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 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)
felt, foam sheets or scrapbook paper in brown, black, white and red
8″ square of burlap or fabric
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.
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.
Place the antlers on the top of the jar and tape them so each side of the slit goes a different way.
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!