Do It Cheaply – Hot Chocolate Mugs

Winter is the perfect season for hot chocolate! It’s my favorite drink when I wanna curl up with a good book, or when I wanna snuggle up under a blanket and queue up an episode of Criminal Minds on Netflix, and for staying warm on cold, rainy days – hot chocolate rocks! So why not give the gift of cozy beverages to your loved ones – for cheap? I’ve got you covered!

Here’s what we’ll need:

hot chocolate supplies
Back to Front: scissors, ribbon, baggies, marshmallows, powdered milk, chocolate chips, hot chocolate, ribbon pieces, mug, measuring spoons. PLEASE NOTE: The mugs that you see in the background are the ones I got at the dollar store. The mug in this picture was a gift, and I’m using it for the purpose of this blog post
  • mugs (5 mugs) – $1 each at the dollar store ($5 total for the mugs)
  • hot chocolate (2 boxes) – $1 each at the dollar store
  • ribbon (1 spool) – $1 at the dollar store
  • plastic baggies (1 box) – $1 at the dollar store
  • powdered milk (1 bag) – $1.98 at Wal-Mart
  • optional marshmallows (1 bag) – $1 at the dollar store
  • optional chocolate chips (1 bag) – $1.57 at Smith’s Grocery (you may need to shop around a bit if you don’t have a Smith’s in your area)

We’ll also need:

  • scissors or knife
  • measuring spoons
  • optional paint or permanent marker

Your Total: $10.98 (without options or tax); prices range from $11.98 to $13.55 depending on which options you choose – tax not included!

If you don’t have scissors, knives or measuring spoons, click here for good places to shop for them! Be sure to factor them into your budget!

Here’s how we do it: (blue text indicates an optional step)

  1. Fold the baggie over the edge of the mug – make sure the baggie is completely open inside the mug – and empty two packs of the hot chocolate powder inside

    hot chocolate
    Two packets of hot chocolate (pictured above) emptied into the baggie, which sits inside the mug
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of powdered milk (you can add more or less, depending on how rich you want the hot chocolate to be)

    powdered milk
    1 tablespoon of powdered milk on top of the hot chocolate
  3. Add your toppings – 2 tablespoons of marshmallows and/or 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips

    chocolate chips
    2 tablespoons of marshmallows and 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips
  4. Once all of the mixings are in the baggie, cut a piece of ribbon and use it to tie the bag shut. Use two pieces if you wanna make it extra secure (or if you wanna make it extra pretty)

    ribbon
    Two pieces of ribbon, tying the baggie shut inside the mug
  5. Run the edge of your scissors or knife along the loose ends of the ribbon to make it curl – the more times your run the edge along the ribbon, the curlier it gets.

    curly ribbon
    Ribbon after it’s been curled – I ran my scissors along the ribbon two to three times
  6. Write or paint the name of your loved one on the mug – or decorate it however you’d like, and allow it to dry for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour

    write name on mug
    Wrote my name on my mug with a metallic marker

And that’s it!

All you’ve gotta do now is give the mugs to your family and friends, and watch them get all sorts of happy because, hello, free hot chocolate! All they have to do is add hot water and it’s ready to drink! Yay!

Is there a recipe for hot chocolate that you like to use? Is there anything that you would add to or change in this recipe? Let me know in the comments how yours turned out!

Thanks for reading!

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