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Fireside Mocha Mug -Easy Teacher Gifts!

I made 2 homemade food gifts this year.  Clone Of A Cinnabon pans for neighbors and co-workers, and these Fireside Mocha Mugs for Teacher gifts.  Both of these food gifts started with a trip to my local dollar store.  Foil pans with lids for my Cinnamon Rolls, and these super fun mugs for the mocha mix.  I love the dollar store!!
{bags and ribbon from Micheal’s, snowflake tags from Target}
I could not believe how fast and easy this mix was to make.  It sure beats making a gazillion Christmas cookies!  It tastes really good– creamy and delicious!  I made extra to store away, and when I think of one more person I’d like to give a gift to (mailman?) I simply grab a bag and mug, pour a cup of mix in, tie with twisty and tag, and stick in a candy cane.  So simple!  
This is also really cute packaged in a mason jar.  Last year I used mason jars for my Peppermint Stick Hot Cocoa, click through for packaging idea.

 I did a few packaged like this, inspired by some expensive gift mugs I saw at the mall displayed in this way. Most of the mugs I kept simple, as in the first picture above.  I thought they were cute adorned with the candy canes, and it saved money and time to skip the cellophane and wire ribbon.

 I found the recipe at  I did change it up a bit after tasting a mug.  I used less coffee, more cocoa mix, less nutmeg, and some salt.

Here is my version:
Fireside Mocha
1 cup powdered creamer
11/2 cups powdered hot cocoa mix
1/2 cup instant coffee
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix together in a large container and distribute into jars or bags.  Instructions attached should read “Mix 3-4 heaping spoonfuls in a mug of hot water”
*I quadrupled this to make 13 mugs.  Each mug contained about a cup of mix.

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  • John
    April 4, 2012 at 6:23 am

    wow what a ideal gift for teachers thanks for sharing.
    Photo mugs

  • Lana
    December 20, 2010 at 2:40 am

    We use this same recipe! It’s fun to mix up the flavors of the coffee and the creamers!

  • Corn in my Coffee-Pot
    December 17, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I’ve got a few little gifts left to get…these would be perfect! Thanks for sharing- I’m off to the dollar store, they’ve got the cutest little mugs…or the thrift even cheaper!

  • Amy Kinser
    December 17, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Great idea for teacher gifts. I homeschool all three of our kids, so I’m thinkin they need to get me a teacher gift like yours. Can you give them a hint? 🙂

  • Amy
    December 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Amy, what a super cute gift idea! I always have to keep my runs to the dollar store in check; otherwise, I’m grabbing everything off the shelf and justifying with, “Well, it’s only just a DOLLAR!”

    I can’t believe how easy and delicious this looks. I just might have to package a few of these myself! 🙂

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