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Homemade Hot Chocolate Gift Jars – Easy Christmas Gifts

 Make a comforting and delicious Homemade Hot Chocolate Gift Jars mix that will surely be a hit amongst your family and friends this holiday season. It is the perfect beverage to drink when you want to stay warm on those extremely cold days and nights.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Is hot chocolate one of your favorite beverages to have during the winter months when the temperature outside is incredibly low? If so, learn how to make it with fresh ingredients by following this Homemade Hot Chocolate Gift Jars recipe. 

The recipe consists of several tasty ingredients, such as cocoa powder, milk powder, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows.

DIY Homemade Hot Chocolate Jar: The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect, heartwarming gift to give this Christmas season? Nothing screams holiday cheer like a DIY Homemade Hot Chocolate Jar! Packed with layers of cocoa, sugar, and mini marshmallows, this jar is a cozy invitation to celebrate the festive spirit. Here’s everything you need to know—from what goes in the jar to how to personalize it—so you can spread some Christmas warmth one cup at a time!


What type of cocoa should I use?

High-quality unsweetened cocoa powder works best. The better the quality, the richer the hot chocolate.

Can I make this dairy-free or vegan?

Certainly! Substitute regular milk powder with coconut milk powder and choose vegan marshmallows.

How long does the jar stay good for?

If stored in a cool, dry place, the jar should remain good for up to 6 months.

With the right ingredients, you can make Homemade Hot Chocolate and prepare it for others, including your children, partner, and closest relatives. You are never too old to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate loaded with lots of sweet marshmallows to go with it.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use a funnel to neatly layer the ingredients into the jar. This ensures not just taste but also visual appeal.
  • Consider adding a little pinch of salt in with the cocoa powder; it brings out the flavor.
  • Attach a small wooden spoon or a mini whisk to the jar with a festive ribbon for an extra touch.


  • Minty Fresh: Add crushed peppermint candies between the layers.
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate: Include a teaspoon of cinnamon and a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Nutty Delight: Throw in some chopped hazelnuts for a Nutella-inspired twist.

Where to Serve

Apart from being an excellent Christmas gift, these jars make lovely party favors or contributions to a holiday potluck.


Ensure the jar is tightly sealed and stored in a cool, dry place. You can also tie a little tag with the instructions and ingredients.

How to Store the Homemade Hot Chocolate Gift Jars

You can make your Homemade Hot Chocolate mix ahead of time and keep it stored for days when you would like to have a nice hot cup of this comforting beverage. 

The best way to store the mixture is to prepare it first and then place it in a sealed container. 

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Clumping of Ingredients: Make sure the jar is completely dry before adding your ingredients.
  • Separation of Layers: Pack each layer tightly and level it off before adding the next.

Tips for Personalizing Your Gift

  • Add a handwritten note or a Christmas card with a personal message.
  • You can also include a small pack of biscuits or chocolate spoons as an extra treat.
  • Wrap the jar in a piece of festive fabric and secure it with twine for a rustic touch.

Topping Suggestions

  • Whipped Cream: The classic topping for hot chocolate.
  • Chocolate Shavings: For an extra chocolatey touch.
  • Sprinkles: Adds a pop of color and fun, especially for kids.

Using a glass mason jar or a plastic container with an airtight lid works too. You simply need to make sure the lid attaches tightly to the container to keep it sealed while preventing anything from getting inside of it. 

Storing it in one of the cabinets in your kitchen is a great option, having quick access to it when someone in the house asks you for a cup of warm hot chocolate. 

Personalizing it makes it so fun! You can add more ingredients like added crushed peppermint candies to give it that chocolate mint taste that many people enjoy.

Leave a comment if you decide to make this Homemade Hot Chocolate. I’d love to hear from you. 

Why This Gift Idea Works

The best gifts are those that come from the heart, and what could be more heartfelt than something you made yourself? Plus, hot chocolate is synonymous with winter holidays, making this jar the quintessential Christmas gift. The joy of this gift is twofold: there’s joy in making it and even more in receiving it.

By the end of this guide, you’ll be all set to make your own DIY Homemade Hot Chocolate Jars. It’s not just a gift; it’s a jar full of love and warmth that you’re passing along. So pull out those mason jars and get layering; you’re just a few steps away from creating the ultimate Christmas gift! Happy Holidays!

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Gift Jars - Easy Christmas Gifts

What is better during the holidays than homemade hot chocolate? Here is a great recipe you can arrange in a jar for a fun and thoughtful Christmas gift!


  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips, plus extra for gift jars
  • 1/4 Cup Crushed Candy Cane, Plus more for gift jars
  • 3 Tbsp Dry Milk Powder
  • Mini Marshmallows, for gift jars


  1. Combine cocoa powder, chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, and dry milk puffer in food processor. Blend to powder.
  2. Once powdered, brew a cup of warm water or warm milk and mix in 2 Tbsp of peppermint hot chocolate mix. Top with mini marshmallows, whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed candy canes and mini
    chocolate chips and enjoy!
  3. For jars, add about 3/4 cups of Mix to bottom of mason jars, top with 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips. On top of that, place 1/4 Cup crushed candy canes and fill to top with mini marshmallows.
  4. Add decorative ribbon and give the gift of delicious homemade peppermint hot chocolate!

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Friday 3rd of November 2023

I am so excited to make this. I usually never read all that goes into these, but I did this time so I am prepared. Thank you Nellie - I can't wait!

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