Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix & Peppermint Stix

I found these cute jars in my closet and had to find something to use them for.  Christmas seemed like the perfect opportunity so I set out in search of the mystery item I would put in the jars.

After many nights on pinterest and sorting through my boards, I settled on homemade hot cocoa and peppermint stix for my neighbors / family friends. 

I got these adorable peppermint stix at CrackerBarrell last month (of course they were at the counter - where you can't resist but buy the junk just staring at you as you check out).

For those of you who don't know what CrackerBarrell is - you are missing out!!  It is a restaurant with home cooking, generally an older crowd and an amazing fun gift shop at the entrance to browse before and after you get your grub on!

I melted some white chocolate and dipped the end of the sticks.  While they were still wet, I added some sprinkles and let them set in the fridge on wax paper.

During my Christmas grocery shopping I found these adorable Mallow Bits by Kraft.  Since I knew I was making hot cocoa, I HAD to get these, because who doesn't like mini marshmallows?? 
See...it was a necessity!

To Make the Cocoa, I used a recipe I found at penniesonaplatter
It turned out so good and was amazingly creamy and rich.  Here is the recipe:

3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients into a large bowl. Pour half of the mixture into the bowl of a food processor and process until the chocolate is finely ground. Transfer to an airtight container, then repeat with the remaining mix. Store in the airtight container for up to 3 months.
To make the hot cocoa drink, mix 1/3 cup of the cocoa mix with 1 cup hot milk.

Here is the finished gift!! 
 I tied the peppermint sticks in a cellophane bag to the jar with preparation directions on a tag. 

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