Recipe and steps for crafting mason jar hot chocolate


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s both a creative craft and a delicious treat perfect for any small gift! Culinarian Lauren Lane demonstrated how to make mason jar hot chocolate.

“A big mug of hot chocolate is just what I need on a cold day! It feels so festive,” Lane wrote. “That’s also why I like to make the mix in mason jars to gift around the holidays! Just over here spreading a little holiday cheer!”

Picture of cocoa mix in mason jar
Picture courtesy of Lauren Lane.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Optional Mix-Ins:

  • Chocolate Dipped Jumbo Marshmallows
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Crushed candy canes


  1. Using a funnel, layer the ingredients in each jar as follows: granulated sugar, a pinch of salt, cocoa, dried milk, and chocolate chips. 
  2. Seal the jars.
  3. To serve, shake jar to combine.
  4. Combine 1 cup of hot water or milk and 1/3 cup of hot chocolate mix and stir.


For the chocolate dipped marshmallow:

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 
  • 10 large marshmallows
  • Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval. Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch. Alternatively, melt using a double boiler.
  • Insert a stick or peppermint stick into the marshmallows. Dip the marshmallow halfway in chocolate. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes or sprinkles. 
  • Place on waxed paper or parchment paper and refrigerate. Let marshmallows sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.

Gift Ideas:  Gift with a mug, peppermint stick, chocolate dipped marshmallows or a bag of mini marshmallows.

Get more great recipes from Lauren Lane by reading her blog or following her on Instagram.



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