Jars of homemade hot chocolate mix in mason jars ready to be gifted for the holidays. Jars are topped with peppermint chocolates and candy canes.

Hot Chocolate Mason Jar Gift

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Hot chocolate mason jar gifts are perfect for any time of year. But is there ever a better time than Christmas? Definitely not.

Today I’m sharing a recipe that has been in my husband’s family since he was a little boy. He has fond memories of his mom making this for him and his sisters after a long day of skiing or playing in the snow.

This recipe is so simple and it makes rich, creamy hot chocolate that everyone will love.

Grab your ingredients for this simple hot chocolate recipe and let’s make something delicious together!

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The Story Behind The Recipe

My mother-in-law Beth learned of the recipe while living in Riverton, Wyoming (1973-1976). At the time, she only had two of her four children and did a lot of cooking from scratch.

Later moving to Germany in 1976, she continued to make food from scratch for her family. Not being able to speak or understand German, she would encourage visitors to stop by and ask for basic cooking ingredients so she could keep up the food-from-scratch lifestyle to which her family had become accustomed.

All her children (Deidra, Amy, Michelle, and Mark) love this hot chocolate and thought it was great to dip their peanut butter toast in. The kids started calling the treat “dippy stuff” and that’s what they still call it today.

A family recipe card from 1973 that contains the recipe and ingredients for a Homemade Hot Chocolate recipe with powdered milk.
The Original Recipe by Omi-K (Omi means grandma in German). This is how all her grandchildren refer to her.


This recipe yields alot of hot cocoa mix (roughly 36-38 (8) ounce cups of hot chocolate). It’s best to make the entire batch, use what you need, and store the rest for later.

This hot chocolate mix will keep for a very long time.

Ingredients for Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

  • Non-fat powdered milk
  • Nestle Nesquick
  • Original Coffee Mate
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Mini Marshmallows (optional topping)
  • Mini Candy Canes (optional)


Twine wrapped around a bunch of red paper straws with white polka dots. the straws with be packaged along with candy canes and marshmallows for the hot cocoa mason jar gifts


  • Small Jars with lids
  • Paper straws
  • Twine or ribbon to tie
  • Gift tags
  • Clear cellophane bags (for bagging all optional toppings)
  • Mini Candy Canes (optional)
  • Mini Marshmallows (optional)
  • Peppermint Bark Chocolates (optional)
Store bought ingredients for hot cocoa mix in mason jars.

How To Make Hot Chocolate Mason Jar Gifts

This step is really simple. This is just mixing the ingredients together. How you choose to decorate the jars and the treats you put with it is entirely up to you. That’s the fun part!

  1. Add all dry ingredients to an extra-large bowl.
  2. Mix ingredients together carefully with a whisk or spoon.
  3. Store hot cocoa mix in an airtight container until your ready to place into your mason jars and gift.

How To Use

  1. Mix 1/3 cup (or more to taste) with 8 ounces of warmed milk or water (whichever you prefer).
  2. Add 1 to 2 drops of peppermint essential oil if you prefer a mint hot chocolate (optional) . Make sure if you are going to do this, the EO you are using is of ingestible quality. Not all EO’s are created equal. If you are uncertain about the use of EO, use some crushed up candy cane instead.
  3. Top with marshmallows and serve with a delicious warm sugar shortbread cookie.
A freshly mixed batch of hot cocoa mix sitting is a white bowl. A silver measuring cups rests inside the bowl to scoop the mix into mason jars for gifts.
A wooden spoon is holding a scoop of hot cocoa mix powder.

Ceylon cinnamon into the mix. Yum!

Hot Chocolate Mason Jar Gift

  1. Pour hot chocolate dry mixture into jars (use whatever size jar you’d like to gift). The jars I used provided 2 servings in each.
  2. Put mini marshmallows, paper straws and any extra treats you’d like to include into mini paper bags or cellophane treat bags and tie the top closed with ribbon or twine of choice.
  3. Attach gift tag (with directions for milk/water to hot chocolate ratio) and candy cane to bag containing marshmallows and other goodies.
A jar of homemade hot chocolate mix is laying on it's side ontop of a silver platter. A small clear bag of mini marshmallows, a red paper straw and a candy cane is tied with twine to secure it to the jar.


Like with any recipe there are always many variations.

  • Add crushed candy caned to the hot cocoa mix powder instead of having them on the side.
  • Crush peppermint white chocolates and add them to the mix as well.
  • Include mini chocolate chip that can be added to the top.
  • Mini bottle of an adult beverage if gifting to someone 21 and older.
  • Make smaller bags of a mexican mocha mix for a spicy kick you can add to your mix

Obviously there are tons of ways you can dress up this recipe. Consider this just a starting point.

Have a fun variation you’d like to share? Feel free to leave in the comments section down below!

A silver plate with two mason jars full of homemade hot cocoa mix. Some red and white striped peppermint white chocolates sitting on the tops of the jars. Christmas greenery is sitting nearby.

Healthy Substitutions and Alternatives

There are many ways you can substitute ingredients in this original recipe to make it a more healthy alternative. I will list them out below. Obviously when you use organic, healthier ingredients, there’s also an increased cost. These are just other options if organic is important to you.




Healthy, organic alternatives are linked above.


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I hope you enjoy making this simple hot chocolate mason jar gift! Don’t forget to print the recipe for later. Enjoy!

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Jars of homemade hot chocolate mix in mason jars ready to be gifted for the holidays. Jars are topped with peppermint chocolates and candy canes.

Hot Chocolate Mason Jar Gift

Yield: 12 (8 ounce) jars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Make a delicious, creamy hot chocolate mason jar gift . Perfect for holiday gift giving and stocking stuffers too!


  • 10 quart dry non-fat milk
  • 1 pound Nestle Quick
  • 8 ounce original coffee mate
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon


  1. Add all ingredints to a extra large bowl.
  2. Mix until well incorporated.
  3. Transfer hot chocolate mixture to 8 ounce jars with lids.
  4. Print out recipe cards to include with hot chocolate mason jars.
  5. Bag up toppings, straws and extra chocolates to go with your mason jars filled with hot cocoa mix.
  6. Gift to friends, family and those you love.


To use- Add 1/3 cup dry hot chocolate mix to cup. Add hot water or warm milk and stir until combined. Serve with whipped cream, marshmallows and a mini candy cane.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 8 ounce
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 520Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 356mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 1gSugar: 98gProtein: 28g

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