There’s nothing better on a cold day than a marshmallow topped mug of hot cocoa. What’s that? It’s only October you say? Well, it’s freaking snushing (snow/slushing) here in NYC and me thinks our days of sunshine and warm weather are quickly coming to an end. Rather than get depressed about the crappy weather, I decided to seize the snow day and whip of a batch of instant hot cocoa mix to keep in my pantry for the cold days ahead.

 

If you’ve never made your own batch of instant hot cocoa powder, I urge you to give it a try.  My three year old son loves helping me mix and measure the ingredients. it’s super simple to make and having a pre-made mix comes in handy when it’s freezing out and the kids need something to melt the icicles off of their noses.  I like to flavor mine with different spices and give them as gifts for the holidays. Simply place the mix inside a cellophane bag or mason jar and tie with an attractive ribbon. Package that up with a couple of pretty mugs, et voila! Instant gift for your favorite hostess, teacher, babysitter, neighbors etc…Enjoy!