Just about everyone loves hot cocoa, right? Do you have an elderly neighbor or a coworker that you would like to give some sort of small gift to over the holiday season? Decorate a jar and fill it with hot cocoa. You could paint it like the ones above and tie a Christmas ribbon or bow to the top of it...but to make it even simpler, you can buy jars that are already decorated with holiday themes. You can get them on the holiday isle at Walmart for one dollar! Here's a GREAT recipe for hot cocoa. Its sweet and creamy.
DRY HOT COCOA MIX
4 cups instant nonfat dry milk powder
1-1/2 to 2 cups sugar (your preference on sweetness)
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 package of instant store-bought vanilla pudding mix
If you like a mocha flavor, you can also add 1/4 cup of instant coffee to the mix.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, making sure you get all the lumps out of the unsweetened cocoa. Once it is mixed well, store it in a jar or a coffee can with a lid...somewhere so it will stay very dry. This will stay good for 6 months if kept dry.
To serve, use 1/3 cup of the mixture in a mug, and fill to the top with hot water.