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DIY Hot Chocolate In A Jar


If you are looking for an easy do-it-yourself gift this year, this recipe is for you.

hot chocolate in a jar with a ribbon tied around it

Making homemade hot chocolate is already pretty easy, but this jarred version makes it even easier.

A simple combination of pure cocoa powder and low-glycemic coconut sugar makes a convenient “hot chocolate mix,” so all you need to do is stir a couple spoonfuls into a mug of hot milk for a warm and naturally-sweetened treat anytime! I love having this jar ready to go in our home, and I think it would make a cute and unique holiday gift.

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The measurements below fill a 16-ounce glass jar like the one pictured above, but feel free to alter the amounts to fill any size jar you like. There’s also a printable gift tag at the bottom of this post to help with your holiday gifting!

DIY Hot Chocolate In A Jar (Vegan, Paleo)
Fills one 16-ounce jar

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup coconut sugar

Directions:

Combine the cocoa powder and coconut sugar in a large bowl and stir well with a fork or whisk to combine. Pour the mixture into a 16-ounce glass jar and seal with the lid until ready to use.

hot chocolate in a jar with a ribbon tied around it

To make the hot chocolate: Simply combine 2 tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix and 1 cup of almond milk (or milk of your choice) in a small saucepan and warm until the desired temperature is reached. Serve warm!

hot chocolate in two mugs with chocolate shavings on top

4.5 from 2 votes
DIY: Hot Chocolate In A Jar
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
An easy DIY gift for making healthy hot chocolate in a snap!
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Servings: 16
Calories: 44 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine the cocoa powder and coconut sugar in a large bowl and stir well with a fork or whisk to combine. Pour the mixture into a 16-ounce glass jar and seal with the lid until ready to use.
  2. To make the hot chocolate, simply add 2 tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix to 1 cup of almond milk (or milk of your choice) in a small saucepan and warm until the desired temperature is reached. Serve warm!
Per Serving: Calories: 44, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 1g

For your convenience, here’s a label you can print off and attach to your holiday gift jars:

Hot Chocolate Label(Click on the image above for a PDF to download)

Reader Feedback: Do you plan on making any DIY gifts this year? I’m on a roll this year… cookies in a jar are coming up next!

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Comments

Marlene

What a great idea! I love DIY gifts. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Layla

what is the difference between using raw Caoco powder vs unsweetened cocoa powder?

    Megan

    The taste should be the same, they are just processed differently. As I understand it, raw cacao is thought to have a higher antioxidant content, so I use that version most often, but cocoa powder tends to be more affordable– which might be better if you need to make a lot of gift jars! Since the cocoa will be added to warm milk anyway, there’s no need for it to be “raw.”

Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

I absolutely LOVE that you used coconut sugar. What a great and cute gift for the holidays that can be thrown together last minute. Because lets face it, I haven’t done any holiday shopping yet!

Kayla

I can’t wait to try this myself! What a cool gift idea. Thanks!

Rachel

I love this idea. I will make this but substitute the cacao for organic full cream milk powder and add vanilla bean to make my mum a healthier alternative to her beloved white hot chocolates 🙂

PP

Great idea! how long will hot chocolate mix last?

    Megan

    Since both ingredients are shelf-stable, I imagine it will last for a while! I’d check the expiration date on your ingredients, but I’d guess it could last 6 months or so.

asia

My daughter loves your original recipe of hot chocolate and I was wondering how i can make it ready to use so she can do it herself just by adding hot milk. will definately try this version.
thanks

    Megan

    Since my original version calls for maple syrup, it wouldn’t work as well as a pre-made mix. It would be wet and need to be refrigerated… nothing like the dry mix people have come to expect. That’s why I used coconut sugar for this version– I think it tastes very similar to my original recipe, but this one is more convenient and shelf-stable!

      Sheryl

      I make mine at home with raw cacao powder and organic maple sugar. I’ll be doing my mix using the same for gifts! Maple sugar is a bit sweeter than coconut sugar so something to keep in mind (although I don’t think anyone will complain their hot cocoa is TOO sweet). I also have someone in the family who is allergic to coconut so I’ve become used to using the maple sugar. Coombs Family Farms has a great one you can buy on Amazon.

Jill Margiotti

Love this idea. The coconut sugar gives it a wonderful rich taste.

Kara

I love this! I will make this as a gift for my work “Secret Santa” next week. Thanks, Megan! I want you to know that I tell my work friends about your website. Many of them are gluten and vegan, so this is a go-to when talking about recipes and food in general. I also use many of your recipes for babies/toddlers, as mine just turned one yesterday!

Tanya

Hi Megan, can I substitute truvia/stevia baking blend for the coconut sugar? And if yes, would it be 1/2 cup or 1 cup of sugar for the 1 cup of cocoa? Thanks again!

Laura Black

I love these quick DIY gift ideas, and the printable label makes it all the more special. Great idea and anyone would feel good giving this.

Virginia

I had thought about making this, but the coconut sugar is a bit “thicker” than normal hot chocolate mixes I’ve used, do you find any problems with it mixing with the milk? I was wondering if I should put it though the food processor first. Thanks!

    Megan

    It wasn’t a problem for me at all. The sugar dissolves easily when you stir well– I used a whisk in my small saucepot over the stove.

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