DIY Homemade Hot Cocoa in a Jar Gift

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DIY hot cocoa

I LOVE simple gifts, especially gifts in a jar and this is a great one to make for everything from holiday gifts to wedding gifts or just simple “thank you” gifts! This recipe makes a LOT of cocoa. So if you are needing it just for one or two gifts just cut it in half! You’ll need:

glass jars or other airtight containers
1 cup powdered coffee creamer
4 cups powdered cocoa
10 cups powdered milk
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 box of instant chocolate pudding mix


Dump all ingredients into a large bowl.


Mix together well.


Add to jar!! Simple as that! Add a ribbon, decorative cloth, label, or anything else that you would like to add to personalize your jar! As for the recipe itself you’ll need 2 heaping spoonfuls of mix to one cup of hot water. The pudding mix in this makes the hot cocoa VERY rich and chocolatey! I absolutely LOVE this stuff and make it in batches for myself at home!

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  1. Aimee Bakar says:

    Sounds delicious!! Do you know how many jars this will fill, and of what size?

    1. Hi Aimee! I *think* I cut the recipe in a quarter (or maybe half?) and it made one full quart jar. You can decrease the amount that you put in the jar by adding marshmallows on top! 🙂

  2. Kelly Nestler says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m definitely making some of these for my kids’ teachers. I have a Meatless Monday link up on my blog and I’d love if you’d share this recipe. If you’re interested, you can find the link at
    Thanks again for all of your posts.

  3. Kelly Nestler says:

    Thank you for adding this to our weekly Link Up. This recipe is the feature for the week. Feel free to grab your featured button at
    Thanks again!

  4. Catherine says:

    I just started making this for Christmas presents. Looks like one batch will fill 8 pint jars with some left over 🙂

  5. Where this recipe calls for 4 cups of powered cocoa? Would that be like HERSHEY’S Cocoa Natural Unsweetened?


      1. Thank you!

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