More Holiday Mixes to Make for Gift Giving and Your Own Delicious Use

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Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Mix This delicious Hot Chocolate mix is so simple to make, you will want to make extra for your own enjoyment! The following ingredients will make up 3 cups of dry mix, and is easily doubled or tripled.

1 c pure cocoa

1¼ c sugar

1 c skim milk (or soy milk for those lactose intolerant) powder

½ tsp sea salt , (for added health benefits)

½ tsp cinnamon (the secret ingredient to a very tasty mix!)

  1. Combine all of the above ingredients, mixing well.
  2. Store your Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Mix in an airtight container in a cool, dry area.
  3. To give this mix as a gift, package in a medium sized holiday jar, tied with a bright festive ribbon and a small fancy card with the following instructions: Combine 1½ T of cocoa mix with ¾ cup of boiling water. Stir well. Enjoy!
  4. You could also supply a separate jar of miniature marshmallows to add extra richness to your gift of cocoa mix. ( for recipes on how to make party ‘mocktails’; punches; herbal recipes; home entertaining ideas; how to make homemade cheeses (eg. Boursin, Liptauer, yogurt, etc); more holiday gifts from your kitchen and garden; check the ‘categories’ section of betweenclosefriends.com blog)

Cocoa with a hint of spice Another delightfully tasty gift-giving recipe, this time made as a syrup. It can be dually used either to make hot cocoa, or as a chocolately syrup over ice cream, cakes, cheesecakes, etc. This recipe will yield about 1 cup of syrup mix, and also is easily doubled or tripled for multiple gift giving or your own personal use during the cold wintery months.

½ c cocoa

¾ cu sugar

1 tsp freshly ground or scraped cinnamon

¼ tsp freshly ground cloves

¼ tsp freshly ground allspice

¾ c boiling water

  1. Combine the cocoa, sugar and spices in small saucepan on the stove.
  2. Stir the mixture together well. While stirring, slowly add boiling water.
  3. Boil for one minute.
  4. Cool, then carefully pour into a festive holiday jar and refrigerate between uses.
  5. To use, add 3 T syrup to 1 cup of hot milk and stir.
  6. For gift giving, tie a brightly coloured Holiday ribbon around the top, attaching a fancy card with directions on how to use the chocolate mix.

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