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Mint Hot-Chocolate Cheer
Showcase this holiday drink mix in a glass container—recycle mason-style jars, juice bottles, or vintage glass milk bottles found at tag sales.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Yield: 4 cups of mix, or about 8 servings

2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 2/3 cups mint-flavored chocolate chips
2 Tbs crushed peppermint hard candy

Layer ingredients in the order listed in a 1-quart bottle. Seal with lid and/or paper cupcake liner "hat" and attach a card with preparation directions.

To Prepare:

Pour the contents of the bottle into a large saucepan. Add 3-1/2 cups low-fat milk or water. Stir over medium heat until all of the candy pieces are melted and the drink is creamy and hot. Pour into mugs. Add some marshmallows and a peppermint-stick stirrer, if desired.