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Here are 7 of the BEST homemade hot chocolate recipes that’ll give you lots of yummy choices this time of year! Most of them also make easy gifts in a jar!

Here are 7 of the BEST homemade hot chocolate recipes that'll give you lots of yummy choices this time of year! Most of them also make easy gifts in a jar!

7 Of The BEST Hot Chocolate Recipes!

 

This homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is easy to make with ingredients you already have at home and saves money. It also includes jar mix instructions to make it perfect for gift giving!

This homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is easy to make with ingredients you already have at home and saves money. This recipe also includes jar mix instructions to make it perfect for gift giving!

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

8 cups dry milk
4 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1 3/4 cups Nestle’s Quik
1 1/2 cup non-dairy creamer
1 sm. pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix

Sift the ingredients into a large bowl. Place the mix into an airtight containers.

 

Attach this to the jar:

Hot Chocolate 5 Tbsp. (1/3 cup) Hot Chocolate Mix 1 cup hot water (not boiling) marshmallows or whipped cream

Place the Hot Chocolate Mix into a mug. Add water. Stir until Hot Chocolate mix is dissolved. Garnish as desired with marshmallows or whipped cream. Serves 1.

 

Hot chocolate is a yummy drink to warm you on a cold day, especially during the holidays! Here’s an easy jar mix recipe for hot chocolate or hot strawberry!

Hot chocolate is a yummy drink to warm you on a cold day, especially during the holidays! Here's an easy jar mix recipe for hot chocolate or hot strawberry!

There is nothing to warm you on a cold day like the old stand-by, hot chocolate! If you like to try something new every once in a while or of you have family or friends who don’t like chocolate (Is there such a person? : ) ) on your gift list, here is something different– Strawberry hot chocolate. Try dipping the rim of the glass in in some melted white chocolate chips for a more festive look.

Take your favorite hot chocolate mix or use the one I have included below and replace the chocolate Nestle Quik with Strawberry Quik and the chocolate pudding with vanilla pudding. Serve hot with whipped cream or marshmallows, topping it all with red sugar or sprinkles for a really festive look.

 

Hot Chocolate Or Hot Strawberry Mix Recipe

10 2/3 cups dry milk
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 lb. (2 cups) Nestle Quik (chocolate or strawberry)*
1 1/2 cups non-dairy creamer
2 small packages instant chocolate (or vanilla) pudding mix**
1 tsp. salt

Sift the ingredients into a large bowl. Place the mix in airtight containers.

*I am so picky about hot chocolate made with water because, even in the best recipes, it still doesn’t have that made with milk taste so I add an extra 2 cups of Nestle Quik to my recipe on top of what is written above for the perfect taste.

**You might add a package of white chocolate or cheesecake pudding for a different flavor in place of one of the vanilla pudding mixes.

Attach this to the jar:

Hot Chocolate: 5 Tbsp. (1/3 cup) Hot Chocolate Mix, 1 cup hot water (not boiling), marshmallows or whipped cream

Place the Hot Chocolate Mix into a mug. Add water. Stir until Hot Chocolate mix is dissolved. Garnish as desired with marshmallows or whipped cream. Serves 1.

 

If you don't have time to make a red velvet cake but want something special for Valentine's Day or any other special occasion, try this Red Velvet Hot Chocolate Recipe. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate would taste extra special if you're sipping it while curled up in front of a toasty fire, a nice finishing touch on a nice romantic evening.

If you don’t have time to make a red velvet cake but want something special for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion, try this Red Velvet Hot Chocolate Recipe. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate would taste extra special if you’re sipping it while curled up in front of a toasty fire, a nice finishing touch on a nice romantic evening.

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

4 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
10 oz. chocolate chips
2 tsp. red food coloring
1 tsp. vanilla
Whipped topping

Mix all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and heat over medium heat until it is hot and the chocolate chips are melted. Pour the hot chocolate into cups and top with whipped topping. Serve with heart shaped sugar cookies.

 

This easy Raspberry White Hot Chocolate Recipe is a different kind of warm and tasty drink that's great for cool days. Fresh raspberries and white chocolate make a nice change from regular hot chocolate! Try it! I think you'll like it!

This easy Raspberry White Hot Chocolate Recipe is a different kind of warm and tasty drink that’s great for cool days. Fresh raspberries and white chocolate make a nice change from regular hot chocolate! Try it! I think you’ll like it!

Raspberry White Hot Chocolate Recipe

12 oz. raspberries, fresh or defrosted from frozen
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
2 cups milk
1/2 cup cream
6 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped*
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch salt

Sprinkle the sugar on the raspberries and toss to combine. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, until they start to soften and release their juices.

Blend the raspberries in a blender. Then pour the puree through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the seeds. You should be left with about 3/4 cup of raspberry puree. If you have more, save it for another use.

Combine the milk and cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer— but don’t bring it to a full boil. Remove from the heat. Add the white chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate is melted.  Add the berry puree, vanilla extract, and salt.

Serve immediately with whipped cream and fresh berries on top. It can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stove top.

*For the best taste and texture, do not substitute white chips for the chopped white chocolate bar. White chocolate chips tend to be hard to melt.

 

These Gingerbread Hot Chocolate And White Chocolate Recipes are two great recipes for tasty hot chocolate. They’re great for cold days and holidays!

These Gingerbread Hot Chocolate And White Chocolate Recipes are two great recipes for tasty hot chocolate. They're great for cold days and holidays!

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe

3 cups milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. molasses
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine everything but the milk in a saucepan over low heat. Then add the milk. Heat, whisking, until hot. Serve with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. Add a gingerbread cookie on the side.

 

Hot Gingerbread White Chocolate

1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
2 tsp. molasses
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice (mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom)

Mix all ingredients and heat either on the stove or in the microwave. Top with whipped topping.

 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

For a different twist on hot chocolate try pouring your hot chocolate over some peppermint ice cream.

 

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