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Beverage Mixes in a Jar

(FN1625, Nov. 2017)
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Summary

Enjoy these beverages at home or give as gifts to friends and family for birthdays, holidays or other special occasions. Consider these beverage mixes a fun and easy way to make delicious drinks without breaking your budget.

Lead Author
Lead Author:
Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., R.D., L.R.D., Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Other Authors

In cooperation with Alice Henneman, M.S., R.D., Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Availability
Availability:
Web only
Publication Sections

Introduction

Clear jar with a blue ribbon at the top containing a beverage mix

With beverage prices rising at your favorite coffee shops, wouldn’t you like an inexpensive and tasty beverage you can make in your own home?

  • Store mixes in airtight wide-mouth containers for best quality and easy use. Possible containers include see-through canisters and canning jars. Decorate canisters with a pretty bow, or cover canning jars with a cloth tied by a bow.
  • To cover canning jars, you need about ¼ yard (9 inches) of fabric. Cut a circle, preferably with pinking shears, so it hangs down about 2 inches from the jar top. Place the fabric under the band or over the band. Tie with a ribbon, holding the fabric in place with a rubber band if needed.
  • Download the Publication File for this publication (available at the top of this page) to print and cut out the provided recipes or hand-print each recipe on a card and attach it to the jar.

Key to Abbreviations

tsp. = teaspoon
Tbsp. = tablespoon
c. = cup
g = grams
mg = milligrams

For more mix recipes, see “Mix It Up to Expand Your Gift-giving Dollar With Food Mixes in a Jar”.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Candy Hot Cocoa Mix

Enjoy this delightful mix after a hectic day of hitting the after-holiday sales. It also makes a hearty treat after a chilly afternoon of sledding, ice skating or building snow creatures!

  • 1 c. instant skim milk powder
  • 1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ c. crushed peppermint candy
  • ½ c. mini semisweet chocolate chips

Mix Directions:

  1. Add the skim milk powder, cocoa powder, sugar and salt to a food processor. Pulse until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Transfer the mix to a large bowl. Add the crushed peppermint candy and mini semisweet chocolate chips. Stir until distributed throughout the mixture.
  3. Store mixture in an airtight, quart-sized container. Decorate container as desired.

Serving Directions: For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup boiling water.

Makes 12 servings. Per serving: 160 calories, 3.5 g fat, 4 g protein, 30 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber and 130 mg sodium

Spiced Tea Mix

This sweet, spicy cup of tea will put you in a holiday mood!

  • 1½ c. orange breakfast drink (such as Tang)
  • ¾ c. iced tea mix (unsweetened)
  • 1½ c. white sugar
  • 3 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground cloves

Mix Directions:

  1. Mix contents in a large bowl.
  2. Store mixture in an airtight, quart-size container. Decorate container as desired.

Serving Directions: For each serving, place 1 cup boiling water in a mug and stir in 1 to 3 teaspoons of mix (to taste).

Makes 64 servings. Per 3-teaspoon serving: 60 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g protein, 10 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber and 0 mg sodium

French Vanilla Coffee Mix

Need a pick-me-up? A cup of French Vanilla Coffee will bring renewed energy.

  • 1/3 c. instant coffee
  • 1 c. instant skim milk powder
  • 1/2 c. powdered nondairy coffee creamer
  • 1/3 c. white sugar
  • 1/4 c. French vanilla instant pudding mix

Mix Directions:

  1. Add the ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until thoroughly mixed and you have a smooth powder.
  2. Store mixture in an airtight, pint-size container. Decorate container as desired.

Serving Directions: For each serving, place ¾ cup of boiling water in a mug and stir in 2 heaping teaspoons of mix.

Makes 16 servings. Per serving: 50 calories, 1 g fat, 2 g protein, 10 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber and 65 mg sodium

Mint Candy Coffee Mix

Chocolate, mints and coffee – perfect! And all you have to do is add boiling water for a delicious hot beverage.

  • 1/3 c. instant coffee
  • 1 c. instant skim milk powder
  • 1/2 c. powdered nondairy coffee creamer
  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c. instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 6 to 8 red and white striped candy mints, crushed

Mix Directions:

  1. Add the ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until thoroughly mixed and you have a smooth powder.
  2. Store mixture in an airtight, quart-sized container. Decorate container as desired.

Serving Directions: For each serving, place ¾ cup boiling water in a mug and stir in 3 tablespoons of mix.

Makes nine servings. Per serving: 110 calories, 1.5 g fat, 3 g protein, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber and 120 mg sodium