Hot Chocolate Recipe and Mason Jar Gift Idea


I came up with this hot chocolate recipe and mason jar reindeer idea while I was putting together a hot chocolate gift basket.  The fancy mixes are so expensive, so I decided to make my own.  After a few tweaks, this recipe makes the perfect rich hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate Mason Jar Gift

Hot Chocolate Recipe makes 23 servings

3 3.2oz Envelopes of non-fat dry milk (3 3/4 cups)

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup dark cocoa powder (if you don’t have any, you can use all regular cocoa)

1 cup granulated sugar

Mix all ingredients together well. I filled a quart size jar and had about 2 servings left over.

To make hot chocolate, place 1/4 cup of mix in a mug and add 8 oz of boiling water.  Stir well.


Mason jar (I used a quart size)


Card stock

felt, foam sheets or scrapbook paper in brown, black, white and red


8″ square of burlap or fabric

Rubber band

Raffia or ribbon


Print out the template.  If you are using plain card stock for the tag, you can used the brown tag.  If you are using chipboard or colored paper, you can use the one with the white background.  You can delete the one you are not using and copy and paste the one you want as many times as you need.  Use a hole punch to make a hole for the ribbon on each one.

hot_chocolate_mason_jar4 Hot Chocolate Mason Jar Gift

Cut out the pattern pieces.  Trace them onto felt, foam sheets or heavyweight paper.  I used felt.  Stiffened felt worked great for the antlers.

Cut a 1/2″ slit at the bottom of each antler.


Cut two small slits in your burlap or fabric where the antlers will go.  Slide the antlers through each cutout.

Hot Chocolate Mason Jar Gift

Place the antlers on the top of the jar and tape them so each side of the slit goes a different way.

Hot Chocolate Mason Jar Gift

Place the burlap down and place a rubber band around the jar to hold it in place.  Tie the top with ribbon or raffia, attaching the tag.  Attach the eyes and nose.  I used double sided tape.

That’s it!  Pair it with some marshmallows or some mugs and you have a perfect gift!



20 thoughts on “Hot Chocolate Recipe and Mason Jar Gift Idea

  1. You said you “stiffened” the felt? Does it come that way or did you have to do something to stiffen the felt?I am making these in my class as Christmas gifts!

  2. Hi Heidi,
    That’s great! It does come that way. Most craft stores sell it in 9″ x 12″ sheets. The stiffened felt usually costs a little bit more. I think it’s about $1/sheet but it helps the antlers to stand up. Let me know how they turn out!


  3. Hi there, I got to say that they are great gift ideas for the holidays 🙂 Could I just ask, are the labels and cut outs free of charge to use? I thought to ask before using the materials. Thanks Laura

  4. Hi Laura,
    Yes, they are free of charge to download and use. I just ask that if you want to share them, you link back to this post and not redistribute them. Thanks for asking and enjoy!


  5. Hi Shannen,

    Thanks! I included some mugs and some fancy marshmallows. You could also include some candy canes, chocolate covered spoons, or cookies. If you wanted to make it ‘grown up’, you could add a bottle of peppermint schnaps or Bailey’s.

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