Hot Polka Dot
4Dec/12

How To Tuesday: The Gift.

I am a gifted gifter. I'm not the type of person that asks what you want for Christmas. I'm the type of person that, through my powers of deduction and reasoning, I figure out exactly what you want. I daresay I know what you want better than you do.

I live for that warm smile that spreads over a person's face when they rip that pretty paper open to catch a glimpse of that perfect gift hidden inside. It might not be expensive, or big, or hard to come by, just exactly what they wanted. A wrinkle at the corners of the eyes, a tug at the corners of the mouth. That contagious warmth that began in the first hint of their smile spreads to your heart and keeps you cozy all day.

Some of the best gifts are the unexpected ones. For that kind neighbour that collected your mail while you were away, for that teacher that helped your daughter master the saxophone, for that little boy who shovelled your walkway. Just a little something to say thank you at a time when everyone should be thankful for those around us that do things without expecting a reward.

I think DIY gifts are extra thoughtful and special. Just because it didn't break the bank doesn't mean that you didn't make it with love. Just the fact that you made it with your hands says more than most expensive gifts could.

What better gift to give this holiday season than hot chocolate mix? Show someone how much they warm your heart by warming their belly!

You will need...

2 ounce preserve jars
Measuring spoons
Funnel
Cocoa powder
Granulated sugar
Peppermint candy canes, crushed
Mini marshmallows
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Using the funnel pour 1 tbsp granulated sugar into each jar. Follow it with 1 generous tbsp cocoa powder. Next add 1 tbsp crushed candy cane. Top it off the rest of the way with mini marshmallows. For best results, level each layer carefully before adding the next.

To prepare your Peppermint Hot Chocolate, add the individual mix to a mug of hot milk and stir it until the cocoa isn't lumpy and the crushed candy cane has melted. To avoid spills and get a smooth drink, pour half the hot milk into the mug and stir in the mix then, once it's incorporated, add the rest of the milk. Enjoy!













































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  1. Mmmm…Sounds good! Pretty too! Thank you!

  2. I think this is a great idea for a gift. My youngest daughter and both of my nephews love hot chocolate. They would really enjoy fixing this gift for others and love to receive this as a gift.

  3. I just love stuff in jars. :) If I may, I’d like to invite you to submit your photos to the new YumGoggle, a photo sharing site with the philosophy that if you worked hard to cook it and photograph it, we should show it off! Hope to see you there soon!
    http://www.yumgoggle.com/gallery/

  4. Your idea for DIY gifts to say “thank you” once in while is great! Loved it! :)

  5. These are so cute! Where did you get the preserve jars?

  6. Such a cute idea! Two quick questions… how much hot milk do you need & where did you get the adorable jars?


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