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December 27, 2011

Gift Idea: Hot Chocolate in a Jar

I have gotten quite a few questions via comments, email, etc. about my hot chocolate jars. So I thought I'd do a quick post. I think this is a fun gift idea for any cold weather occasion like Valentine's Day or a winter birthday. Or you can tuck this idea in your back pocket for next Christmas.

 

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Here's a quick run-down on the supplies I used and how I put the jars together.

 

Supplies:

Jars:  Hermetic Glass Storage Jars from The Container Store

Ribbon:  Offray from Walmart

Tags:  I made the tags using Word and my laser printer. The front said “Hot Cocoa” and was printed on white card-stock. The back of the tag was printed in red and had instructions for making the hot cocoa. (Mix 3 tablespoons of cocoa with ¾ cup hot water. Stir + enjoy!)

After printing out the tags I used two circle punches to form the circles. (The back, red circles were about 1/4" bigger than the white circles.) I glued the red and white circles together using glue stick. 


Next, I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a small hole at the top of each tag and add an eyelet.


Inside the Jars:

I filled the jars in layers (from bottom up) with:


Hot Chocolate:  Stephens Milk Chocolate Gourmet Hot Cocoa

Mini marshmallows. 

Mini chocolate chips.

After the first failed “make-your-own-hot-chocolate” experiment, I decided to go with something tried and true. Stephens has been my personal favorite hot cocoa for years (since 2007 actually), and so I thought it was the perfect cocoa to share with family and friends.


I measured enough cocoa to have complete servings in the jar (such as six servings per jar) but left room on the top of the jars for mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. After adding the cocoa, I shook the jars back and forth a bit to make sure the layer was flat in the jar, and then added the chocolate chips and mini marshmallows on top.


Once the jars were full, I strung a ribbon around the top and tied on the tag with white embroidery floss. Here's one more look at how they turned out. 

 

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I'll definitely give these as gifts again. (I’ll just skip the step where I make a really awful batch of homemade cocoa before breaking down and going with my tried and true Stephens.)

 

Let me know if you have any other questions about this project. Thanks!

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Cris and Crafts

I think it´s a great idea. I've done some of those this year for christmas. Thank you so much for sharing :)

Amy

Aby, these are so cute. What time saver to use pre-made hot cocoa mix! Thanks for the recipe - definitely keeping this one for next Christmas!

Jenn Talbot

What oz size jar did you use?

Aby

Hi, Jenn,

The ones shown in the photo are the 16 oz jars. I also did some little ones (7.75 oz) and the big ones would work great, too!

Thanks,

Aby

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