Hot cocoa mix is one of our favorite things to gift around the holidays. This year, we put a peppermint spin on it by adding crushed candy canes! To crush, place the candy canes in a zip-top plastic bag and mash with a mallet into pieces.
To assemble the mix, layer the following ingredients in a pretty glass jar:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 crushed candy canes
1/3 cup non-dairy mini chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life)
1/2 cup vegan marshmallows (such as Dandies)
Add a pretty bow or ribbon, along with a gift tag that includes instructions for preparing the cocoa.
To prepare, simply remove the marshmallows from the jar, then heat the mix and 6 cups non-dairy milk over medium heat until it reaches your desired temperature.
Of course we set aside one batch of this mix to prepare for ourselves. We weren’t going to let the gift recipients’ have all the holiday fun!