DIY Stocking Stuffer: Mini Hot Chocolate Jars Three Ways
I'm not the craftiest member of the HGTV.com team when it comes to homemade gifts, but boy do I love to prepare food and beverages for my loved ones. One year my mother-in-law gave me a can of hot chocolate mix made from real chocolate shavings, and I've never looked back to powdered drink mix. Making your own to give away is so easy, and the recipe is flexible to suit the taste of your gift recipient. Here's how:
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The final ingredients in the jar get whisked into a cup of hot milk for near-instant chocolatey goodness that will warm anyone's belly and soul. Read on for three different hot chocolate recipes and instructions on how to assemble your jars.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- 3/4 oz. milk chocolate
- 1/2 oz. dark chocolate
- 2 mini candy canes
- mini marshmallows to fill top of jar (about 1/4 cup)
- 4 oz. mason-style jelly jar
- ribbon, greenery or other garnishes
- gift tag
Coarsely chop chocolate and crush candy canes with a sharp chef's knife. Chopped chunks of chocolate should be about the size of small peas to keep the chocolate from melting before the desired time.
Fill Jelly Jar
Scoop all of the chocolate and candy canes together and place in jelly jar. Fill in any leftover space at the top of the jar with as many mini marshmallows as will fit.
Tie Ribbon on Jar
Place just the lid without the band on the top of the jar. Set the jar on top of a long strand of ribbon or twine and tie a loose knot around the top of the jar.
Add Band and Tie Bow
Slide the tails of the ribbon through the center of the jar's band. Rest the band around the lip of the jar while tightening the previously tied knot. Twist the band around the jar lip to secure the lid and ribbon to the jar.
Slide a gift tag with punched hole onto one ribbon tail and tie ribbon in a bow. Garnish with mini candy cane, greenery or other seasonal adornments. Tip: Write instructions for whisking jar ingredients with 1 cup of warmed milk on the back of the gift tag before tying it to ribbon.
Aztec Hot Chocolate
- 3/4 oz. dark chocolate
- 1/2 oz. milk chocolate
- cinnamon stick for garnish
Chop chocolate. Fill jelly jar by spooning in cinnamon and chili powder and layering chopped chocolate on top. Top with mini marshmallows. Add lid, ribbon, band and gift tag and garnish with cinnamon sticks.
Boozy White Chocolate
- 1 1/4 oz. white chocolate
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. orange zest
- mini bottle of hazelnut liqueur
Chop chocolate and zest orange. Fill jelly jar by spooning in orange zest and nutmeg and layering chopped chocolate on top. Tie mini bottle of hazelnut liqueur to jar with ribbon and place lid on top of jar. Tighten band onto jar so that it grips upper part of ribbon, securing it to the jar. Tie ribbon in a bow and add gift tag.
Cookie Cutter Peppermint Fudge
Cookie cutters aren't just great for baking, they also make cute containers for decadent fudge you can gift to friends, coworkers, neighbors or any sweet-tooth on your holiday gift list. Get the recipe.
Christmas Ornament Cookie Pops
Festive and oh-so-tasty, these colorful ornament cookie pops are almost too pretty to eat -- almost! But, with a gooey chocolatey filling, we bet you'll want to give eating them a try. Get the recipe.
Greeting Card Cookie
Homemade chocolate chip cookies are always a favorite goodie. Embellish CD tins with our free printable templates to turn this tasty treat into a clever holiday card. Get the recipe.
Cranberry Pistachio Sablés
French for sand, sablé cookies are essentially shortbread with a signature toothy texture. This version ups the ante of a classically delicious shortbread with the addition of chewy cranberries and crunchy pistachios and the perfect balance of salty and sweet. Get the recipe.
Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Crispies
A year-round favorite treat gets a delicious update for the holidays. Add the flavors of chocolate and peppermint to crisp rice treats before packaging them as homemade gifts for family and friends. Get the recipe.
Hazelnut Hot Cocoa
Chocolatey hot cocoa knocks the chill off even the coldest of winter days. Share the warmth this holiday season by packaging the rich ingredients in a canning jar so the recipient can whip one up whenever they need a warm and creamy pick-me-up. Get the recipe.
Holiday Breakfast Kit
The holidays are a harried, stressful time for most of us. Give a friend a (delicious!) reason to relax with a cup of coffee or tea before hitting the malls for another marathon shopping day by boxing up homemade cinnamon biscuits and a flavorful spread. Get the recipe.
Fluffy white chocolate mousse layered between light-as-air homemade meringues give this gorgeous dessert a dreamy texture. Hand-deliver this impressive treat to wow the foodies on your gift list. Get the recipe.
Coffee and Caramel Pep-Corn
Give crunchy, sweet caramel corn a flavorful kick with the addition of espresso. Package the "pep-corn" in tubes covered with our free printable template for a one-of-a-kind homemade gift. Get the recipe.
Maple Nut Toffee
Take the traditional taste of toffee up a notch with the addition of real maple syrup. Topped with a layer of semisweet chocolate, this toffee is so irresistible that you'll want to box it up as gifts quickly before you're tempted to keep it all for yourself. Get the recipe.
Tangy Citrus Marmalade
Marmalade is surprisingly simple to make and, canned in pretty jars, it's a holiday gift they'll enjoy for many months to come. Pair your homemade marmalade with a basket of freshly baked croissants or scones for a treat they'll never forget. Get the recipe.
Lemon-Filled Honey Shortbread
Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies
For many people, classic oatmeal cookies are a nostalgic treat. For holiday gift-giving, try our recipe for a thick, hearty cookie that pairs the clean taste of citrus with chewy dried cranberries. Get the recipe.
Chocolate-Dipped Kettle Chips
Coat super-crunchy, salty kettle-fried potato chips with semisweet chocolate and a thin layer of caramel and chopped nuts to create a sweet-meets-salty snack that satisfies all your cravings at once. Get the recipe.
Coconut Hot Chocolate Spoons
Gift friends with a colorful coffee mug and silver teaspoon they just swirl in hot milk to create a delicious homemade hot chocolate. Our free printable tag adds the perfect finishing touch. Get the recipe.
Make Fruit-Infused Gin or Vodka
Add ripe fruit to gin or vodka and allow the fruit to infuse the alcohol with its sweet, mellow flavor. Poured into a decorative bottle, this delicious concoction is perfect for holiday entertaining or gift-giving. Get the recipe.
Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies
Mincemeat -- which, don't worry, doesn't actually contain meat -- is a centuries-old holiday favorite. Made with a variety of diced fruits, the flavor is complex and spicy. Surrounded by a rich, crumbly cookie, these little goodies are a perfectly balanced, not-too-sweet treat. Get the recipe.
Pear and Fig Tart in a Jar
These fruit-and-cream tarts are simple enough for novice chefs to make, thanks to a pie crust shortcut. Individually portioned in clear glass jars, they're just the right size for holiday gift-giving. Get the recipe.
Friends and family will flip for these crunchy, chocolatey cookies filled with rich mascarpone cream and then rolled in mini chocolate chips. The mascarpone cheese makes these cookies unsuitable for shipping; they're best for treating guests in your home or for local delivery. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Stout Pudding
Featuring the rich, complex flavors of Ireland's favorite brew, fill lidded jars with this thick and creamy chocolate dessert to treat friends who enjoy a good pint. Get the recipe.
Preserve the tastes of summer by pickling fresh garden veggies in homemade spiced pickling vinegar. Top jars with colorful fabric or paint the lids with chalkboard paint and scribble on a holiday message. Get the recipe.
Tasty Pecan Tassies
These tart-like goodies are the perfect mix of nuts and cookies. Make this traditional holiday treat with real maple syrup; friends and family will love the homey taste. Get the recipe.
Creatively package scratch-made marshmallows, cookies and chocolate with handmade skewers in a campfire-ready tin. Outdoorsy types will be sure to thank you when they're enjoying hot, gooey s'mores. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Yule Log
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Herbal Tea Bags
Whether you grow your own herbs or buy them at a farmers' market, these handmade tea sachets are an easy and thoughtful way to treat the tea lovers on your gift list to a hot cuppa. Get the recipe.
Mulled Wine Kit
Red wine that has been heated, or mulled, and flavored with spices is a centuries-old Christmas drink. Tie a spice-filled sachet and instructions onto a bottle to give to your favorite host or hostess. Get the recipe.