This peppermint hot cocoa recipe is so creamy and yummy and perfect for making in large batches to use as gifts in a jar. The boys like to have a say in the gifts we give to their teachers (Sunday school and Awana) and to their friends and our neighbors – and peppermint hot cocoa is one of their favorite gifts.
Probably because they feel it is their due diligence to sample each batch of peppermint hot cocoa for quality control and I indulge in such necessities. I mean, it is necessary, right?! (yum!)
I use large mason jars for hold our mixes – they are a great size and leave us with some really fun options for decorating.
These cowboy, Indians and Army men are hands down my favorite toppers that we have ever done – you can read more about decorating them here, though it is fairly straight forward. Nothing says “gift from a boy” than some plastic fighting characters. The elderly neighbors that get a first hand view of the boys antics especially love this packaging.
- 40 oz of store bought hot cocoa mix (I used two 20 oz cans of the store brand cocoa)
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/4 cup coffee creamer
- 3 crushed peppermint candy canes (plus more for topping off the jar)
- 6 oz dark chocolate chips (get good ones! quality. quality. quality.)
- mini marshmallows
To make the mix
- Mix the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Scoop into jars of choice. Top with mini marshmallows and more crushed candy cane.
To make your own cup of Peppermint Hot Cocoa
- Mix 2-3 TBS hot cocoa mix with boiling water in mug. Stir thoroughly until chocolate has melted. Enjoy!
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This peppermint hot cocoa recipe made enough for 3 pint jars, 1 quart jar and leftovers for us to enjoy!