Friday, December 17, 2010

The Gift Of Peppermint Hot Chocolate...


Every October when it starts to get cold outside, I make our family a big batch of "homemade" Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Or maybe I should call it, semi-homemade, because all of the ingredients are readily available and take minimal effort to put together. But combined, they create a cup of yummy, warm, chocolatey deliciousness!


I simply combine regular and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and peppermints (or candy canes) that I unwrap, put into a big zip-lock bag and crush with the flat side of our metal meat tenderizer. Unwrapping all of the peppermints is the most time consuming step of this whole process, so if you have time for that, then you're good to go!

There isn't much of a recipe to follow here. You just want to make sure that you have enough peppermint and chocolate chips in there that you get a good amount in every scoop...

I put it all in the jar and then add powdered hot chocolate mix. Nothing fancy or gourmet necessary. When you mix it all with hot water or warm milk, the chocolate chips and marshmallows melt to make a rich taste, and the peppermint adds the perfect hit of flavor...

When it's all mixed and ready to enjoy, just make it the same way that you make instant hot cocoa. Fill the mug up 1/4 to 1/2 way with the mix (depending on what your sweet tooth prefers) and then fill the mug with boiling water or warm milk. Stir until all of the marshmallows and chocolate chips are melted. When you get to the bottom of the mug, you'll be left with some chunks of melting peppermint - my kids' favorite part!



I made a big jar for my best friend and her family this year, tied it with a bright red ribbon and hung a few jingle bells on it...



And this year, the kids and I decided that this would make the perfect gift for our teacher's and their families over Winter Break and all season long...


For a prettier presentation, I added more crushed peppermint and chocolate chips on top...


I love how it looks when you open the jar!


My kids are obsessed with this hot chocolate, and if I am being totally honest,
so am I!


*For the adults, a dash of Amaretto is really yummy, and Peppermint Schnapps does the trick as well!*


The kids delivered the gifts to their teacher's yesterday and I am told that they received rave reviews. Hopefully, along with their families, they enjoyed a cup last night!


This also makes a wonderful gift for friends and neighbors, as a hostess gift, and even as a gift from your child to their friends.

Easy, inexpensive, and so, so yummy!


~ Enjoy ~




P.S. I bought the jars at Fred Meyer, but I know that Target sells them as well. I was able to buy them for $5 a piece, on sale. Not bad, if you ask me!

:)

P.S.S. I am posting this at:
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20 comments:

pk @ Room Remix said...

What a great gift idea (chocolate is always a good idea in my book :-)). It looks so pretty too. I'm going to link to this on my facebook page.

Have a great weekend...

Karen said...

What a lovely idea! I love how the mini choco chips and peppermint candies look on top!

michelle said...

What a great idea to put the chips and peppermint in a jar like that!! I love peppermint schnapps in mine as well! ;)

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

We've received versions of this from neighbors during the holiday! Love it!
Janell

Diane at Perfectly Imperfect Life said...

Thank you so much! We realized last night that we hadn't done presents for the teachers. I was trying to figure out what I could do today before schools out.

Now I know!

Amanda said...

Thats a wonderful gift idea! I'm sure that the teachers will greatly appreciate something so thoughtful...not just another box of cookies. I'll have to give this a try over the holidays when the whole family is around.

P.S. - My personal favorite addition to hot chocolate is a few splashes of Bailey's...for kick ;)

hometown girl said...

what darling gifts! i love the jars too!! susan

Summer said...

What a great idea and super awesome gift!

Pamela said...

They look so cool all lined up together. I've never seen it with crushed pepperment. Awesome gift.

Rachelle said...

So pretty! And, they sound delish.. I have a few gifts to make still and this might just have to be added to the list. :)

xo

camdesign said...

I love this idea, I'm off to ikea today, going to see if I can find a container to make this...
Happy Holidays, Regards, CarolAnn

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Perfect timing! I just packaged some cocoa in a vintage peppermint tin for my friend's red n white themed gift basket - your topings will really make it even more special. Thank you!!! Love your blog and can't wait to go explore more.
EnJoy your Christmas,
Leslie

Elyse said...

delish! and now i have an excuse to buy these jars that i have been 'visiting' at target. :)

warmest wishes for a cozy, happy and healthy holiday from my cottage to yours ~

xo
elyse

Bella's Bowtique said...

LOVE THIS!!!! Ohmigosh. I'm linking on my Facebook. I might give this a try. You are so talented. Simply adorable.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Yummy--what a fun gift!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Yummy--what a fun gift!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

So yummy...I must give this a try! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Blessings,
Linda

Heather said...

Great presentation, those big glass jars are perfect. Consumable gifts are my favorite, thanks for sharing!

Lori E said...

This is just the thing I need for some "extra" gifts. Fabulous idea.

Abramyan Avenue said...

What a perfect gift for the winter season! I know I would love to be given this as a gift!!