Spiced Christmas hot chocolate kit

Frances Atkins' spiced Christmas hot chocolate kits are the perfect edible gift. Add these simple instructions to a gift card or tag: 'To make your spiced hot chocolate, remove the lid from the jar and take out the marshmallows. Put your spice bundle inside the jar. Boil 200ml of milk and cool until warm. Pour into your jar, put the lid on and shake. Remove the lid, add the marshmallows and enjoy!'.

First published in 2016




Christmas hot chocolate

To serve

  • 800ml of skimmed milk


  • Twine
  • 4 x 224ml jam jars with lids
  • 4 small gift cards
  • Ribbon


To sterilize each of the jars, wash thoroughly and place in a large pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove and allow to air-dry
Divide the sugar evenly between the jars and lightly shake to form a flat layer at the base of the jar
  • 75g of caster sugar
Sift the cocoa, cinnamon, mixed spice and salt into a clean, dry bowl. Divide the mix between the jars, gently spooning over the sugar to create 2 different coloured layers
Gently stuff the marshmallows into the top of each jar. Screw on the lids
  • 75g of marshmallow
Using 4 lengths of twine, tie each whole star anise to a cinnamon stick to create 4 separate spice bundles
Attach each bundle and a gift card to the top of each jar using decorative ribbons
To serve, remove the marshmallows from the jar but place the spice mix inside. Boil 200ml of milk and allow to cool slightly
Once cooled but still warm, pour the milk into the jar and fix on the lid. Shake the jar vigorously, then remove the lid again and add the marshmallows. Enjoy with a straw
  • 800ml of skimmed milk
First published in 2016

The unique beauty of the rolling Yorkshire Dales has long framed Frances Atkins’ creative cooking, offering a stunning backdrop to her creative, spirited and beautifully executed food.

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