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Delicious Homemade Gifts for the Holidays

by Kim Conte on December 10, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Homemade treats gifted in festive boxes, vintage tins, or pretty jars are a delicious idea for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list. Check out Cooking Cafe for spice infusions, baked goods, sugar scrubs, and holiday drink mixes including yummy-sounding Mexican hot chocolate...

Do you make homemade gifts?

Homemade Gift: Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix

1/3 cup light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon powdered vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa
2 1/2 cups powdered milk

Combine and blend ingredients in a small bowl. Gift in a glass jar tied with a festive ribbon. Attach the following message to the jar hand-written on a pretty card:

Mexican Hot Chocolate
Serves 6

You will need:

3 cups water
Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix (to taste)
Cinnamon sticks for garnish

Heat the water to boiling and add the Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix. Stir with a whisk until the mixture is smooth. Garnish with cinnamon sticks. For a frothier hot chocolate, mix in a blender. Happy Holidays!

Filed Under: christmas, food, holiday gifts 08, holidays, kid-friendly, recipes, suggestions, trends


  • momma...


    December 11, 2008 at 5:20 AM

    Thank you Kim for including this. Happy Holidays!

    Maria - The Cooking Cafe

  • Peajewel


    December 11, 2008 at 7:42 AM

    Sounds like a great thing to make to include in a gift basket for someone!  Martha Stewarts page has a lot of great ideas for making lip gloss, bath fizzes and other things.  I am also going to check this out.  I have been trying ot make some home made gifts for people this year.  Thanks for the idea!

  • noel24


    December 14, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    I do not know if this is the place to add recipes or not, but for anyone who likes chocolate and pb together this is AMAZINGLY GOOD!  TRULY ADDICTIVE!!!

    8 oz. cream cheese, peanut butter, chocolate creme filled oreos, reeses peanut butter cups, chocolate jello

    Sorry about not having the amouts for everything but after passing out the recpie to family & friends I lost it ! MAKES ME SOO MAD !

    I have this Christmas dinner to go to at my Mom's and I am trying to think of what to bring.... Any suggestions? Maybey a coffee cake or cheesecake?

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