Try your hand at making gifts this season. These DIY homemade hot cocoa mugs are sure to spread holiday cheer.

6 tablespoons powdered creamer
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
6 tablespoons powdered milk
3 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
1 tablespoons chopped candy canes or mints
½ cup mini marshmallows
Floral picks, ribbon and paper straws
Glue gun
Recipe adapted from Love Grows Wild.

1. Carefully construct layers of powdered creamer, powdered sugar, cocoa powder and powdered milk in the bottom of a pint-sized mason jar mug. Then add a layer of chocolate chips—we love the milk, dark and white chocolate combination!—and a layer of candy canes. No candy canes yet at your local grocer? Crush up some peppermints for the same look and flavor.

2. Top off the jar with mini marshmallows, screw the lid on and decorate your mugs with ribbon, seasonal floral picks and festive paper straws from the craft store using your hot glue gun. Want even more goodies? Make a separate mug or clear plastic ornament filled with just chocolate chips, candy canes and mini marshmallows!

3. When ready to use, set the marshmallows aside and mix the remaining ingredients together. Add ½ cup of the mix to 1 cup of boiling water in a mug and stir thoroughly. Top with marshmallows and enjoy (makes 3-4 servings).

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Jess Bennett leads a dynamic team in overseeing all facets of About magazine, Stark County's award-winning lifestyle monthly, and other specialty publications. Bennett was previously the director of marketing and events for the Canton Regional Chamber, where she directed all advertising, marketing, PR and web, including promotion and publicity for more than 70 events annually. She is the founder and volunteer executive director for Indigo Ink Press, a nonprofit literary publishing house in Canton. She currently serves on the board of the YWCA of Canton, is a winner of the ‘Thrive Under 35′ marketing award and the Twenty Under 40! award, presented by ystark! and The Repository.

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