Gift In A Jar: Mocha Spice Mix

Colleen Sowa


My mother and aunt use to make these... It is fun to do and the children can help!

This is an easy gift to make during the holidays. I keep several kinds of these on hand for unexpected guests, little thank you gifts and hostess gifts.

If you don't use coffee, just double up on the cocoa and be sure to add the powdered milk and more sugar. You may want to omit the spices as well. If I make just the cocoa mix, I attach a decorative bag of mini marshmallows.

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Makes About 4 cups without the powdered milk


10 Min


1 1/2 c
instant coffee powder
1 c
cocoa powder
1 Tbsp
ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp
ground cloves
2 tsp
ground nutmeg
2 1/2 c


1 1/2 c
sifted powdered milk
4 -5
mini bottles of brandy or rum

Directions Step-By-Step

Stir all dry ingredients together well. Put in small pretty jelly jars. Seal tightly. (Stores well up to 6 months).
Cut pretty circles of cloth about 3 -4 inches bigger than your jar rings. Set circle of cloth over sealed jars and secure by putting a rubber band over the cloth. Put a pretty ribbon over the rubber band and tie the mini bottle of alcohol, then tie a bow.

You can print out labels and instructions to attach to the ribbon too.
For each serving: Put 2 - 3 teaspoons of the mix in a cup. Fill cup with 3/4 cup boiling water and stir.

For 6 servings: Put 1/4 to 1/3 cup of mix into a coffee pot and add 5 cups of boiling water.

Optional: You can add marshmallows or top with whipped cream. A pretty touch is a candy cane for a stir stick.

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