I’m a little bit in love with the idea of homemade Christmas gifts.
Until it’s two days before Christmas and I’m scrambling around acting like a crazy woman trying to get them all ready to go.
I guess I should have put a little more emphasis on the idea part when I told you how much I love homemade Christmas gifts. When it comes to the execution part, that’s when things get a little shaky for me.
Which goes to show that if I actually made these, took photos and wrote a blog post about them EIGHTEEN days before Christmas, this little project must be really simple. Just a couple of ingredients, a few mason jars, these cute little printables and you have a homemade Christmas gift from the heart.
Other Christmas things I’m really in love with: super bright and fun colorful Christmas decorations. In case you couldn’t tell from the plethora of lime green and hot pink.
Red and green are just too predictable.
Come. Live on the edge with me, people.
But let’s talk more about the star of the show here, the hot cocoa mix. This version of homemade hot cocoa mix is made refined sugar free by using maple sugar. Maple sugar is made by boiling pure maple syrup until all of the water content has evaporated. What remains is little granules that can be substituted 1:1 for regular granulated sugar. Locally, I can find maple sugar at our farmer’s market and a local grocery store. If you can’t find it in your area, here is an affiliate link for pure maple sugar on Amazon.
If white sugar is your thing, or maybe you’re into coconut sugar; they will absolutely work in this recipe as well.
Same goes for the milk when it comes to mixing up a warm cup of this hot cocoa. From regular old cow’s milk to almond or coconut for the vegans – whatever you’ve got in the fridge will bring this mix to life on a cold winter day.
Make this for yourself or for a loved one this Holiday season. A big thanks and Merry Christmas to all of you, my wonderful readers. Here’s my virtual Christmas gift to you: Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix!
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ cup pure maple sugar
- 1 vanilla bean (optional)
- Place the cocoa powder and maple sugar in a food processor.
- If using a vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scrape the seeds from each half. Place the seeds in the food processor.
- Process until combined completely.
- Store in an airtight container.
- To make hot cocoa, heat 6 ounces of milk. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix and stir until dissolved.
Click to download the printable lids! Sized for wide mouth Mason jars.