One thing about mixes is to really pack the ingredients in. Use a tamper, if you have one...except for the dried cherries and chocolate.
You can also substitute dried blueberries or other berries for cherries. I thought Cherries would be great for the Holiday because of their red color.
Chocolate Cherry Pancakes in a Jar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried cherries
2/3 cup dark chocolate chopped into chip size
Layer flour, then sugar, then the baking powder mixed with baking soda and salt in a 1-quart wide-mouth jar. Add cherries, then chocolate. Seal Jar. Cover jar with burlap or other fabric and tie with raffia or a bow. Attach gift tag with the following instructions:
Chocolate Cherry Pancakes
Makes 25 pancakes
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup sweet butter, melted
Contents of Jar of "Chocolate Cherry Pancakes"
1-1/2 to 2 cups whole milk
Mix eggs and melted butter in large bowl. Add contents of jar. Stir until well blended. Add 1-1/2 cups milk. Stir until dry ingredients are moistened.
Heat griddle or skillet. Pour batter onto hot griddle 1/4 cup at a time. Cook pancakes until golden on both sides.