My favorite holiday drink is peppermint hot chocolate. Or, add espresso and make it a peppermint mocha! Hopefully my daughter’s teachers like it too, because she took a couple of these little jars to them for presents today.
I found a pack of 12 pint size Ball jars on clearance at Target a while back. So I decided that gifts in a jar would be great for us this year – cute and budget-friendly. The only problem was that my jars are pints, and all the recipes I could find online were for quart sizes. If you’re having the same trouble, you’re in luck, because I’ve created a peppermint hot chocolate recipe to fit a pint sized jar.
To help you finish up in the holiday rush, I’ve also modified the gift tags my husband created so that they work on this gift. Here’s what the pieces look like:
I cut out the two tags, and then used a glue stick to stick them together. Punch a hole, and it’s ready to add to the package. For the Merry Christmas words, cut it out along the light grey line, and then glue it to some fun scrapbook paper to make your label. Then use a glue stick to glue the whole label to the jar.
Next, for the really important part – the ingredients. For one pint sized jar, here’s my recipe:
- 1/2 cup powdered milk
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup peppermints, obliterated in the food processor
Now, I’ve seen lots of cute gift-in-a-jar recipes for hot chocolate that involve layering the sugar and cocoa powder to look pretty. But it’s pretty important that those are blended before the person tries to fix a cup of cocoa. So, I went for practicality here, and I blended the first three ingredients together very well.
Add the cocoa powder mixture to your jar, and tap the jar on the counter to pack it down and give a bit more space for your other goodies. Then get out a clean paper towel and wipe out the top of your jar that’s above the mix. It’s likely all covered in cocoa powder, and the chocolate chips and peppermint won’t look as pretty through a cocoa fog. So give it a quick wipe.
Then, just pour in the chocolate chips. And top it with the peppermint. The peppermint pieces won’t melt in the drink, so it’s important that you really obliterate them into as much peppermint dust in the food processor as you can.
Cut a circle out of the same scrapbook paper you used for your label, using the lid as a template. Lay it over the main lid, and screw down the ring. Tie on your label, add a candy cane, and you’ve got yourself a cute and yummy gift.