Do you ever have those “aha” moments when you realize that there’s been something obvious right under your nose? That’s how I felt when I decided to make my own hot cocoa. We are definitely a hot chocolate drinking family; my daughter would and could drink it every chilly morning if she could. But, as is the case with so many store bought foods, there is the issue of sodium, unnecessary sugar, artificial ingredients, preservatives, yadda yadda. And then came Alton Brown and his hot chocolate recipe.
The real inspiration for this came from my across-the-country nephew and my bright idea to do all DIY gifts this year. What would be better for a cold Michigan winter than a care box with hot chocolate and marshmallows? Mmmm. Maybe also adding peppermint bark, granola, and fresh cookies.
Annnnd because I like to put a little extra love in everything I do, I made some labels to print off and attach to the packages. Naturally I had grandiose plans of decorative glass jars and other fun ways to package these, but then my practical side kicked in and I realized the cost of shipping would be huge. Plus my nephew is 3, so he doesn’t know the difference. I decided plastic bags would be more practical.
Okay, so, not my fanciest work, but I think it’s pretty cute!
If you’re interested in doing this yourself here are some printables that you can use. I included the cocoa labels, plus peppermint bark, granola, cookies, and some blank labels so you can create your own. Consider them my Christmas gift to all of you!