Need an inexpensive DIY gift idea or just want a homemade hot chocolate mix on hand to make for your family?
Try this homemade peppermint hot cocoa recipe. It’s made with real food ingredients – including unsweetened cocoa powder, sea salt and organic sugar. You can even omit the sugar, and add raw honey or organic maple syrup as a sweetener. This homemade peppermint hot cocoa recipe is gluten free and free of artificial colors.
It costs about $5 to make in a reusable Mason jar, and it’s a fantastic gift for friends, teachers, neighbors, etc. Just layer each ingredient and top with a lid and a decorative ribbon (I love raffia or twine for an rustic look). You can even omit the sugar and let the recipient add it or use raw honey or other natural sweetener.
Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials
I get my other kitchen pantry supplies like sea salt, black pepper, spices, coconut oil, and other essentials either on Amazon or my local health food store usually. But then I got a Thrive membership. If you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Bob’s Red Mill baking soda, for instance, is about $3 at my local health food store and $6 on Amazon. But it’s only $2.03 (YES!) on Thrive Market. Great deal right? And the raw honey?! Don’t even get me started how much that costs at the health food store. But on Thrive Market it’s just $5.45 for a 10.5 oz jar of raw honey.
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- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup organic whole sugar (or organic coconut sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 6 drops Peppermint essential oil (where to buy high-quality essential oils)
- 1 cup natural marshmallows
- 2 pint-sized Mason jars and lids
- Get a 1-quart Mason jar.
- Layer cocoa powder, sugar, salt, chocolate chips and Peppermint oil.
- Top with a lid and add a gift tag with these directions: Mix entire contents in a bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup of cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of hot milk (cow, almond or coconut milk). Store remaining mix in Mason jar. Makes 12 servings.
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