DIY: Hot Cocoa in a Jar

By Lauren Sharkey

Lots of traditions come with the cold weather – Christmas decorations, snowmen, and holiday shopping.  But one tradition, above all else, has always been my favorite – hot cocoa.  There is nothing better than cozying up with a mug of hot cocoa and a blanket, preparing to watch Love Actually for the millionth time.

However, this winter past time is more than just a delicious way to warm up on a cold night.  It also makes a perfect (an inexpensive) Christmas present!

Here’s what you’ll need (makes about 6):

Supplies

8 oz. Mason Jars (12 count available at Amazon for $8.97 or at Michael’s for $1.49 each)
Granulated sugar
Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
Ground Cinnamon
Mini marshmallows
Ribbon
Gift tags (available at Michael’s)
Candy Canes (Optional)

Directions:

1.  On each gift tag, write:  To Serve:  Remove and set aside marshmallows.  Mix contents of jar in a large bowl and return mix to jar.  Bring one cup of milk to a simmer, add ¼ cup mix, and stir.  Pour into mug, add marshmallows, and enjoy!

recipe

2.  Weave ribbon through hole in tag.

ribbon

3.  In each jar, layer ¼ sugar, ½ cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and fill remaining space with marshmallows.

cocoa in jar

4.  Wrap tag and ribbon around mouth of jar, and tie two knots.  Curl ribbon with scissor.

ribbon on jar

5.  Place lid back on jar and close.  Tape candy cane to jar.

cocoa finishes

Cost Breakdown:

8 oz. Mason Jars – $8.97
Granulated sugar – $1.98
Cocoa powder – $2.48
Ground Cinnamon – $2.78
Mini marshmallows – $2.56
Ribbon -$2.99
Gift tags – $4.99
Candy Canes – $1.29

The total cost of supplies for this Christmas craft come to about $29 with tax.  Even though it’s a lot to shell out in one shot, and you have to go to multiple stores to get your supplies, the average American actually spends about $500-$600 on gifts for friends and family.  However, this simple gift will only cost you about $4.85 a piece.  And when all is said and done, you have a beautiful homemade present, and you’ve knocked about six people off your list.  Not too shabby, eh?

Tweet pics of your Hot Cocoa in a Jar to @SavvySeawolf!

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