Filed Under: Chocolate | Gift Idea | Homemade

Quick Gift Idea: Hot Chocolate Mix

Recipe By Tessa Arias
December 24th, 2010

There isn't a more thoughtful or lovely gift than one that's homemade.

Yield: 2 1/4 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

There isn’t a more thoughtful or lovely gift than one that’s homemade. Especially when it happens to be so much better than the store-bought version. Take this recipe for homemade hot chocolate mix for example. Unlike its gray hued, sickly sweet, and mostly tasteless store-bought counterpart, this recipe produces a rich, deeply chocolate, and wonderfully spiced cup of cocoa.

How to make
Quick Gift Idea: Hot Chocolate Mix

Yield: 2 1/4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
There isn't a more thoughtful or lovely gift than one that's homemade.


  • 3/4 cup quality unsweetened cocoa, such as Valrhona
  • 6 ounces quality semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground clove


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and process just until mixture is powdery — about 30 seconds. Be careful not to overprocess. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. To make hot chocolate, combine 1 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of this mix in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until chocolate is incorporated and mixture is warmed through. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Torviewtoronto — December 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    lovely homemade chocolate

  2. #
    Chef Dennis — December 26, 2010 at 3:14 am

    great idea for a gift! who doesn't love hot chocolate!

  3. #
    cakeje van eigen deeg — December 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

    lovely idea! but also great to make for yourself 😉

  4. #
    kamran siddiqi — December 27, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I absolutely love this idea! I think next year, I should start saving my money on gifts, and I should start making some!

  5. #
    ash.ast — December 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    It's almost a year later so you may not remember, but approximately how many jars could you fill with this recipe? I'm just trying to figure out how many times I will need to multiply the ingredients.


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