Mmmm Hot Cocoa. Did you know that there's a National Hot Cocoa Day? AND it's today!?!? That's right, December 13th is the day to celebrate Hot Cocoa. (If you missed it, no worries, I hear January 31st is National Hot Chocolate Day....sooo, just hang in there)
Today we made a fun hot cocoa mix that you can give away on your cookie platter or to a friend or teacher assistant. It would be cute with a gift card attached for a coach or Sunday School teacher, too! A lot of my "kid" crafts are ones that I've done before that I just make a little simpler for my kiddos (or, in this case, our homeschool friends) to do.
*A large can of hot cocoa mix (or make your own- we love Alton Brown's although for my crew I sub a pinch of cinnamon for the pinch of cayenne)
*Candy Canes. We like to use our broken ones this way. If it falls off the tree but is still wrapped, it can be repurposed!!
*White or Dark chocolate chips- the mini chips work especially well.
*Marshmallows, we like the holiday shapes!
*adhesive (double sided sticky tape and/or glue stick) and/or a stapler
*Embellishments (paper, stickers, stamps, ribbons)
*Tie-top bags, plain or seasonal will work just fine!
Step One, Crush:
Step Two, Fill:
Step Three, Cut:
Step Whatever We're on, I'm sick of scrolling up- Insert chocolate:
THIS instead of like the ones we did today :)
Step the Next- Seal and Decorate:
Note: I find it helpful to have several pre-cut shapes (like squares) so that kids don't get frustrated.
Surprise inside! Guess what's inside!! (Gingerbread Marshmallows is a way cooler prize than you get in Cracker Jacks now, anyway!)
Look! It's a mini one! It's cute, too!
Fun and quick, you could also fill these up with any home-made treat from Russian Tea Mix (but for heaven's sake, put some red-hot candies in!) to peanut brittle. It makes a simple homemade gift that much more special because you took the time to dress it up!!
Happy Crafting :)