Finally, there’s a holiday favorite with better-for-you ingredients – Hot Chocolate! Get ready for the gift-giving season for all your health-conscious friends, family & teachers with my healthier hot cocoa mix in a jar recipe. There’s undoubtedly something special about giving homemade hot cocoa as a gift. So if you’re looking for a healthier version of a homemade hot cocoa mix, this one is it!
Healthier Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar Recipe
Before I get to the recipe, I want to mention that, yes, you will spend more money on these ingredients. And, yes, you may have to go to two different stores as I did. But may I suggest to start now getting your ingredients and supplies all together, then when it comes time to make the mixes, you’ll have everything in place.
Here is a little about each brand and its products. As you can see, there is not one bad, if any, preservatives in this group. Well, except maybe the marshmallows.
- Coconut milk Powdered Creamer – Kroger’s Simple Truth – free from 101+ artificial preservatives & ingredients. Kroger $4.99.
- Navitas Organic Cacao Powder – dark chocolate superfood which has antioxidants, a source of magnesium & potassium, fair trade certified. Health food store.
- Kroger Brand Powdered Milk – nonfat dry milk, fortified with Vitamins A&D, and nothing else. Kroger $3.19.
- Wholesome Organic Powdered Confectioners Sugar – fair trade certified, gluten-free, corn-free. Sprouts $3.17
- Enjoy Life Mini Chips – 100% real chocolate, non-GMO verified, premium chocolate from harvested cocoa beans, allergy-friendly – Sprouts $3.50. Kroger $4.79. Target on sale for $4.49.
- Wholesome Organic Peppermint Candy Canes – no HFCS, no synthetic colors, naturally flavored, fair trade certified – Sprouts $2.39. Target $3.29.
- Marshmallows – you’re on your own on this one. I couldn’t find any that I liked so I went with the freshest. Kroger $1.25.
Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar Recipe
You’ll need a 16 oz wide-mouth glass jar with a lid.
Once made, this recipe makes 3 cups of delicious, healthier hot cocoa.
Begin by layering your jar with these ingredients starting at the bottom of the glass jar with number one, then number two, number three, and so on.
- Powdered creamer – 1/3 cup
- Cocoa powder – 3 tablespoons
- Powdered milk – 1/3 cup
- Powdered sugar – 1/3 cup
- Chocolate chips – 3 tablespoons
- Crushed candy canes – 3 tablespoons (3 candy canes)
- Marshmallows – 3 tablespoons or more!
Note: I used a chopper to chop up the peppermint candy canes. Made it so much easier.
How to make a healthier Hot Cocoa Mix
Remove the marshmallows and set aside for now. With a spoon, mix up the remaining ingredients. Fill a mug with 1 cup of boiling water. Add 1/2 cup of the mix to the mug and stir. Top with marshmallows.
So go ahead – curl up in front of the TV with a blanket and your mug of this healthier hot cocoa and watch a few of those favorite Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel.
For gift-giving, tie a festive ribbon and attached a unique gift tag as I have used on mine above with one of these free printable vintage-inspired Christmas tags.
This healthier hot cocoa mix in a jar recipe is an excellent gift for teachers and principals. Also, don’t forget your kids’ music, art, and gym teachers!
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