The snow is crunchy, the air is crisp, and who doesn’t love to come inside and warm up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate?

I’m going to share with you a quick and easy recipe for delicious hot chocolate mix that you can make and store, or give away as gifts!

Why make your own mix you ask? Why to save some money of course and also the security of knowing exactly what’s in it and being able to pronounce all of the ingredients! Not to mention, kids absolutely love this project! It’s easy for little hands to make and lots of fun for both moms and littles!

I also have discovered some wonderful news in my researching, get this… chocolate is good for coughs and sore throats! Like we need any more reasons to love it right?

Cocoa contains an alkaloid called theobromine. Studies show that this is better at suppressing coughs than codeine, coating the nerve endings in the throat that trigger coughs.  I don’t know about you, but I thought that maybe the best news I’d heard all week!

Without further ado, lets get on with the recipe. All you need for this project is:

2 cups powdered sugar

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2 cups dried milk powder

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1 cup cocoa powder

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Mix together in a large bowl

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That’s it! You can store this in large or small jars, decorate and give away for gifts or keep for yourself.   Use 1/2 cup in the bottom of  a large cup and fill the rest with hot water.

For an extra special treat, I like to add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil, or if you are crazy about those chocolate oranges you can get at Christmas time like I am, you can also add 1 drop of orange essential oil to your hot chocolate, delicious. Be sure to only use quality essential oils like the ones from Young Living, only because many others have ingredients that you wouldn’t want to ingest!

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If you would like to talk to me about essential oils, I would be happy to help you out, just comment below!

Now I think I am going to curl up in my favorite chair and read about gardening, while I look out the window at the frozen tundra! What do you like to do on these cold winter days?