As of two days ago, I had no idea what to do for Cam’s five school teachers (yes, 5!!). Upon checking my Pinterest holiday folder, I rediscovered this cute snowman made of jars and containing marshmallows and hot cocoa mix. Fun! I think I pinned it in the summer, so I’m glad some rare forethought paid off. And since I have about a million baby food jars, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to use up something on hand.
Side note: my good camera is in the shop so I borrowed a friend’s Nikon…man, it’s a nice camera, but my off-camera flash doesn’t fit (obviously, since my camera is a Pentax) so my pictures are less than amazing. :P
I followed the tutorial almost exactly. I hotglued the jars together, cut out little strips of Christmasy fabric for the scarves and glued on the buttons. I used Sharpie paint pens for the eyes, nose and mouth. For the hat, I changed it up a bit…the tutorial calls for paper but I had some black sparkle felt on hand so I cut the brim and the crown, fit them on the lid and hot glued them together so they can be removed as one piece. I cut out and glued a small circle to cover the lid and complete the hat. Done!
Hot cocoa mix is not rocket science, but I’m partial to my mom’s recipe which is a mixture of instant chocolate drink mix (we use Nesquik), dry milk, coffee creamer, powdered sugar and malt powder (if you like a malt flavor). As my mom says, “mix to taste”. This recipe is totally made up and can be altered however you like, I even added some cocoa powder cause I like a really rich chocolate flavor.
Mom’s Awesome Hot Cocoa Mix
In a gallon size baggie, toss in:
2 cups Nesquik
2 cups nonfat dry milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup creamer
1/2 cup malt powder (optional)
Shake bag until mixed. Dip a wet finger into the powder and taste it. Alter taste by adding more milk (for less chocolate flavor) or adding more Nesquik or plain cocoa powder (for more chocolate flavor).