The Hot Cocoa is a recipe that my family has used for generations and I have memories of sneaking spoonfuls of the powder right into my mouth as a child. It is that good. I tried the spoonful method again after making this batch and it was still delicious. But of course it is best mixed with water and covered in marshmallows.
The Kahlua recipe was found after comparing several online recipes. It turned out good but next time I will use higher quality ingredients so that the taste is more refined. I suggest using high quality vanilla, instant coffee, and vodka.
I bought the jars and bottles for both gifts from the Container Store.
Homemade Hot Cocoa
makes 4 10.5 oz glass jars full
25.6 oz box of non-fat dried milk
16 oz box of Nestle Quick
3 2/3 cups of powdered sugar
1 cup creamer
Mix together with a wire whisk
*Serve 5-6 heaping teaspoons per mug. Top with marshmallows
makes 6 8.5 oz jars full
4 c. sugar
4 c. water
1/4 c. instant coffee
4 c. vodka
4 tsp. vanilla extract
Simmer water and sugar together until sugar dissolves. Add coffee and simmer for 1 hour. Let cool. Add vanilla extract and vodka.