If you’re looking for a fun and festive treat for kids these holidays, you can’t look past this Snowman Soup recipe. It takes my homemade hot chocolate mix to a new delectable level.
As a child, we used to mix up a batch of Snowman Soup kits at the start of each winter and it would last the entire season. In fact, this is a recipe from my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Menotti. We made it as a class when I was six years old and everyone got to bring a sampling of mix and the recipe home. I was so thrilled when Mama then went out and got the ingredients for us to make, too!
Nowadays, I’m letting my kids make their own Snowman Soup kits with the same quick and easy homemade hot cocoa mix. Then they package it into little kits to give as “Snowman Soup”. This is such a great gift idea for classmates, friends, family, or anyone else your children would like to offer a special thank you to!
My homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is made with just 4 ingredients: instant milk powder, powdered coffee creamer, Nesquik instant chocolate milk powder, and powdered sugar. All the kids need to do is mix those ingredients together and then package it in a gift bag with the Soup necessities. This includes mini marshmallows, chocolate kisses, and a small candy cane for stirring. To make a cup of hot cocoa, your recipients just combine the ingredients with hot water.
Let me tell you, this is the creamiest, milkiest, chocolatiest hot chocolate you’ll ever taste. And the Snowman additions make it even better! I hope you and your family enjoy making Snowman hot chocolate these holidays.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
- Instant powdered milk
- Powdered coffee creamer
- Nesquik instant chocolate drink mix
- Powdered sugar
- Hershey kisses
- Small candy canes
How to Make Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
Now we’re just going to pour all ingredients into a large bowl!
This beautiful young lady pours in the powdered milk…
Adding in the powdered coffee creamer…
Then the Nesquik and confectioners sugar.
Mix it all up!
When you are done it will look like this!
This one batch made over 45 servings.
Now, to make your Snowman Soup, I measured out a heaping 1/3 cup of mix into a sandwich zipper seal bag.
I then folded the bag over, tape it, and place it in a larger clear gift bag.
In that bag, I place 10 mini marshmallows, two chocolate kisses, and a small candy cane.
Marshmallows for snowballs, Hershey kisses for the eyes, and a small candy cane as a stir stick.
I finish with a ribbon around the bag to seal it, a tag with instructions, and a copy of the below poem.
Voila! Snowman soup is ready to gift these holidays.
The instructions are as simple as filling a coffee cup about 1/3 full with the mix, adding hot water, and stirring.
Now, there are several poems available online but this is my favorite and printer-ready tags (with the poem) are available here.
When stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place like your kitchen pantry, this hot chocolate mix will last indefinitely (up to at least 12 months), as all of the ingredients have long shelf lives.
- This Snowman Soup idea works just as well with store-bought hot cocoa mix.
- If you don’t have confectioner’s sugar, granulated sugar works in a pinch.
- Feel free to substitute the kisses for a different type of chocolate. However, for less mess, it’s best if they’re wrapped.
- You can also use a bigger candy cane in any flavor.
How do you serve homemade hot chocolate?
Besides the Soup treats, you can top your homemade hot chocolate with whipped cream, , or chocolate shavings.
How do you make peppermint hot chocolate?
Add a dash of peppermint extract to make peppermint hot chocolate.
How do you make Mexican hot chocolate?
Stir in a dash of cayenne pepper to make Mexican hot chocolate.
How do you make spiced hot chocolate?
Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of your favorite dried spices to your hot cocoa mix. I’d recommend 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice or apple spice or 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
Check out these other gift mixes:
And these hot chocolate recipes:
- 1 box instant powdered milk
- 1 6-ounce jar powdered coffee creamer
- 1 2-pound box Nesquik chocolate milk powder
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- Mix all ingredients together in a large container. Store in a sealed container until ready to use.1 box instant powdered milk, 1 6-ounce jar powdered coffee creamer, 1 2-pound box Nesquik chocolate milk powder, 1 pound powdered sugar
- To make hot cocoa, fill a mug 1/3 full with the mix, add hot water, and stir.