While searching for gift ideas to give to the kids’ teachers (music, French, etc) this holiday, we came across a couple of simple beauties and decided to combine them.
First, who doesn’t love hot cocoa? Make some from scratch following this easy recipe (scroll to the bottom of her post). She’s even got links in her post to make your own marshmallows if you are up to the task. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks easy, given the right supplies.
In essence, her recipe makes enough cocoa mix to nicely fill one gift-sized ziplock (fancy ones with holiday prints or use regular sandwich or snack sized ziplock bags) :
Hot Cocoa Recipe by http://wholelifestylenutrition.com
1 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
6 oz per cup milk of choice
Combine sugar and cocoa powder in a pint size mason jar.
Place the lid on and shake until well combined.
On the stove top, warm 6 oz of milk to desired temperature. Do not boil the milk.
Once warm, stir in 2 tbsp of hot cocoa mix per 6 ounces of milk and stir until dissolved. So if you are making 2 cups you would add 12 oz of milk and 4 tbsp of the hot cocoa mix.
Pour into mug and add marshmallows or fresh whipped cream.
Store leftover hot cocoa mix in the pantry.
Second, I remembered the time my amazing aunt made spoons dipped in chocolate for stirring your hot cocoa or coffee with. What a great idea. That was a loooong time ago, that memory, so I Googled how to do it. Turns out, it’s pretty easy. I found lovely spoons at the thrift store – I would not recommend plastic as these will be soaking in hot beverages.
1.Melt approx 1/4 cup chocolate chips over medium heat.
2.Coat your spoons in chocolate and set on wax paper.
3.Sprinkle with crushed candy cane and let cool.
4.Wrap in cellophane and tie with a ribbon.
Third, If you happen to have some peppermint lip balm (see our lemon cinnamon lip balm recipe, but use peppermint essential oil instead – maybe start with 10 drops and go from there). You, or your kids, can decorate some sticky labels (cut to size) to place on the lip balm tubes. Let people know it’s handmade, and it’s always nice to list the ingredients.
Last, place your bag of cocoa mix, a card with the Hot Cocoa instructions on it (don’t forget that), a bag of mini marshmallows, your chocolate coated spoon, a few mini candy canes, and your peppermint lip balm in a nice wide holiday mug. We put a little decorative moss on the bottom to help prop the goods up a bit, but you can add crumpled paper, or nothing at all. Wrap the entire thing in a nice holiday cellophane bag and adorn with a sparkly bow or ribbon.