I needed to get something for the kids that would be there who we don't see very often but I like to buy for. I decided to go with a simple DIY idea, Hot Cocoa. Thanks to Kristen at Popcorn on the Stove for posting about homemade hot chocolate! After taking her inspiration I ran with some new ideas.
First I bought cute holiday mugs at the Michael's after Christmas sale. I forgot to snap a picture before handing them out. But they were a snowman, Santa, and a reindeer with a giant, 3D, red nose. Cute for 3 kids under age 12.
I wanted to make hot cocoa "spoons" to give the kids. The basic process is as follows.
1. Melt Nestle Chocolate Chips in a small mug. A little bit at a time.
2. Dip spoons into chocolate and get a good scoop. I used plastic ones since I was gifting but if you've making for fun to use at home soon, go ahead and use your own spoons.
3. Place on wax paper on a plate or cookie tray.
4. Place in the freezer to harden. Seemed like 5 minutes was a good amount of time.
5. Pull out of the freezer and wrap up. In case you were wondering, no melting of the chocolate occurred then. I suppose if it was particularly hot you might have a problem. I'll let you know if I get any complaints from the gift receivers parents.
To add a little flair to my hot cocoa spoons, I decided to make 5 flavors. They are, in no particular order:
2. Krackle. I got a bag of candies for Christmas and decided to add these to a spoon. Again it was a regular spoon, but with some cut up candy pieces on it.
3. Dark Chocolate. Another candy that was in the pack. Just added dark chocolate pieces to the regular spoon.
5. Caramel. Same as the PB but when I removed from the freezer I poured a little bit of caramel sauce in the middle then covered with more chocolate. (Note: When I was taking these pictures today I noticed the caramel ran out, so make sure it is COMPLETELY covered since the caramel stays smooth out of the fridge.)
Since I made 5 different types. I wrapped up 1 of each together for each kid. I then decided to make a cute little label and directions on how to mix up the hot cocoa. The recipes is also slightly altered from Kristen's because I had to downsize it since she used a whole chocolate bar.
The top lists the flavors and the directions are:
*Add spoon to a cup of warm milk.
*Add in 1/2 tbsp maple syrup and a drop of vanilla.
*Throw in a small pinch of salt. Mix.
*Top with marshmallows! Enjoy!!
Another DIY gift I did this Holiday were babysitting coupons. My cousin and her husband have 2 girls (one of whom is my Goddaughter) just 14 months apart and they both work full time jobs. When I asked her what they (the adults) wanted for Christmas she said, "You can come over here and babysit." PERFECT! I call that a win-win situation.