The instructions here make about 1 and ¼ cups of Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Powder, which is plenty to fill a small jar to give as a hostess gift. But the recipe can be doubled, tripled, or whatever to fill any sized jar you’d like. Because crushing the candy canes can be a tad messy, I tend to make a quadruple batch, store it in a larger container and then spoon some into a jar when I’m ready to take it as a gift to someone. Make sure to write out a note to go with the gift that says how much powder to combine with how much liquid. The usual amounts for most brands of hot chocolate are 2 tablespoons of powder to 8 ounces of hot milk or water.
- 1 cup hot chocolate powder (such as Ovaltine brand)
- a small jar
- 3 ounces of peppermint candy (that’s about 6 regular-sized candy canes)
- a large heavy duty plastic zipper bag (like ziplock)
- a gift tag
- a ribbon
- Measure the hot chocolate powder into a small jar. Set aside.
- Put the peppermint candies into a large ziplock bag. Seal the bag. Smash the candy through the bag using a rolling pin or a heavy bottomed skillet. Keep smashing until a lot of the candy is powder but there are still some bigger pieces with the identifiable red and white swirl (these are just so that the powder in the jar looks pretty. Don’t worry – they will dissolve in hot liquid rapidly enough as long as there aren’t too many big pieces).
- Pour the crushed candy into the jar. Put the lid on the jar and shake it once or twice.
- Write out your gift tag and string it onto the ribbon. Tie the ribbon around the jar. Give to someone as a token of thanks for being warm and kind enough to invite you into their home.