed peppermint candies or Andes bits.
  • Use white chocolate powder or dark chocolate powder for delicious variations. Note that the white chocolate power is a premade hot chocolate mix, so don't add the milk powder or sugar.
  • Add cinnamon, nutmeg, chai mix, or vanilla powder for a flavored mix.
  • Add a dash of cayenne pepper for a spicy hot chocolate.
How to Make Hot Chocolate Mix in a Jar + Free Printable Gift Tag
Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 - 1 ½ cup mini marshmallows

Layer the dry ingredients into the jars. For a 16 oz mason jar hot chocolate recipe, layer 1 cup sugar, 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup powdered milk. 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and 1 to 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows. To make 2 8-ounce jelly jars, add 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup powdered milk, 1/4 cup chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup mini marshmallows to each jar. I used a mason jar funnel to make it easy and prevent spilling. Add a lid.
Print the tags and cut out the tags using a paper trimmer or scissors. Punch a hole in the top left corner of the tag.
Cut the twine about three feet long. Wrap it around the rim of the jar several times. Stick one end of the twine through the hole in the tag and tie into a bow.
Add 1/4 cup to a mug. Add 8 ounces of hot milk or water and stir.
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  • Lilu Lilu on Jan 15, 2023

    Where do I find the free printable gift tag? This would be a cute Valentine's Day gift here on the cold plains of Kansas!

  • Jan Baldwin Jan Baldwin on Jan 15, 2023

    Free printable gift tag? Can't seem to find it.