The cocoa recipe below is great to give and to receive! It is fun to customize it with your favorite spices—be sure to make extra to enjoy with your family too. This can be easily packaged in jars, cans, tins, or even in plastic bags. The example to the left was made using plastic pastry bags (like you use to piped frosting) and was layered with chocolate chips and marshmallows for embellishment.
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 2 TBSP instant coffee
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 TBSP ground cinnamon
Combine and mix all ingredients. Store in an airtight container. To make, add 1 heaping tablespoon cocoa mix per ½ cup hot milk; stir with a whisk to dissolve. Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream.
Variations: To make a more standard chocolate flavor, omit the cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Instead, add a peppermint stick to stir with or create your own flavor combination by using other spices: ginger, cardamom.