How Can I Use Up Excess Hot Cocoa Mix?

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Q: Any suggestions for how to use up hot cocoa mix?

Every year for Christmas my mother-in-law gives me more than I could drink in five years, let alone one, and I hate to see it go to waste.

Sent by Jillian

Editor: Jillian, first of all, we will take this as a good warning not to over-gift people with hot cocoa mix this year! Secondly, what about just serving hot cocoa with a good dose of brandy in it, and with homemade whipped cream, at your next dinner party?

Also, you could try using it in chocolate pudding; just add a little cornstarch and milk. Refer to this recipe.

Readers any other idea? And, while we're at it, any other holiday gifts you need help using up too?

Related: Hot and Milky: Malted Cocoa Mix from Alton Brown

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