Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix and Homemade Food Gifts

A tasty treat plus thoughtful wrapping and you have a gift that may end up being the most memorable of the year. Here are a few ideas for edible gifts and a recipe for homemade hot chocolate mix. May your holiday season be merry – and delicious!

Homemade Blackberry-Apple Quick Jam from EvinOK (that’s me!) This was one of the recipes that was featured in the award-winning Goodall’s Modern Irish Cookbook.

Beetroot Fudge by FQchefess Kate Lawlor which she shared with us here at EvinOK. This was one of her recipes for the Goodall’s Modern Irish Cookbook.

Caramel Lollipops from Apartment Therapy The Kitchn look like a lovely present for an office or school class. Cover each with food-grade plastic wrap or buy little plastic pouch/sleeves and tie with a ribbon around the lolly neck.

Martha Stewart Living has so many amazing edible gift ideas. Makes me wish I was on Martha’s Christmas list!

Brown Eyed Baker offers up her simple recipe for Peppermint Bark. Layer in a tin or jar and tie with a red and brown ribbon.

Homemade Christmas Gifts in a Jar, including pretzels and innovative edible goodies from Good Housekeeping.

Williams Sonoma Chocolate Truffle Bread is made and photographed in What Katie Ate. Wrap in parchment paper then a layer of red tissue paper and tie with a silver or gold ribbon for a gift that is as much a feast for the eyes as for the stomach.

Just Deanna lists simple but brilliant homemade edible gifts.

Chocolate Chip Cookies wrapped in a colorful tin or carefully folded within a layer of waxed or parchment paper and bundled with a candy cane striped ribbon.

Homemade Soft Pretzels are one of my favorite things. Probably those four years in Philly that brainwashed me to love that squishy salty treat. I chose this recipe because it was posted by a fellow food blogger who is also a girl named Evan (different spelling than my name, but still so cool).

Zakka Life boasts the Best Biscotti Recipe. Seems like she’s just asking us to verify that it’s really the best so might as well head to the kitchen now and get baking. A bag of homemade biscotti would be lovely when given with a bag of fragrant Kenyan coffee.

Homemade Granola from Lily Quan in her piece on Suite101

In my college days, I gave Mason jars of hot chocolate mix and it was insanely easy to make and everyone loved it. For added charm, get an inexpensive tablespoon with a hole in it and tie it to the lid with a coordinating ribbon. Pair with a mug for an ideal office gift exchange present or teacher gift.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

3 parts cocoa powder

1 part powdered milk (can be flavored or plain)

1 part instant decaffeinated coffee granules

1. Measure out ingredients in the proportions that work for the container you are using. A glass jar is recommended.

2. Sift all ingredients together then carefully transfer into jar.

3. Top jar with a square of fabric around the lid. Label with directions for use:

To enjoy this chocolate treat, mix 2 tablespoons with 6-8 ounces very warm milk. Top with chocolate shavings or marshmallows.

If you want to make the gift a bit more complete, include a bag of biscoti or marshmallows. Keep in mind, some marshmallows contain animal products as part of the gelatin so that add-on may not be suitable for vegetarians. If you aren’t sure if it’ll be sweet enough (I like mine cocoa-rich), follow the instructions over at Little Birdie Secrets.

Delicate China Cup, Big Hot Chocolate

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