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Two jars of layered homemade hot chocolate mix, on a dark brown wood surface with jingle bells, peppermint candy crumbs, and decorative white baubles and artificial holiday foliage.

Hot Chocolate in a Jar

  • Author: Lorna Kring
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


Craving a hot cup of cocoa? Gift your loved ones with a homemade mugful of happiness and make our hot chocolate mix in a jar.



For the Mix:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows (or dehydrated marshmallow bits)
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes (optional)

For Hot Beverages:

  • 80 fl oz hot milk or hot water (8 oz per mugful)


To Make the Mix:

  1. In one clean and dry quart-sized jar (or divided between 2 pint-sized mason jars), layer the sugar, cocoa powder, powdered milk, chocolate chips, and sea salt. Top with the marshmallows and crushed candy canes if using.
  2. Seal with a tight fitting lid.
  3. Print or hand write the instructions below on a label and affix to the jar with ribbon.

To Make the Hot Chocolate:

  1. Shake the cocoa mix vigorously.
  2. Place 2 tablespoons of mix in a mug. Stir in 2 fl. oz. hot water or hot milk until combined.
  3. Fill the mug with 6 fl. oz. additional hot water or hot milk. Stir to combine. Top with additional marshmallows as desired. Enjoy!


Nutritional information reflects beverage made with whole powdered milk and whole liquid milk. Low-fat or nonfat versions may be substituted.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Family-Friendly Beverages
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Winter

Keywords: Christmas, hot chocolate, hot beverages, holiday beverages, chocolate