I wanted to do something homemade for Christmas gifts this year, but also something food related as these last few years have been an intense food journey for me and I wanted to create something celebratory and comforting. I thought of all the hot drinks and soup we consume during the cold, dark winter months and settled on giving a mug, hot chocolate mix and homemade marshmallows.
Mugs were easy! Some discounted stacker mugs from Cost Plus World Market; several personalized mugs for those whom I found the perfect design for; hand-stamped and written tags for directions from my scrapbooking supplies; and the first step was completed.
To make the little baggies of hot chocolate drink mix, I used Lake Champlain’s traditional hot chocolate mix. Three tablespoons per baggie and the baggies were purchased at local craft store, Ben Franklin Crafts.
Audra Mulkern. However, I did not want to use corn syrup, so after some internet searching I found a corn syrup free recipe and used Audra’s recipe to know how much chocolate powder to add.
My first batch was so thin; I ended up making them into mini marshmallows and then doubled all of my future batches which turned out to make the size just right for medium to large size marshmallows.
|Bourbon and Vanilla|
The flavors I used were:
- Bailey’s Irish Cream
- Bourbon and Vanilla
- Theo Chocolate Dark Chili Chocolate
- Theo Chocolate Dark Chocolate
- Lake Champlain Traditional Hot Chocolate and Mocha Hot Chocolate
- Use a smaller pan size so you don’t have to double your recipe
- Use a square pan
- Coat inside of pan with parchment paper AND powdered sugar
- Dip knife in powdered sugar to cut marshmallows
- May need to use more chocolate powder to increase flavor
- Use a bigger pan than what you might need for boiling the sugar/gelatin mix. It can boil over very easily!
- Eat quickly as they start to go stale more readily!