1 quart canning jar w/ lid
some sort of suitable tag for instructions
2 cups sugar
1 cup Hershey's cocoa
1 1/3 cups hot water
1/4 teaspoon salf
vanilla extract to taste ( imitation if you like ,but the real stuff is better)
Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in medium saucepan, stir in water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils; boil 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir in. Set aside to cool. When cooled, pour into jar. Tighten the lid and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to give to the recipient.
Next, using the lid as a guide , cut a circle of fabric giving about 2" or so past the lid's edge. Next, take the tag and write the directions on the back as follows: Add as much syrup as you like to hot milk.The more chocolatety the better! On the front of the tag you can add a sticker or whatever you have that looks cute, if you're not using one that is already decorated. I wrote BRR on mine. If you are using a tag without a hole, you'll need to make a small one in the top corner that will hang from the jar. Cut a length of ribbon and thread one end through the hole on the tag. Center the circle of fabric on the top of the jar ,while holding in place , carefully add the ribbon and scoot the tag past where you will be tying the bow and tie in a bow . You're done!
*** As you can probably tell by the picture, I only made half a batch to show you how to make it, and I used a smaller jar . You'll want to make sure that you either make the whole batch or use a jar small enough to use what you are giving. No one wants a half -filled jar. This is a great recipe and can be used all year long. If you want to go a little more elaborate with your gift , you can also give different flavorings along with the syrup such as nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe a litte bag of marshmallows, or some mugs. I think most people in general would be pleased that you took the time to make them something.
Hope you have fun with this one!
'til next time,