Last Minute Gift: Hot Cocoa

December 23, 2015, In: Christmas

We’re in the 11th hour and everyone needs some last minute gift ideas. Here’s a quick one with items you probably already have on hand.

Last Minute Hot Cocoa Gifts

Last minute hot cocoa jars are quick and easy. Perfect as a last minute gift, or a stocking stuffer.


  • hot cocoa pdf labels
  • 1/3 cup hot cocoa mix, recipe below or store bought
  • 3-4 peppermint candies
  • 2-3 marshmallows, recipe here or store bought
  • small jar
  • tinsel, ribbon and items to decorate jar


Put 1/3 cup hot cocoa mix in the bottom of your small jar. I found mine in the Target Dollar Spot, a small mason jar would work too. Place 3-4 peppermint candies on top of the cocoa mix, position them on the outside so you can see them. Top off with marshmallows. I love home made marshmallows and I posted my recipe on Monday, but if you don’t have time to make them, store bought will work just fine. Put the lid on your jar and decorate. I used a piece of jute along with a piece of tinsel garland and a small candy cane. You can use whatever you have on hand, it’s last minute!

Sharleen made up a couple earlier this week. She used mason jars and mini marshmallows. Super cute!!


There you have it, a pretty little jar with a hot cocoa treat inside! Who wouldn’t love to get that?

One more last minute gift idea is Gift Rocket. All you need is the recipient’s email address. You can suggest a business they can spend their gift on or leave it up to them. Pick the amount you’d like to give and send it along! They’ll receive an email notifying them of your gift alone with a card and note. They can redeem their gift instantly and the funds are transferred to their bank account or credit card. Perfect for last minute or for someone who’s hard to buy for!

Good luck wrapping up your holiday shopping. Let us know if you have more ideas!

Salute, Denise

Hot Cocoa Mix


  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/4 cups dry milk powder
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar (sifted)
  • 1/3 cup powdered non-dairy creamer


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir until combined thoroughly. Makes enough for about 10 servings. Store hot cocoa mix in an airtight container.
  2. For one serving, place 1/3 cup hot cocoa mix in a mug and add 3/4 cup boiling water, stir to dissolve.

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