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Here is another cute and easy gift idea that will be perfect for lots of people on your list! Or it may be a fun family night activity with some yummy treats that you can all enjoy together. Either way, this is a must do for the holiday season!
These cute little mugs are filled with a bag of hot chocolate and if you need a delicious hot chocolate recipe then may I recommend my very favorite hot chocolate drink? Since it makes so much it is perfect to make it to give away and keep some for yourself.
The little spoons inside the cups are the fun activity and make great stirring sticks when you’re drinking your cocoa. They look fancy but couldn’t be easier! To make them you’ll need some chocolate chips, plastic spoons, small cellophane bags, a wax paper lined tray, and toppings of your choice- marshmallows, toffee bits, sprinkles, peppermint pieces, Andes candy bits, mini chocolate chips, etc.
You’ll need to melt your chocolate first and here is a great tip on the easiest way to melt your chocolate when baking. Melt it in your crock pot! Put your chocolate chips into jars and place the jars into the crock pot. Fill your crock pot up with warm water until it reaches half way up the jars. *make sure you don’t spill any of the water into the jars. It will seize up the chocolate, harden it, and make it melt. keep the inside of the jars dry!* Turn the crock pot onto high and in about 30 minutes it will be completely melted. Stir occasionally while it is melting.
That may seem like a long time to wait for the chocolate to melt, but since the crock pot is continually keeping the jars warm the chocolate will stay nice and melted through the entire time. No pulling it in and out of the microwave or accidentally burning the chocolate. No re-heating, no clumping chocolate, etc. Once it is all melted you can turn the crock pot to low or warm.
Once your chocolate is ready dip your plastic spoon in until it is nicely coated and allow the excess to drip off.
Lay the spoons down on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and sprinkle the top of the spoon with your toppings. In the baking aisle they have so many “bits” that work great for this project, or you can take almost any candy and crush it into bits yourself.
After you’ve finished all your spoons place the tray into the freezer so the chocolate will completely cool. Once it has hardened you can place the spoons into individual cellophane candy bags and tie them with some ribbon or bakers twine.
If you’re making these just for yourself as a yummy treat to enjoy with your hot chocolate then store them in a cool, dry place until you use them. If you make some to give away then pair with a cute mug and even add in some hot chocolate and you’ll have one happy recipient!