Do you have someone who is hard to buy gifts for? Or perhaps you want to give a gift to someone you aren’t especially close to? Either way, a hot chocolate mug with homemade chocolate mix is a great gift for loved ones, friends, and even casual acquaintances. It is usually appreciated, easy to make, it doesn’t cost a great deal, and it is unusual.
Start with a mug. Consider the person you are going to give the gift to for this part. It is helpful if you know their favorite color because you can get a mug that is that color. If the person loves coffee, you can get a large mug. You can even paint the person’s name on the outside of the mug. The idea is to be inventive, but you don’t need to mortgage your home in the process. A mug shouldn’t cost much more than $2.
Next comes the hot chocolate mix. People are often surprised at how easy it is to make the mix and it is a lot less expensive than store-bought mixes, for the amount you get. Here is the recipe.
Hot cocoa mix:
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups powdered milk
1 cup baking cocoa
Mix the ingredients together and you have hot chocolate mix. I prefer to mix them together in a food processor or blender, but you can use a flour sifter and just stir the ingredients. The reason for using a food processor, blender, or sifter is that it results in a fine mix that doesn’t result in lumpy hot chocolate.
That was really hard, wasn’t it?
If the gift is being given to a diabetic, powdered sugar isn’t a good idea. In this instance, use 2 cups of a stevia powder, like Stevia in the Raw, instead of powdered sugar.
Put an appropriate amount of the mix into a small ziplock bag, along with brief instructions for use. For a cup of hot chocolate, put a half-cup of the mix in the cup and fill the cup with boiling water. If you want to, you can also add some miniature marshmallows to the ziplock bag before sealing it. Many people like their hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Place the bag in the cup and put in a peppermint candy cane. That is the “spoon” for stirring. The candy cane adds to the festivity while adding a touch of peppermint to the hot chocolate. The only thing left is to wrap the gift and plastic wrap is quite good for that.
Don’t worry about wishing that you had a steaming cup of hot chocolate when you make this gift since the recipe is enough for over 8 cups of hot chocolate. After making several of the chocolate mugs, you can reward yourself to a cup of hot chocolate, too. You’re entitled, after all, right? Besides, you can say that you just had to make sure that it turned out right before you give the gifts. It is a wonderful excuse.
For that matter, you can make up a bunch of the hot chocolate mix for yourself and just store it in an air-tight container.
Hot chocolate mugs are suitable for birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, and all-occasion gifts. They are good gifts for a spouse, best friend, brother or sister, mother or father, mailman, your Pastor, or your favorite clerk at the local store. It can’t be much simpler to put a chocolate mug together as a gift and it isn’t too expensive, so it doesn’t break the bank. Still, they are handmade, which means that they are far more valuable than what you could buy in a store for the person.
I’ve never given one of these chocolate mugs to anyone who wasn’t thrilled to get it.