Gifts in a Jar, Day Ten on the Advent Calendar and Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate

Gifts in a Jar, 
Day Ten on the Advent Calendar 
Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate

10th December

Window number ten is
Angel Chimes

The gentle ting, ting, ting of the angel chimes and the hiss and spit of a log fire……..the heat making me drowsy, whilst carols play in the background……the smell of hot wax mingles with spiced mince pies baking in the oven. A cold wind howls outside and the overwhelming feeling of gathering the family in under one roof is overwhelming ~ if only we were all together for Christmas this year. 

Mulled wine or hot chocolate? I feel like a hot and comforting drink…..laced with cinnamon and topped off with a mob cap of whipped cream… hot chocolate it is then. This recipe is the last in my Trio of Festive Beverages and part of my Gifts in a Jar series…..a real hug in a mug.

Christmas Eve Hot Chocolate

4 tea cups dried milk powder
½ tea cup caster sugar
½ tea cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine all the ingredients together and store in an attractive jar or container. Add a label to say: 

“Add 2 to 3 tablespoons to hot but not boiling water, mix well and add sugar to taste. Whipped cream and a tot of brandy can be added for a festive touch!” 

That’s all for today, see you later with more Advent treats……


  1. Working london mummy says

    Oooh lovely. I do love hot choc! Making Xmas pannetone this weekend will enter into tea time treats x

  2. Jacqueline says

    You are tempting me with this hot chocolate Karen. Much nicer than the diet stuff I usually drink.

    Oh and I hope you are submitting one of your gorgeous photos for this month's No Croutons Required – Festive photos.

  3. Choclette says

    Sounds like a perfect evening Karen – so snug. That mug looks so elegant and what's inside sounds so tasty – mmmm, can just smell that cinnamon.

  4. Inside a British Mum's Kitchen says

    Ok, thanks to you I now have the advent calander! The Christmas Eve hot chocolate sound just about perfect – except I'm not waiting for Christmas Eve! Beautiful pictures – as always:)
    Mary x

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