Christmas Gift Idea: How to Make Your Own Hot Cocoa Mix

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Happy Tuesday Steemians!

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So a cup of hot Cocoa is like the quintessential holiday drink. It’s an icon that everyone can associate with Christmas. Come on, who doesn’t love a hot cup of cocoa to sip on during the cold winter season?

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I’m going to assume that you all just did a little cocoa dance, or at the very least are silently cheering with me for the wonderful creation that is sweet and cozy hot cocoa. Now, if you just mentally responded with a no, then you’d better go find someone else’s parade to rain on, haha, because cocoa and I are really having a moment right now.

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I know it’s around the time of year where we’re all searching for the just the thing to get for everyone this Christmas. Well I have great news for you, this is it! Talk about the perfect gift. I mean, of course your friends and family can go out and by generic hot chocolate mix for themselves, but that’s just going to end in a disappointing cup of tasteless, watered-down, artificially flavored, dark colored liquid in a mug.

But you can be super happy now because…..we’re havin’ cocoa tonight!!! It makes it taste even better when the person you give it to knows that you added lots of love to it. I couldn’t decide on just one flavor so I went with four different kinds because that’s what you get when you put indecisive with creative and a side of coo-coo-cachoo.

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A. there’s the Mexican Hot Cocoa! If you like a little extra heat to stay warm, it’s for you. I know this weirds a lot of people out, putting hot peppers in chocolate, but it’s amazingness guys. You’ve at least got to do it once. If you’re not a fan I totally get it, but at least you can rest in the knowledge that you’re not wasting a life’s worth of Mexi-cocoa when it would actually be your jam.

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2, if you’re as crazy as I am about your peanut butter, then you really need to try the Reese’s Hot Cocoa because that one is kil-ler. I had the idea pop into my head when I was brainstorming for this post and I was like, Hey, why have I never had PB in my cocoa? Life changing moments those are.

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And D, For the peppermint/candy cane fans or those who secretly prefer vanilla, there is the Peppermint Hot Cocoa and following my Reese’s epiphany I decided to use some peppermint patties. Although we can’t get those here so I made my own (Let me know if you guys think I should post that recipe some time, cause it’s so good and so fun to make for the holidays.)

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Then there’s the good old classic hot cocoa mix for you purists. Although, I must admit I like traditional things too. Sometimes simple cocoa and marshmallows is exactly what you’re craving, you know?

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This is definitely something you need to do. I was planning to design and print out some labels, but since the internet is chock full of printable hot cocoa labels you can find them or you can do what I did and just write them by hand. All you need to add is the instructions to put 1/4 cup of the mix per 1 cup of hot milk or water.

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(P.s. The upvote today goes to the first person who knows what the A, 2, and D, reference was from.)

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Lovely post! I love christmas time :)

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Me too! Thanks @askaran!

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Wow

That's muat be delicious

And that's my favourite dessert

I love this post, let me upvote and resteem your post

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Thanks so much for the great comment @zulfikarkamui, I really appreciate it

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Anytime @gringalicious 🙂

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Delicious stuff.... I love lighting on your photos

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This post has received a 0.17 % upvote from @drotto thanks to: @banjo.

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very nicely decorated, I liked your idea

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Thanks @frank1in!

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Looking very delicious. I need all.

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I know what you mean @pariza

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Whoof! Cocoa looks delicious, but the human won't give me any sweets.

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Haha, this is so cute @bellasteemit

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Could I have a Reese's hot cocoa please?😋

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you bet, anytime @backpackingmonk

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Haha, I know it sounds great, doesn't it??? Thanks @backpackingmonk!

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Not just sounds Great.
It also looks Great.😁

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Those are sooooo cute! You are such a creative chef and good photographer :)

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Oh, thanks for you're reply @polebird!

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omg that was a perfect chrismas present too , soo unique <3 ;)) i love it, beautifully made @gringalicious

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Thanks so much @fernwehninja, I hope it gives you some inspiration for some edible gift giving

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O ho great work

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Thank you so much @husnainali71jb!

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What a fantastic idea for the holidays!! Edible gift giving, I love it!!

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Thanks so much @noboxes. I wanted to give steemville some gift giving idea inspiration. I hope it works

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Your photos just put me in such a happy festive mood. Thanks so much for the daily inspiration!!

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I'm so happy you like it @mamaloves!

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Well, you know where I got of my creativity, it certainly wasn't from @noboxes

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This one deserves yummyliciousness. I try not to over use that word, but you make me use it a lot!!

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YOu always so amazingly sweet @fullofhope, thanks so very much

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Great idea! Will definitely try at make😊

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I hope you enjoy this @karinaisunts

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Fabulous pressie idea! I've seen similar (but not as gringalicious tasty) done in plastic cone bags with a red pom pom on the end to look like a reindeer. I prefer how you have done it- classy!

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Oh, you're very sweet @opheliafu! The reindeer idea sounds like something I should try next time. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment. Merry Christmas!

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excellent food photography.@gringalicious. Thanks for sharing. i like your post and following.

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I hope you have a Merry Christmas @suchi!

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of course

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Nice work.

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Thank you @vijaysekhu!

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I have a good mix I use. Dark chocolate flakes, cocoa powder, Horlicks and cornflower. It gives you one of those intensely thick hot chocolates that is pure indulgence.

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OOOhhhh, that sounds divine @fourfourfun!

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Mmm yummy . Who wants to give me a gift like that :)

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Haha, I know, right? Thanks @steemerturk!

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Spectacular post, nothing like those Christmas memories!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my post @sorn1992

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The jars are SO adorable!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my post @lifes-a-donut

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If love to get such a beautiful tasty and thoughtful gift like that! I'll take the mex one I love peppers in everything! Even ice cream!! Enjoy your cocoa😊

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peppers in the ice cream, sounds like you should make a post about it. Let me know if you do so I can help you promote it

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Thank you I will soon! Merry Christmas!!😊😊🎄🎄

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Well, after scrolling through all the amazing photos of Hot Cocoa Mix Gift Jars, my daughter & I want to make some. So, thanks for a great gift idea!! My daughter is 10 and she is now obsessed with this gift idea!! :)

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You should make a post about it, the two of you together. If you do, please get in touch with me on steemit.chat so I can help you promote it

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Oh god, im SO going to do this!! Congrats on the hard work

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you're very kind, thanks so much @martaxrodriguez

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this is so great wow made with perfection

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So sweet as always @cutiepie. So sorry again that it has taking me 5 days to repsond

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I'm totally making this!!! :D Thanks for sharing!

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If you can, you should totally make a post out of it, that would be awesome. Let me know through steemit.chat so I can help promote it

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Thaaanks fo being so supportivee! hahahha the idea is great, perfect gift I will make my post tomorrow when I make those. Please share the peppermint patties recipe <3

PS: I just shared in my last post some steemit codes for everyone, If you want you can have them is in a google doc link in the bottom :)

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Mm mm! Loved your hot cocoa post @gringalicious ! And you know how much I love Chocolate and peanut butter , what a great combo and idea you had their , that would be my favorite Hot Chocolate mix ! You know I read your whole post through like always , but for the life of me I can not figure out what reference your referring to in the post for where A ,2, D is from LOL! It must from a different post , maybe a plane seat !? But I would love the recipe to save in my Docs for future reference , where I have others of yours saved as well !! Thanks for sharing its a fabulous idea !! Upped and resteemed , will also share it in my @momskitchen blog !! Good night !

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Thanks so much Karen. LOL, my reference is to the movie Santa Clause, you'll have to figure it out from there

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Back as promised ! Upped and resteemed into my @momskitchen blog as well to share with my awesome foodie followers !💕😋😋😋👍

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hey Karen, so sorry it took me 5 days to respond. You're a commenting phenom!

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Ha haha ! Thanks for that !!😂👍✌💕

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Great, now I have to track down some hot chocolate... I really love the presentation and great photography. Very nice work!

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You're so sweet @hglucky13, thanks so much!!

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A very Lovely and innovative post. I love Christmas

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Thanks so much @chimelinz. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment on my post, and your're fight, Christmas rocks!!

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I'd go for the reeses or the peppermint! but they all look good, have you tried any white chocolate hot cocoa yet? ☕

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Wow, another one that took me many days to reply. Things are just so crazy busy right now. I haven't tried white chocolate yet, but what an amazing idea, thanks so much for the inspiration

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Oh i am all about the spicy + chocolate combo - in fact, I made brownies the other night after chopping jalapenos for the guacamole, and let's just say that some lines got crossed in the most delicious way possible! Great ideas here!

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ooh, that would be a great post, "some lines got crossed while making brownies" You must do it, if you do, please get in touch with me through chat so I can help promote it

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if you can, you should be trying to post once per day, especially right now. Use any of my recipes or ideas for inspiration, you have artistic license to do what ever comes to mind

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What a great idea, those all look amazing!!

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Thank so much @kylaki, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment

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No problem, I really appreciate seeing all your creative food ideas! It is AWESOME!

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Like this @gringalicious

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So happy to hear that @palash01

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How do they get the layers to mix? Do they need to dump it out or is there room to shake it?

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In these jars you'd need to pour it out and stir it, but you could definitely put them into a larger jar. Thanks for reading @fitinfun

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Oh I see. Very pretty :)

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