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Nothing's better after a day out in the winter weather than a nice cup of hot chocolate. Our delicious, intensely chocolate version is a winner for a lot of reasons: You make a big batch of the mix all at once, so you always have some on hand. It's so simple you'll never buy that hot chocolate drink from a packet again. And, it can be a wonderful, edible present your kids can make, package up and give as gifts to friends, families and teachers this holiday season. The recipe has been written up for gift giving; if you decide to keep a big batch for yourself, just store the cocoa mixture in an airtight container.

What you'll need:
(This makes enough for 16 servings, which makes a nice gift portion for someone.)

  • 1 cup good-quality cocoa, such as Droste (the better the cocoa, the better the drink!)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Whisk
  • Airtight jar or cellophane bag (available from craft and specialty baking shops)
  • Sticky address labels
  • Ribbon
  • Small-point waterproof marker
  • Optional: a bunch of real cinnamon or peppermint candy sticks

What you'll do:

  • Whisk the cocoa and sugar together in a medium-sized bowl until the mixture is well blended and smooth.
  • Carefully pour the mixture into the jar or the cellophane bag. Screw the lid on tightly or tie the bag with a beautiful bow. If using a jar, you can tie a nice big ribbon on it as well. If you have cinnamon sticks or peppermint sticks, tie onto the bow.
  • Depending on your children's writing skills, either help them write out the following directions for making hot cocoa on the address label using the waterproof marker, or you can write it out for them and let them decorate the label. Then stick the label to the jar or bag.
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