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Hot Cocoa Cone Gifts

20 Dec

Hot Cocoa Cone Gifts

 

Last year, I had found and  bought some cute hot cocoa gifts for the staff at my older daughter’s school.  After buying them, I figured I could make them the next year….as if I’m not busy enough with everything I do!  But, I did find time to make them, and they turned out pretty well!  Not professional by any means, but still made with love!

What you need:

12-inch cake decorating bags (I bought Wilton disposable bags, which do have their label on the bag, but I turned it towards the back)
Cocoa mix (I bought 2 large cans of Swiss Miss)
Marshmallows
Plastic wrap
Candy Canes
Large Dining Spoons
Twist ties
Curling ribbon
Heat sealer (optional)
Stickers for decorating
Labels

How to make it:

Open bag and add cocoa.  For the Swiss Miss I bought, it is 3 tablespoons cocoa plus 8 ounces water for 1 serving of hot cocoa.  I put in enough for 4 servings, so 12 tablespoons, which is 3/4 cup.

Put a handful of marshmallows in a piece of plastic wrap and wrap into a ball.  Add at top of cocoa in the bag.

If desired, use a heat sealer to seal the top of the bag.  I used my FoodSaver for this.  If you don’t have a heat sealer, use a twist tie to gather the top and put it on tight.  After heat sealing, I did still use a twist tie to gather the top and keep it together.

Next, use curling ribbon to tie a spoon and candy cane to the top.  This also adds some decoration.

Use stickers to decorate and add a label with the instructions for the servings.  Mine said “Mix 3 Tbsp cocoa mix with 8 oz hot water.  Makes approx 4 servings hot cocoa.”

Cherry Cocoa Freeze

16 Dec

Cheery Cocoa Freeze

My older daughter received a Disney Princess Cupcakes & More cookbook from a family member recently, I think for her birthday or maybe even Christmas last year.  We haven’t used it yet, but she found it today and wanted to try something.  Since we already had started making mini muffins from a pouch mix, we turned to the drinks section and came across a Raspberry Cocoa Freeze.  I had everything except raspberries, but I do have plenty of frozen cherries, so we decided to use those instead.  Because who doesn’t like chocolate covered cherries, right?  Turns out the cherries were great in this drink and my daughter declared it the best day ever because we made mini muffins and a yummy, frozen drink!  I’m glad she’s still so easy to please (well, most days at least!).

Cherry Cocoa Freeze

What you need:

1 1/2 cups frozen cherries
2/3 cup milk
1 cup vanilla ice cream
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

How to make it:

Place cherries and milk in blender, and blend until smooth.  Add ice cream and cocoa, and again blend until smooth.

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