Hot Cocoa in a Jar Christmas Gift

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Annual Christmas Party Left-Right Game Prize

Each year we host a Christmas party. I decorate, cook and prepare gifts. Dearest and our daughter do the entertaining. Part of that entertaining includes the ‘Left-Right’ game set to Christmas stories or poems. It’s so much fun. 

Homemade Gifts


For the Left-Right game I usually make homemade gifts from bath salts, soaps, granola, to hot chocolate mix and apple cider mix in jars. 

Extra Special Touch


This year, I’ve been asked to make my Hot Chocolate mix again, so I wanted to make the jars something special.

Snow Globe Lids

This is a fun easy way to make Christmas gifts in a jar more special. It’s quite easy too!

How to Make Snow Globe Lids

  • Determine what size jar you’ll use – I used the tall pint and 1/2 jar
  • Plastic ornament balls – 
  • small Christmas ornaments (very small!)
  • Faux snow – small balls
  • Christmas twine
  • ribbon
  • hot glue and glue gun
  • card stock
  • wire

hot-cocoa-in-a-jar-gift-for-christmas-4Trace jar lid onto card stock. Hot glue the card stock to the lid then hot glue the lid to the band. 


Wrap the band with ribbon securing with hot glue.

hot-cocoa-in-a-jar-gift-for-christmas-7Hot glue the Christmas decoration onto the card stock.

hot-cocoa-in-a-jar-gift-for-christmas-8Set the lid in a shallow dish and pour over the faux snow balls. Make sure there are no snow balls on the edge of the band.

hot-cocoa-in-a-jar-gift-for-christmas-9Attach half of the plastic ball ornament onto the lid with hot glue.

hot-cocoa-in-a-jar-gift-for-christmas-10Finish off the lid with the Christmas twine – hot gluing along the edge of the plastic ball ornament. 

hot-cocoa-in-a-jar-gift-for-christmas-11Optional – you can add another ornament outside with some of the Christmas twine through the hole for the ornament hanger. 

Hot Cocoa Mix


  • 4 cups powdered milk
  • 2 3/4 cups Nesquik
  • 2 cups Coffee Mate Creamer
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until well mixed. Pour into mason jars using a wide mouth funnel. Fill each jar with about 2 cups hot cocoa mix. Top with Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits.

Recipe Notes

Optional: you can add additional miniature chocolate chips, crushed mints or crushed toffee candy this recipe makes approximately 5 pints of cocoa mix.

 Left-Right Gifts in Thirty-One Bags

hot-cocoa-in-a-jar-gift-for-christmas-14One more special touch – I’ve put these Hot Chocolate Gifts in a Jar in these sweet Thirty-One bags. I’ve loved these for years! 

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