Cocoa Mix {with printable labels}

Phew! It’s been a strange few days around here. I’m sure most people are feeling the same, ’tis the silly season, after all. On Friday I officially went onto Maternity Leave from my teaching position. I am now on leave until January 2014. Yes Twenty Fourteen! That’s a year and a bit to be full time mama to my big girl, Pebble, and our new baby. I’m excited, and a little bit… terrified!

Luckily I don’t have much time to dwell on how tricky TWO children might be full time (hats off to you all who have three, four… more). As usual I have left my Christmas planning and shopping until after school finishes, so now I’m diving head first into present hunting, shopping and planning what food I’m taking to which events. Lucky for me I’m not hosting anything at our house, so there is a huge load off.

One present I have given out to a few people is a cocoa mix. I call it a Home made Chocolate Blend, but you can call it what you like. Cocoa Mix, Hot Chocolate Mix, Big Jar of Chocolate Awesome. Whatever you call it, it’s delicious! Pebble and I made a few batches for some Kris Kringles and her lovely child care teachers.

It’s really lovely for making hot chocolate, and also makes a lush iced chocolate, or a treaty topping  for ice cream. I adapted this Country Living recipe to make my mix:

Cocoa Mix

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 170 grams (6 ounces) dark chocolate buttons
  • 50 grams (1/4 cup or 2 ounces) white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar, extra
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut into two or three large pieces

To make: Put all ingredients except vanilla bean into a food processor (I use a hand/stick blender with a bowl attachment), and process until just powdery. Store in an airtight container with the vanilla bean for up to six months.

I used a mason jar to gift the cocoa mix, layering it with the two tablespoons of extra sugar in the jar to make it look pretty. I attached some labels: one with the name of the mix, one with the ingredients and one with some ideas for how to use it. You can download the labels below. The word document allows you to edit blank the label and create your own version, and the PDF is ready to print out and use straight away.

{Printable Cocoa Mix Labels}

Cocoa Mix Printable Labels (pdf)

Cocoa Mix Printable Labels (doc)

Do you like making home made gifts for friends? What’s the best home made gift you’ve ever received?

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