Can someone please tell me what is better than curling up with a tasty, hot cup of cocoa?
Honestly, it has to be about the best thing in the world. It surely is one of the best things about winter!
I have a great recipe for you that is easy to put together, makes a really big batch AND some ideas of how you can incorporate this homemade recipe into your holiday gift giving.
Having been a coach, Sunday school teacher, Girl Scout leader and so on, I can assure you that small gifts that are consumable are the perfect thing to give to those you appreciate this season. It saves on the clutter and can be enjoyed by the whole family. As an added bonus, you can show your appreciation without going into debt. I also have some ideas for the gift that needs to be a bit more substantial.
First, here is the delicious hot cocoa mix recipe:
Mom’s Hot Cocoa
- 10 2/3 cups instant powdered milk (this is the size of one standard box)
- 1 – 16 ounce can of chocoate drink mix (such as Nesquik)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 6 cups nondairy creamer
- mini marshmallows (optional)
Directions: place all ingredients into a very large bowl. Stir with a whisk until thoroughly combined. To use, place 2-4 tablespoons of the mixture into 8 ounces of hot water. Stir until dissolved.
And now, some gift giving ideas:
Cute packaging is the key to this gift. I have used clear cellophane bags, food bags (like the one pictured, purchased at Pickyourplum.com), mason jars and simple disposable containers. Add a tag with directions on how to use the mix and a pretty ribbon. On the front of the tag, you can include a message like, “I hope you stay warm and cozy this holiday season!”
Simple add-ons like a cute mug or a chocolate spoon brings the gift up a notch, without going overboard. My daughter has a big sister and a little sister on her swim team, so we packaged up some cocoa mix and a warm pair of slipper socks for each girl to enjoy during the off-season.
Or, you can turn the tables and make the mix a thoughtful touch. You could wrap up some of the mix with a warm blanket and some candles for the newlyweds in your life. Or, you could add it to some popcorn, candy and movies for an at home movie night. Another idea would be to give a board game, snacks and the cocoa mix to a family or couple. Finally, you could package it up with a new thermos or lunch bag.
This list could go on! Be creative and have a warm and wonderful season.
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