Giving handmade gifts at Christmas time is my favorite and these mason jars filled with hot cocoa mix and topped with holiday themed hats are so festive and fun!
Then it’s time to whip up the homemade hot cocoa mix. (Or if you’re short on time, just dump store-bought cocoa mix into each jar. Shhh… no one will ever know it isn’t homemade!)
Here’s my recipe for homemade hot cocoa mix:
- 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 cups white sugar
- 1 cup coffee creamer
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- pinch salt
- warm milk
- mason jars
- 1.5 cups caramel or mint Christmas M&M’s
Mix the dry ingredients together in a food processor. This helps break everything down so that it will dissolve more evenly in the milk. Divide the powder evenly between three pint sized mason jars, then fill the rest of the jar up with M&M’s.
To serve the hot chocolate, pour 1 cup of warm milk into a mug, then stir in 1/2 cup cocoa mix. The M&M’S melt and make this a truly decadent holiday treat. Plus they add so much festive color to the jars.
You can use these mason jar toppers for other treats besides just hot cocoa, of course. Fill the jar with your favorite candied popcorn or a stack of home baked cookies or fudge or caramels or whatever your heart desires!
HOLIDAY MASON JAR TOPPERS VIDEO TUTORIAL