So, needless to say, I didn't get all my christmas presents done before christmas.
Case in point, this basket:
I wanted to give as many consumable gifts as I could this year. I wanted to make things people could enjoy and use up, instead of things that could clutter their lives or be unuseful (if that's even a word).
So, I found a basket (which could be re-used) and filled it with delicious homemade snack! I made Peppermint Bark, Spicy Almonds, Smokey Cashews and Dark Chocolate Chunk Hot Cocoa Mix. And I gave the Christmas present in the middle of January.
Hopefully the goodies will all be enjoyed and consumed :)
And I think, from now on, I'm going to concentrate on doing Valentine's presents instead of Christmas presents.
Here's the recipe for the Hot Cocoa mix, which I found in the December 09 issue of Real Simple Magazine.
Chocolate Chunk Hot Cocoa MixMakes: 1 gift (4 cups in all)
- 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (2 cups)
- ¾ cup sugar (3/4 cup)
- 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate (8 oz)
In a bowl, combine the cocoa, sugar, and chocolate. Store in an airtight container. Keep at room temperature for up to 4 months.
How to Package Your Gift
- Transfer the cocoa mix to a resealable airtight container. (I used a canning jar)
- Handwrite or download the following instructions on a gift tag or label to include with your gift: “In a small saucepan, whisk ¼ cup cocoa mix with ¾ cup milk. Bring to a bare simmer. Serves 1.”
- Tie a ribbon around the container, looping it through a measuring scoop (I skipped this) and the gift tag with the instructions.