Our Amazing Photo-Fuel (aka Hot Cocoa) Recipe

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A sip of hot chocolatey goodness from a lens mug always gets us in the photo making mood.

Please enjoy our favorite recipe, with tonso options for customization, passed down from the collective wisdom of our mothers’ mothers, the internet, and our insatiable appetite for all chocolate. All of it.


3/4 Cup Water
4 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
3 Cups of Milk (don’t be afraid to go whole)
3/4 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
3 Tablespoons of Sugar
Whipped Cream for on top (non-negotiable)
Mix-ins (see below)
Toppings (see below)

A Lens Mug from the Photojojo Shop! (optional)

How To:

  • Get that water simmering in a pot on the stove.
  • Whisk in the cocoa powder until it is lump-free.
  • Add the milk, and wait for it to simmer again.
  • Whisk in the chocolate chips and sugar, until it is all melted.
  • Maybe add a mix-in, definitely top with whipped cream, and try not to eat all the marshmallows before the hot cocoa is ready to drink.

Mix-ins. Try one at a time.

– A spoonful of peanut butter
– A dash of cayenne pepper
– A dash of cinnamon
– A bit of vanilla extract
– A splash of crème de menthe (not too much, it’s sooo minty)
– Left over coffee that’s still in the coffee maker from this morning
– Maple syrup
– A spoonful of strawberry or raspberry jelly

TOPPINGS! These are very important (maybe our favorite part). Add as many of these as you possibly can.

– Mini chocolate chips
– Sprinkles
– Marshmallows
– Crumbled up graham cracker
– Mini m&ms
– A dusting of cinnamon
– Edible gold flakes
– Crunched up Oreos

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You love love, and you love it big time. So, go BIG this Valentine’s Day.

Print up a 3 foot x 4 foot Engineer Print to show your love BIG time.

Read along to see three fun ways to spread the love to friends, crushes and soulmates using photos!


1. Mailbox Surprise

Just fold up your Engineer Print, pop it in an envelope and mail it to your long-distance love.

Parabo Press’s EPs (as the cool kids call ‘em) are printed on extra thin paper, perfect for easy hanging and mailing too!

Yeah, your print will get creases in it, but we just love the idea of your giftee unfolding and unfolding and unfolding to reveal the biggest Valentine they’ve ever received.


2. Pin the Heart on the Babe

We may have spent a bit extra time on this part of the photoshoot in the Photojojo Office … this game is serious fun! Everyone gave it a go.

Print up a photo of your favorite heartthrob, cut out some hearts, procure a blindfold, give the first contestant a good spin, and watch them just try to find their way to that cutie’s heart.

It’s the perfect pastime for a Galentine’s Party or a cozy night in – just you, mood music, a box of chocolates and an EP of Michael B. Jordan.


3. Surprise! I love you!

Engineer Prints (available in color and B&W) are the perfect width to tape in your
standard door.

Tape your face looking into a room with an inward opening door to give your favorite someone a BIG surprise.

Just make sure your intended recipient is in the room when you stick up that print.



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Three Lovely Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Using Photos

We get it. You need the perfect costume idea.

Whelp, if you like snapping photos and having fun (you sound like our favorite kind of person) look no further!

Check out four easy costume ideas that’ll get you all the best candy (full size only).

Inspector Gadget

Fill a trench coat with gizmos and give your friends a fright followed by relief when they realize you did not dress as a streaker.



Hang the Photo Rope from your neck and use magnets to hang your favorite photos. You’re everyone’s favorite stream of photos. *Liked*


  • A Black Outfit
  • Photo Rope
  • Square Prints (get ‘em free from Parabo Press)

A Beautiful Unicorn

Throw magical colorful clouds around, wherever you go! The more color you fling the more colorful your costume will become.


A Real-Live Photo Booth

Document your favorite costumes and hand out prints as you go. You can even charge your pals for print … just like a real photo booth.


Do you have a super photo-related costume idea? Tell us over on Instagram – we’re @photojojo. Or, show us with #photojojo.

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