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Nothing beats a holiday gifts that's made by hand. This hot cocoa is rich, decadent and so much better than any packet you could buy. Vijay, Recipe Hunter

Vijay Nathan, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter and Chef

THE RECIPE

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

A handmade holiday gift that warms you up

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix with only 5 ingredients makes the idea holiday gift!

Nothing beats a homemade, hand-crafted gift for the holidays. Instead of blowing a ton of money on expensive things for your friends and family, why not make them something they can enjoy for months out of your own kitchen? A steaming cup of hot chocolate, preferably with marshmallows on top (always the mini ones), reminds us of being kids on a cold night so this Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix is the perfect gift to show someone you really care. Having people over for Thanksgiving or going to someone’s house? Make this as your little way of showing your thanks. And don’t worry, since the recipe makes a ton, there will plenty left over for a big jar to keep in your cupboard.

THE CHEF

Emily Pahl from She Makes and Bakes

Baking is my true passion, and I love to try new things. I believe in being fearless in the kitchen, making things from scratch, and having fun. There's nothing more relaxing than making bread or cookies after a long day.

Emily is an editor by day and blogger / baker by night. Living in the beautiful state of Colorado, she has the added difficulty of making her recipes cooperate with the altitude, which can pose a number of problems for just about any part of the recipe from measurements to baking time. But, she is certainly up to the challenge with altitude-adjusted recipes for sweet tooth fanatics like today’s Salted Caramel Brownies (come on now, you wouldn’t say no to one of those) to cakes, cookies, and even a smattering of savory dishes. And don’t worry, for those closer to sea level, she’ll tell you what you need to know. Now, head over to She Makes and Bakes to see what Emily has cooking!

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THE TIP

How to Get Hot Cocoa Mix to Dissolve

Here's a handy tip to help you make this Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix recipe.

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