Am I jumping the gun by getting ready for next Christmas at the beginning of the year? I don't think so, especially since starting now will save me money in December. I stopped in at Goodwill tonight where all their remaining Christmas items are 50% off.
Aren't these mugs cute? I bought mugs that I filled with homemade treats for gifts this past Christmas and I paid about $4 each for the mugs, which I thought was an ok price. But these mugs? Only 25 cents each! And much cuter than the ones I bought. I don't feel bad about buying used mugs since they're in perfect condition and I plan on filling them with candies or cocoa, like this recipe:
World's Best Hot Chocolate
Recipe from Short Stop
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate (I use mini-chocolate chips)
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Store mix in an airtight container.
For 4 servings:
2/3 cup cocoa mix
1/4 cup water
4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
a large pan on low heat, stir cocoa mix and water until melted. Add
milk and beat with whisk until smooth. Heat on low until hot. Add
*For a single serving,
add 2 heaping tablespoons of mix in the bottom of a mug. Pour 1/8 cup
boiling water (don't measure - just add enough to cover the chocolate)
and stir until the chocolate melts. Add milk to the top of your mug and
add a splash of vanilla. Microwave until heated.
Now, I love me some Land O' Lakes mint hot chocolate, but this is a close second and pretty economical to make for a gift. Enjoy!
Edit: I made the recipe again because I thought it was a bit sweet and now I really do think its the best hot chocolate I've ever had! I reduced the sugar to 1/2 a cup and substituted 4 oz of chopped mint Hershey's kisses for half of the chocolate chips. The mint gives a subtle mint taste to the cocoa. Oh, and do try this with whole milk at least once! And it doesn't hurt to add a dollop of whipped cream to the top of your mug. :-)