This hot chocolate mix recipe is one of those great homemade food gifts that is perfect for teacher gifts, mailman gifts or just gifts to friends. A lot of hot chocolate mix recipes call for non-dairy creamer. They use this because it eliminates the need for stirring the hot chocolate mix into warmed milk - you can just use hot water to make the hot chocolate instead. If you'd like to make a hot chocolate mix like that, add the non-dairy creamer. If you prefer a richer hot chocolate that is made with warmed milk, leave out the non-dairy creamer.
Don't forget to include the recipe directions on a tag attached to the jar.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk nonfat dry milk, sugar, cocoa powder and creamer, if using, together until smooth.
Using a funnel, pour the hot chocolate mix into a mason jar (compare prices), filling it about three-quarters of the way to the top.
Layer chocolate chips and miniature marshmallows on top of the hot chocolate mix. Seal the jar, tie with a ribbon, and include this recipe for making homemade hot chocolate with the mix.
If using non-dairy creamer in the mix: Place 2-3 heaping tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix in a mug. Add boiling water, and stir well. Top with chocolate chips and miniature marshmallows
If you aren't adding non-dairy creamer to the mix: Warm 6-8 oz. of milk in a saucepan or the microwave until hot, but not boiling. Add 2-3 heaping tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix. Stir well. Top with chocolate chips and miniature marshmallows.
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