Ok, both of these gift ideas use chocolate, but I figure that most people love chocolate, so what better gift to give!
In keeping with the DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte, I wanted to make a DIY Peppermint Mocha (that’s always one of my favorites!).
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract*
- 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.
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder*
- 1/8 teaspoon ancho chile powder
- 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 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.
Here’s another great DIY gift idea! Almond Butter Granola Bars from The Chef Next Door. Wrap them up in pretty paper and you have a nice healthy gift!