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Locavore Presents Holiday Hot Chocolate

As the holidays roll around, I am brought back into the spirit of giving. Unfortunately, as a college student, I have little money to spend on my friends. My pals and I decided to only spend a maximum of $10 on each other’s gifts. I remembered that sometimes the best present is something homemade.

After much consideration, I chose to make the hot chocolate mix that my family always made this time of year. It’s seasonal, festive, and simple, and all the ingredients cost under $10.


-1 box Carnation Instant Milk (powder)

-1 (6 oz) jar Coffee-mate

-1 box of powder sugar

-1 (2lb) box Nisquick

-3 tsp. of cinnamon

Here's how to make it:

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, and store.

This makes a lot of hot chocolate mix, but that’s the beauty of it—you can give it to a lot of friends. You can spend a little extra money on metal holiday tins to up the gift ante, or you can keep it simple by placing it in a Ziploc bag. All that needs to be done is adding the mix in some hot water.

James R.Clark enjoys yoga and hails from Meridian, Texas. He attends The New School for Public Engagement. To read more of his work, click here.

Illustration by Sharon Watts.

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