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‘Tis the season to be minty

Since Christmas is quickly approaching, college students are looking for quick, easy and affordable gifts to give friends and family. Many people enjoy drinking a variety of hot beverages in the winter, like tea or coffee. But many others enjoy hot chocolate, so here is a minty twist recipe for a winter classic, packaged like a present.


There are two ways this recipe can be prepared. The first involves layering all of the ingredients above in a mason jar. Be sure to pack each layer into the mason jar firmly, except for the marshmallows. Then decorate the jar as desired.

In the other way, combine all the ingredients thoroughly and package in individual mugs or mason jars to be given as gifts. This is a perfect way to personalize a simple present.

If this is not intended to be a gift but is to be enjoyed once it is mixed together, just add hot water to create the perfect Christmas drink.

Feel free to add or remove ingredients as desired; don’t be afraid to personalize it. For example, the crushed candy canes can be substituted for cinnamon powder for a savory flavor. Celebrate the holiday season with this chocolaty treat!


• 1 mason jar or mug


• 1/2 cup powdered milk

• 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

• 1/2 cup granulated sugar

• 1/8 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 cup chocolate chips

• 1/4 cup crushed candy canes

(about 3 candy canes)

• 1/4 cup freeze-dried mini Marshmallows