Hot chocolate in this jar A small and perfect gift Give this Christmas! In a world full of ‘things’ why not try something new with an edible gift that your friends and family will love! This hot chocolate recipe is beautiful Rich and creamy, And So nice to share together!
Why we love this recipe
Giving an eating gift is the best kind of gift to give (and receive!). I have always found that wrapping food gifts is a great and affordable way to celebrate birthdays, Christmas and other events.
Take the stress out of buying Christmas presents with these gorgeous hot chocolate gifts in a jar. This recipe yields the most decadent, creamy and thickest hot chocolate and they are so cute!
It takes them a few minutes to whisk together, and you can prepare them in a batch.
An office gift? A gift for mom’s group? Filling a sock? These are so diverse!
Ingredients of the recipe
This hot chocolate blend consists of four simple ingredients:
Cocoa powder – Use good quality cocoa powder for this. I loved Hershey’s hot chocolate when I was in the US, and I love Cadbury’s cocoa powder in Australia. You’ll need 4 tablespoons.
White sugar – White sugar balances the dark chocolate and makes it pleasant and sweet. You will also need 4 tablespoons.
Corn / Cornflour Starch – This is the ingredient that makes hot chocolate super creamy and thick! You’ll need a spoon
Bitter chocolate or milk chocolate chips – Add another layer of chocolate with chocolate chips! See below for more alternatives!
To prepare them you will need the following:
Glass jar of 8 oz / pint / 300 ml – These are really affordable and easy to find in local stores, supermarkets, Kmart or Target. You need jars with a secure lid.
Note – If you are making a double, you will need a larger jar to serve 4 people.
Each small jar prepares hot chocolate for 2 servings.
funnel – It will help to lay out the ingredients and make it look a little cleaner. However, it is optional or you can make one from plain paper.
movie – Tie the instructions and give them a festive feel
Gift tags – Write the cooking instructions on them
How to assemble the jars
To lay out the jars, use the following method. This ensures it is easy to see your layers.
- Cocoa powder
- White sugar
- Corn / Cornflour Starch
- Chocolate chips
To bring together all of this gift, I tie a red ribbon around the top of the mason jar and insert a small gift card with the instructions.
The instructions I usually write are as follows.
- Pour the ingredients into a small pot.
- Add two cups of milk of your choice.
- Heat while stirring over medium heat until it becomes thick and smooth
- Serve and enjoy!
You can write them down by hand, or use Canva for an easy instruction card.
Variations of hot chocolate
To change the situation a bit, you can also add different ingredients to different hot chocolate flavors.
Hot chocolate chili – Add ½ a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the mixture.
Hot white chocolate – Replace the dark chocolate chips with white chocolate chips, and omit the cocoa.
Hot mint chocolate – Add a layer of crushed candy canes.
Hot chocolate cinnamon – Add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
There are so many different variations you can make, and I love that they are completely customizable! They really do make the best little gifts.
Tips and tricks
What jar size do I need?
As mentioned, you will need a glass jar of 8 ounces / 250-300 ml, preferably with a lid. You can buy these from most supermarkets, retail stores or dollar stores.
How do I wrap these?
These are so simple to wrap. After I have made my jars, I put a ribbon around the top of the lid, and secure a gift tag.
Can I make it vegan?
Definitely! Simply replace the chocolate chips with vegan chocolate, and change your gift instructions to ‘vegetable milk’. Coconut milk or almond milk will blend so beautifully with this hot chocolate!
Is the hot chocolate rich and thick?
Yes! If you do not want it to be so thick, then omit the cornflour. Similarly if you want it thicker, add 1 tbsp instead of ½ tbsp.
If you are really looking to surprise your friends and family with a thoughtful gift this holiday season, a homemade hot chocolate blend should definitely be on the cards!
Hot chocolate in a jar
The perfect little gift to give this holiday season! This hot chocolate in a jar is a thoughtful gift to give, great for the chocolate lovers in your life!
- 4 tablespoon cocoa
- 4 tablespoon White sugar
- ½ tablespoon Corn starch
- ¼ Goblet Bitter chocolate chips
Lay the cocoa, sugar, and cornstarch in an 8 oz / pint mason jar.
Top with dark chocolate.
Place a lid on the jar, and tie together with thread and an instruction card.
1. Place the ingredient in a small pot.
2. Add two cups of milk of your choice
Stir over medium heat until thick and creamy to your preferred temperature.
4. Serve and enjoy!
Nutritional information does not include 2 cups of milk.