Ready-to-mix hot chocolate is great gift for all

Just add milk and you've got a home-made treat

Published On: Dec 10 2012 08:52:23 AM EST
Detroit -

Here's a great gift idea appropriate for almost anybody on your list - friend, grandparents, teacher or bus driver. They'll appreciate it during the January freeze, says Tina Miller, Meijer Healthy Living Advisor.

Mix the cocoa, and other dry ingredients in a snack size zip-lock baggie.   In a separate snack baggie, place some miniature marshmallows.  Cut out the directions below, roll up (like a small scroll) and tie with a festive ribbon.  Insert all 3 items in a large holiday china or travel (thermal) mug.  An optional addition would be a wrapped candy cane or old-fashioned cinnamon candy stick as a festive stirrer.  Place in a gift bag and you're done!

Hot Chocolate Dry Ingredients
4-5 teaspoons unsweetened powdered cocoa
4 Tablespoons sugar (or sugar substitute if preferred-refer to package for sugar substitution proportions)
1/8 teaspoon Meijer salt
1/8 teaspoon McCormick ground cinnamon

Directions for Homemade Hot Chocolate Just For You!
Ingredients:  Unsweetened powdered cocoa, sugar, salt
cinnamon and marshmallows.
Directions:  Pour the sugar, cocoa & salt mixture in a large
mug. Heat 2-cups milk or plain soymilk on the stovetop or in a
microwave, until hot.  Gradually add the milk to cocoa mixture;
stirring well.  Stir in 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, top with the marshmallows and enjoy.