When it comes to crafting, there are usually two types of craft (provided they’’re successful): the ones that look pretty and the ones that taste good. (Maybe there are others, but I can’’t think of them right now!) What I can think of though are Autumn days with grey skies, rain and wind, followed by cosy evenings with a woolly blanket and a hot drink.

So, what’’s your hot drink of choice? Well, for me it all depends on the time of the day. In the morning, I need coffee –by the gallon. Later on I might switch to a nice cup of tea (yes, living in this country does that to you after a while) or a comforting hot chocolate. And I like to give the gift of comfort to friends and family. A crafted food gift if you like.

These kind of gifts are generally well received because the recipient knows you’ve put some thought into them, never mind effort. And they contain no chemicals, can be made with “proper” ingredients and no additives. Win-win, don’’t you think?

So, to coincide with the weather turning colder, I thought giving homemade cinnamon hot chocolate as a gift would be a nice idea. If you like the idea too, read on.

 

here's what you'll need...

  • 3 small jars
  • 150g raw, organic cacao
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 pinch salt
  • labels (optional)

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here's how it's done...

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    Cut the vanilla pod open and scrape out the seeds.

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    Put the cacao with the cinnamon, ground cloves and vanilla seeds through a sieve into a bowl.

    Hot Chocolate Step 2

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    Put the icing sugar through the same sieve to add to the cacao mix.

    Hot Chocolate Step 3

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    Now mix all the ingredients until they’’re completely combined. Fill into the jars…

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    Finally, tie a ribbon or twine around them, stick a label or a tag on to create a cute gift idea.

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    This mix works best with hot milk (rather than water) for the richest taste experience! You now have a thoughtful little gift that tastes great and is warming. It doesn’’t get much better, does it?

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By Carole Poirot on 11.11.14

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