I’ve been going through a lot since the beginning of 2016. I’ve had nonstop chronic health problems. I’ve left a career path I thought I’d be in forever to start a new one. Most importantly, in all of the fray, I haven’t taken a lot of time to do things that I love, like making things for people around the holidays.
In December, I got together with a friend of mine (and relative by marriage) and we made some awesome chocolatey things for friends and family. We made chocolate-dipped pretzels, chocolate bark, and vegan hot chocolate mix that recipients could spike with mini liquor bottles.
I’ll share other posts about things we made in the future, but for now, I want to focus on the hot chocolate. This mix was easy and fast to make, and it tasted great! We got the recipe from The Full Helping, but quadrupled it to make tons of gifts I have it doubled here, but portion it out however you think will work best for you!
- 4 cups cocoa powder
- 3 1/2 cups vegan sugar (we used cane sugar)
- Seeds from 2 vanilla beans
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Vegan mini-marshmallows
All you need to do with this recipe is mix everything together except for the mini marshmallows. We used a combination of 16 oz and 8 oz jars. The most important thing to remember is to fill up the jars in 2 tbsp increments. The recipe for gift recipients for hot chocolate is to take 2 tablespoons for every cup of milk (almond, coconut, whatever), mix and heat over the stove. Top with the marshmallows!
When we made the hot chocolate, we added tags with directions, plus small liquor bottles so people could spike if they wanted to. My personal favorite was Dr. McGillicuddy’s. The mint mixed with chocolate made me feel like I was drinking a boozy candy cane.
What homemade gifts do you make during the holidays to knock people’s socks off? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share them. They can appear in a future post!