Holiday Hot Chocolate

With the holidays quickly approaching, I guess now is as good a time as any to share an easy holiday gift idea.

Last Christmas, we decided to whip up a batch of our favorite hot chocolate and included it in a sweet package with a warm throw for our far-away-family members who face far chillier winters than we do!
hot choc with throwHere’s a look at the note we included with the package:
hot chocolate noteWe recycled some coffee jars and painted the lids red.  And the labels were easy enough to create.  We just printed them on sticker paper and affixed them to the jars.  We finished them off with some cute ribbon.
hot chocolateEveryone seemed to enjoy their little packages.  In plenty of time for holiday gift giving, here’s the recipe we use.  Let us know if you decide to try it.

Fetch Ranch Hot Chocolate

1 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa (choose Dutch or Valrhona cocoa – World Market sometimes has good choices)
2 tsp cornstarch
2 cups powdered sugar
a large pinch cayenne pepper
2 1/2 cups Nido powdered milk (we have found this at our local grocery store but Wal-mart may carry it, or a Latin market)
1 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients well.  We usually add a little more cayenne since we like it to have a little bit of a kick.  I wouldn’t skip it…add a little and see how you like it!  Fill a mug 1/2 full with the cocoa mix.  It will seem like a lot but it’s a perfect amount for rich, creamy, hot cocoa.  Add hot water to fill mug.  Top with some marshmallows or whipped cream.  Enjoy!

Here’s a look at another sweet Christmas treat idea from last year. 

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