Do you have someone who loves hot chocolate in your life? Gift them one of these holiday hot chocolate dry mixes this holiday season!
Welcome to day two of our twelve days of Christmas! On day two we have this amazing Holiday Hot Chocolate recipe! Initially this hot chocolate is a dry mix, which means you can package it up and give it as the most perfect homemade gift to your friends and loved ones over the holiday season. All they have to do is when they are ready to enjoy, is add milk, water, and heat it up!
This hot chocolate is the creamiest, smoothest, and most chocolatey hot chocolate that I have ever tasted! It will last for months as a dry mix, and it stores really well in mason jars, making it super easy to give as the most thoughtful gift.
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Here are some things that you will need for this recipe!
- Vanilla Sugar; If you have never tasted or smelled vanilla sugar then you are in for a life changing experience! Vanilla sugar is AMAZING. It smells ridiculously good, every time I smell it, I just want to pour it directly into my mouth… This adds so much heavenly flavour into the finished hot chocolate, that I don’t recommend skipping it or subbing it out.
- Cute Jars; You’ll need these if you plan on gifting this holiday hot chocolate for Christmas! These are another super cute option!
Preparing the dry mix
Ready for the easiest recipe in the world? I am not kidding, it really is.
First sift together all of the dry mix ingredients and stir in the chocolate chips. Stir the dry mix well to completely combine it all.
Well… did I not tell you this was the easiest recipe ever? Because at this point, if you are making these into gifts, just bottle up your creation in your mason jar of choice! DONE.
WHAT?! That was too easy.
WAIT! I have something for you, I have created these super adorable holiday gift tags to go on your hot chocolate gift! Courtesy of Whipped It Up, they are complete with the final instructions! Download the PDF below now!
Transforming the dry mix into hot chocolate
This is where this recipe gets complicated… just kidding! This process is probably easier than making the dry mix, believe it or not!
So to do this, add 2 cups of your milk of choice and 2 cups of water to a saucepan. Add an entire batch of the dry mix and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir continuously until all of the chocolate chips have melted. The chocolate chips might want to stick to the bottom of the saucepan, but just keep stirring and they will incorporate eventually!
I know I am going to get this question, so I will answer it now. ANY KIND OF MILK WILL WORK! I have tested this recipe with regular cows milk and almond milk. They both taste the same, so any milk of your choice will work!
The greatest holiday hot chocolate hack there is
Ready for it? Instead of using milk, use EGG NOG! You are welcome. Mic drop. 😆
The adult version
This version of the recipe contains alcohol and is for adults only.
Once you have simmered the hot chocolate and it is prepared and ready to serve add a shot of your favourite cream liqueur to the cups, and then pour in the hot chocolate. We love love love Forty Creek Premium Cream Liqueur, but any cream liqueur will work!
The decorative snowmen
The snowmen are made of marshmallows, held together by straight pretzel sticks and can be added to the hot chocolate for pizzazz. The eyes, nose, and buttons are all made from melted chocolate and various sprinkles.
This holiday hot chocolate makes the most perfect, most thoughtful Christmas gift, and we just know you and your loved ones will love it!
We hope you enjoyed the second day of Christmas, make sure to check back tomorrow morning at 8am MST for day three!
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Check out the other recipes in our 12 Days of Christmas holiday event!
- First Day of Christmas- Polar Bear Claw Cookies
- Second Day of Christmas- Holiday Hot Chocolate
- Third Day of Christmas- Grandma’s Butter Tarts
- Fourth Day of Christmas- Shortbread Cookies
- Fifth Day of Christmas- Vanilla Roll Cake with Peppermint Buttercream
- Sixth Day of Christmas- Christmas Crack
- Seventh Day of Christmas- Sugar Cookies with Easy Royal Icing
- Eighth Day of Christmas- Peppermint Candy Cane Bark
- Ninth Day of Christmas- Easy Chocolate Truffles
- Tenth Day of Christmas- Spicy Strawberry and Walnut Brie
- Eleventh Day of Christmas- Rum and Eggnog Milkshakes
- Twelfth Day of Christmas- White Chocolate Eggnog Fudge
Holiday Hot Chocolate Mix
- ¼ cup Powdered Milk, instant
- 2 Tablespoons Icing Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Dutch Process Cocoa Powder, 22-24%
- 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Sugar
- ¼ cup Milk Chocolate Chips
To make the hot chocolate
- 2 cups Milk, of choice
- 2 cups Water
- Whip Cream Topping, optional
- Mini Marshmallows, optional
- Irish Cream, optional
- In a large bowl sift together the powdered milk, icing sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, vanilla sugar, and stir in the milk chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
- Package dry mixture in a mason jar, and affix with label. Then you can give it as a gift to your friends and family!
To make the hot chocolate
- In a medium sized saucepan add the milk, water, and 1 batch of dry mix. Whisk to combine and bring hot chocolate to a simmer. Continue to stir so the chocolate chips don’t stick to the bottom of the saucepan.
- Portion into serving glasses, top with marshmallows, whip cream, or Irish cream and serve.