Hot chocolate in a jar

Apologies for the lack of photos in this post. I lost most of them when my old phone went kaput. My mate Tamsin at Eco Fluffy Mama made these for Christmas this year and kindly let me use a couple of her pictures. The recipe is super easy to follow so give it a go!

Hot chocolate in a jar. Layers of powdered milk, cocoa powder, sugar and marshmallows, all waiting to be turned up into a saucepan.

These jars make lovely gifts for teachers at the end of term, or as a joint gift for vague acquaintances with lots of children when you can’t quite stretch to buying individual gifts for them all! I made a huge batch one year to put into handmade hampers for all my family members.

The jars I use are fat Korken jars from Ikea. They come in different sizes. The quantities given below are for the one-litre jar that costs £1.60 and makes a lot of hot chocolate. You can halve these quantities and use the half-litre jar, which is 80 pence and still makes enough for around four servings.


 I keep lots of these jars in for Oxo cubes, salt and meat rubs so I’m forever buying them.

You will need:

128 grams powdered milk

128 grams white sugar

128 grams coco powder (try not to use hot chocolate)

60 grams chocolate chips

60 grams marshmallows (or cram them in until you can’t close the lid!).


You could make a paper funnel to help get the layers into the jars. Just roll up some paper diagonally and stick it with some tape. Or you might own a proper kitchen funnel.  I do not. I just poured it in with a spoon and gave it a shake to settle it.

Layer the sugar on the bottom, then cocoa powder, then powdered milk, then chocolate chips, then marshmallows on the top (this order makes it stripy so there’s not two white things next to each other!).


If that all seems like too much effort, you can mix it up entirely, and just put the marshmallows on top.

On the label (or in a Christmas card?) write the instructions down so the recipient knows what to do with this jar.

“50 grams of the powder (you’ll have to give it a good shake or pour into a tupperware box) into a mug/cup and add hot water as you would a coffee, stir and enjoy”.


Failing that they can make a cauldron full! Tip the whole lot into a saucepan with enough hot water for up to eight mugs.


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3 thoughts on “Hot chocolate in a jar

  1. Vin Collins November 20, 2013 at 06:15 Reply

    You clever girls !!!!!!!

    • The Pie Patch November 20, 2013 at 07:33 Reply

      Thank you for taking the time to read it!

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