handmade holiday: hot cocoa jars

i wish i could make everyone's Christmas present, but time (and ideas) are often lacking. i did find some time to make a few handmade gifts this year, though. the first are these hot cocoa jars. they were fun and easy! i started with some mason jars i had bought this fall at the local hardware store, knowing they would come in handy for something.

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i used alton brown's recipe, which includes a secret ingredient: cayenne pepper.

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mix mix mix.

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even making a double batch, i didn't end up with enough to fill the jars, so i added some chocolate chips and marshmallows. (thank you, pinterest, for the help!)

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i decorated the jars with doilies, Christmas labels, and string. i tried to add a candy cane but it didn't look right.

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my sister and i hosted a table again for our church's annual women's Christmas brunch, and we put one of these at each place setting as a favor. the rest will go to friends.

like i said, fun and easy!

sources and inspiration from here, here, and here. (see above for hot cocoa mix recipe.)