Both of these gift ideas use chocolate! And, I figure that most people love chocolate, so what better gift to give! Wrap them up in jars with tight-fitting lids and pretty ribbons! People will LOVE you and your chocolate gifts!
In keeping with the DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte, I wanted to make a DIY Peppermint Mocha (that’s always one of my favorites!). And a lovely Peppermint Mocha is such a great way to start the day no matter what time of year!
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Whisk together all ingredients except peppermint extract, and pour into a small saucepan. Heat mixture over medium heat until small bubbles form on the outside edges of the pan (scalding). Remove from heat and add peppermint extract.
Add creamer to your morning coffee. And, for those who don’t drink coffee, or for your kids, try this as is... a nice peppermint hot chocolate.
Creamer should be stored in the refrigerator. You’ll need to give it a stir when you’re ready to use it again.
*Cook's notes: If you'd like more peppermint flavor, try adding a few drops more of the peppermint extract, but the peppermint can quickly overpower, so be careful. Or, if you want to try an almond mocha, replace the peppermint extract with 1 teaspoon almond extract.
Mix all ingredients in a small jar. Put a pretty ribbon on the jar and tie up with a cinnamon stick and the instructions.
To use: Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons powder into 1 cup hot milk, water, or coffee. Enjoy.
Cook's notes: most well-stocked grocery stores will carry these spices. Chili powder may be substituted for the ancho powder and/or the chipotle powder. If you prefer, the chili powders may be left out.
The nutrition analysis below is for the whole batch, dry.
A pretty ribbon, a cute jar, a cinnamon stick, some instructions, that’s all you need to give this fun D.I.Y. gift