Christmas in a Jar: Hot Chocolate Three Ways

Christmas in a Jar: Hot Chocolate Three Ways

Time for another Christmas in a Jar post! This one is a goodie (not just because it has mini marshmallows…)

This gift in a jar is for the sweet tooth in the family. It’s homemade hot chocolate powder and mini marshmallows, so all you have to do is add hot milk. Presented in a recycled jar and finished with some festive ribbon. Perfection! You can attach a little label to it too to show the ingredients.

I have three hot chocolate varieties to choose from so you can customise them to suit your friends and family’s tastes: White Chocolate Hot Chocolate, Gingerbread Hot Chocolate and Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate.

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups milk powder
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cornflour
a pinch of salt
1 1/s tsp ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp  ground nutmeg

Sieve all ingredients together and pour into a jar, alongside some mini marshmallows.

To Serve: Add 2-3 heaped tablespoons to one cup of milk. Heat the milk and hand whisk it while heating to break up any lumps. Take off the heat when it is just starting to simmer. 

White Chocolate Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

150 grams white chocolate, finely grated
1 cup milk powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp cornflour

Sieve all ingredients together and pour into a jar, alongside some mini marshmallows.

To Serve: Add 2-3 heaped tablespoons to one cup of milk. Heat the milk and hand whisk it while heating to break up any lumps. Take off the heat when it is just starting to simmer. 

Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups milk powder
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cornflour
a pinch of salt
1 1/s tsp ground chilli
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Sieve all ingredients together and pour into a jar, alongside some mini marshmallows.

To Serve: Add 2-3 heaped tablespoons to one cup of milk. Heat the milk and hand whisk it while heating to break up any lumps. Take off the heat when it is just starting to simmer. 

Christmas in a Jar: Homemade Bath Salts

Christmas in a Jar: Homemade Bath Salts

Is it too early to start talking about Christmas? Maybe but I’m going to do so anyway.

This year I want to make some homemade Christmas presents. We live in such a consumerism orientated world. We have everything we need and then come Christmas we buy each other all sorts of junk that often ends up in the rubbish pile. A few years ago I bought my father in law novelty skull ice cube moulds, because of course, everyone needs those.

To do my bit to step out of this cycle of buying and throwing away, I am making my own presents. I’ve decided to write down a few and share what I am making, starting with this post: Homemade bath salts.

Homemade bath salts

Who doesn’t love a relaxing bath with deliciously scented, soothing water.

Bath salts are ridiculously easy to make and you can make them unique with your own choices of colours and scents. Since it’s Christmas I did a batch of minty candy cane salts, as well as a classic lavender.

Homemade bath salts

It’s a blend of muscle relaxing Epsom salts, cleansing salt, nourishing coconut oil and delicious scents. . Presented in a recycled jam jar, a strip of ribbon and a cute name tag. Voila! A perfect wee gift for your loved ones to enjoy.

Homemade Bath Salts

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Epsom salts
  • 1 cup rock salt or 3/4 cup sea salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1-2 tsp of food colouring (optional)
  • 10-15 drops pure essential oil of your choice

Instructions

  1. In a metal or glass bowl, combine the Epsom salts, salt and baking soda and coconut oil. Stir well to combine.
  2. Add in the food colouring, slowly, mixing after each drop until it is your desired colour.
  3. Add in the essential oil and mix in well, taking care not to spill any pure oil on your skin.
  4. Pour into jars. I layered different colours for a visual effect.
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I’m going to be posting more homemade gifts in the next couple of days. Are you making gifts this year? If so, what are you making?

Happy crafting!

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