Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Peppermint Hot Chocolate & Mocha Spoons {homemade holiday gift}

One of the best holiday treats is a peppermint mocha. Or peppermint hot chocolate, depending who you talk to. I love when the red holiday cups come out at a certain coffee shop, and I will admit to having already indulged in a peppermint mocha during a hot chocolate date with the girls. But they are very easy and much more natural when made at home. 
The best part is that you can give this special treat as a gift. Wrapped in a plastic treat bag, tied with twine and a label, peppermint hot chocolate spoons make a sweet homemade gift for teachers, coworkers, and friends. I used Sucre Shop's darling wooden spoons

 After chocolate is melted in a double boiler, peppermint extract is stirred in, and the mixture is poured into a small ice cube tray, chocolate mold, or... an ice pop mold? Hey, I had to get resourceful. Sprinkle with crushed candy cane pieces and pop in the fridge to harden. 
Give some away, and keep some for yourself to enjoy with fresh whipped cream after the kids go to bed. 
Click here for your printable labels. Just print, cut out, and sign your name on the back. 

Happy holidays my Yummies! 


Peppermint Chocolate Spoons
print this recipe! 

makes 15

2 cups semisweet (dark or milk are fine too!) chocolate chunks or chips
1 teaspoon peppermint flavor *I recommend Simple Organic Peppermint Flavor available at Whole      
      Foods
1 candy cane, crushed

15 plastic or wooden spoons
15 plastic treat bags (I used Wilton brand from Michael's)
baking twine or ribbon

Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of 1 inch of simmering water. Place the chocolate pieces in the bowl and stir until melted. Remove from heat and stir until smooth. Stir in peppermint flavor. Carefully pour melted chocolate into a small ice cube tray or any other small round or square mold. I used a small ice pop mold and a ceramic egg crate for my molds - you can get creative! Sprinkle melted chocolate with crushed candy cane pieces. Insert spoons. My spoons stood up without falling over. If yours do seem to fall over, wait until your chocolate has stiffened up a little. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until completely hardened. To remove chocolate spoons from the molds, fill a shallow dish or frying pan with hot water. Dip the bottom of the mold in the hot water and the chocolate should release more easily. Place molded chocolate on wax paper. Place back in the refrigerator for a few minutes if chocolate is at all melty - you don't want chocolate on your bag. Place chocolate spoons in the treat bags and tie with twine or ribbon. If using labels, poke a hole in the top of labels and tie onto the twine.

27 comments:

  1. YUM, this looks amazing! A perfect holiday gift, I love it!

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  2. These are so much fun and the spoons are too cute! Love them!

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  3. Great idea Yummy Mummy!

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  4. Great and fun idea, Marina! It is my third year of giving only consumable gifts, and this will be added to my collection. Thanks for sharing! Are you the next Martha?! :)

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  5. I'm dying right now!!!! I must make these asap!!!! And I mean it. I can hardly stand it!!!!

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  6. These are such a fun and festive idea and pretty! I can't wait to try them. Love the spoons! Thank you for sharing all of your fabulous ideas with us, your delicious recipes and gorgeous photography. It's always a treat to pop by your blog.

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  7. This is the cutest homemade gift idea ever, I love it!

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  8. What a cute idea for the holidays, I love this! :)

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  9. Marina,
    What a delicious and fun idea for a little gift. Thanks for this. It looks so yummy, I hope I can make enough!
    Karen

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  10. What a wonderful and cute idea! I love it!!

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  11. These are so adorable....I wouldn't be able to give any of them away! =)

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  12. My daughter loves peppermint and those spoons...delicious looking!!

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  13. Well this is a fun idea and great gift not just for teachers but your manicurist, or even hair stylist. Great idea and so simple. Can't wait to make some just for myself as well.

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  14. There is nothing I love more than DIY holiday gifts! And I love the spoons and printables-it's all about the packaging!

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  15. Your photos always look so beautiful. This is such a cute idea for gifts for the girls at my work. :)

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  16. Wow Marina, this is such a fantastic idea. Beautiful DIY holiday gift. Thank you! :)

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  17. Just made these this afternoon! So super easy, cute, and yummy! My hubby loved it. Can't wait to deliver some to my sons preschool teachers tomorrow. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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    1. Hi Marg, oh my goodness I am so excited it worked out well for you! Thanks for your comment :)

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  18. I do these with plastic spoons and white chocolate.

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  19. These are so cute, and I'm sure they're pretty yummy! Great gift idea. I'd love for you to share them at my Handmade Link party that kicked off today.

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  20. What a great idea! Now I want hot cocoa...

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  21. This is so sweet. And looks so yummy :) Okay...what are your photography secrets?! I'm desperately trying to get better at my photography (just for merely blogging purposes, not for a profession!) hehe. Your photos make me drool :)

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    1. aw thanks... I'm clearly having fun with my twinkle lights in the background!

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  22. Thanks for the idea! I used a mini candy cane instead of a spoon. I also cut a marshmallow in half and put the candy cane in it, then dunked it into the chocolate in the ice cube tray. Just dropped some off at the neighbors - hope they are good!

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