Homemade Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix – Homemade Gift Idea

Published on November 4, 2020 by Lauren

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  • I love creating homemade gift mixes for the holidays.  They are such a fun and inexpensive way to show someone you care!  One of my favorites is this Homemade Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix.  Throughout the year, I look for mason jars in thrift stores, or I save my glass peanut butter jars.  Then I wash them out and use them to make this homemade mix!

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    Homemade Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix:

    I love making several of these for gifting to teachers, service providers, friends at church, and even keeping a couple on hand at home (you know – for those unexpected guests who visit and give you a gift? This way you aren’t caught empty-handed! #awkward)

    These make such a stunning presentation because of the way the ingredients layer. To create the layers, start with cocoa powder, then white sugar, then add the cinnamon, ending with a marshmallow layer.

    It usually takes me two layers to fill the entire mason jar (this is the larger size).


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    Then I screw on the top, wrap a ribbon around it, and it’s done!

    I can usually make about a dozen of these for under $20.00 – that is only $1.66 per gift!

    Here is my favorite recipe:

    homemade cinnamon hot chocolate mix

    Homemade Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix

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    Author: Lauren Cobello


    • 2 cups White sugar
    • 1 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
    • *2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp salt


    • Layer in this order:
    • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows
    • Repeat with another layer until jar is full.

    Go out and try it out – let me know what you think!


    homemade cinnamon hot chocolate mix


    If we have any extra on-hand, this keeps in our pantry in an air-tight container for about 3 months – just perfect for getting us through the winter months! My family loves it on chilly nights and snowy afternoons as a special treat.

    If you loved this Homemade Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix recipe as a creative way to save on gift-giving, I share a similar idea for Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar here.

    Being creative in gift-giving solutions is one of the many tips I share during my 30 Day Debt-Free Christmas challenge. Have you joined yet? You can find the link here and receive daily tips in your inbox as well as access to a private Facebook community where you can meet like-minded savers who will support and encourage you during this spend-crazy time of year. Don’t go into January with a Debt Hangover!



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