Homemade Food Gift: Candy Cane Hot Chocolate
Yesterday I gave you, my readers, a little holiday gift: My adorable Christmas Cookie Gift Tags. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, click here and go get them. If you’ve already gone to get them you should go again because I’ve added some Coordinating Recipe Tags with more space so that you can write a personal note or instructions to attach to a homemade food gift. For example, with today’s Candy Cane Hot Chocolate you could write:
Combine 2 tablespoons of the Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Powder with 8 oz. hot milk. Stir until dissolved. Sip and know how grateful we were to be invited to your party.
So all you need now is a great gift to go with the great tags. How about that Candy Cane Hot Chocolate I mentioned? It is deliciously exactly what it sounds like: Crushed up candy canes mixed with hot chocolate powder.
The Candy Cane Hot Chocolate looks really pretty in a jar and tastes like Christmas when mixed with hot milk or hot water in a mug, making it the ultimate homemade food gift.
I’ve mixed up a big batch and am planning to take a little jar of this flavored hot chocolate powder with me as a hostess gift to any parties that we’re lucky enough to be invited to.
Note though that the “big batch” I made has been reduced by quite a bit since The Hubs has a particular fondness for mint and chocolate together. I guess I’ll be making another batch soon! At least it’s easy to make.
- 1 cup hot chocolate powder (such as Ovaltine brand)
- a small jar
- 3 ounces of peppermint candy (that’s about 6 regular-sized candy canes)
- a large heavy duty plastic zipper bag (like ziplock)
- a gift tag
- a ribbon
- Measure the hot chocolate powder into a small jar. Set aside.
- Put the peppermint candies into a large ziplock bag. Seal the bag. Smash the candy through the bag using a rolling pin or a heavy bottomed skillet. Keep smashing until a lot of the candy is powder but there are still some bigger pieces with the identifiable red and white swirl (these are just so that the powder in the jar looks pretty. Don’t worry – they will dissolve in hot liquid rapidly enough as long as there aren’t too many big pieces).
- Pour the crushed candy into the jar. Put the lid on the jar and shake it once or twice.
- Write out your gift tag and string it onto the ribbon. Tie the ribbon around the jar. Give to someone as a token of thanks for being warm and kind enough to invite you into their home.