DIY Christmas Gifts: Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows Mix

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An easy and inexpensive way to have gifts ready to give.   These are for my daughter’s Girl Scouts Troop, so, this one is easy enough for an 8 year old, with some supervision.

  • 1 dozen pint jars, washed and dried

  • 8 cups powdered milk

  • 2 cups Hershey’s cocoa

  • 3 cups powdered sugar

  • 5 cups small marshmallows

  • 1  teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • Christmas fabric

  • Red yarn or ribbon

Wash the jars and lids in soapy water, rinse, and let drip dry.  Place jars in a casserole dish, and “bake” in a 350 oven for 10 to 15 minutes.  This helps dry the jars out, and sanitize them, too.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, cocoa, sugar, salt and cornstarch.  Use a spoon, spatula or whisk  to combine everything and get the lumps out.  When it is well incorporated, add the marshmallows.  Mix well.

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Using an open-mouthed funnel (the kind you use for canning), place two cups of cocoa mix in each jar.  Tap the jar on the counter, gently, to help settle the ingredients.  Add a little more, if desired.

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Place lids on top, and screw on the rings.

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Cut 12 8-inch circles of the Christmas fabric.  Place the fabric circles on top and anchor down with some matching yarn or ribbon.

We put the directions on little circles of construction paper and place it in between the lid and the rings, before putting on the fabric:  Mix 1/4 cup cocoa mix to 8 to 10 ounce hot water.

**Go slow and gentle when stirring the mix in the bowl and pouring the mix into the jasrs.  The powdered sugar and cocoa tend to fly around a bit, requiring a good kitchen clean-up afterwards.

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