Cocoa Cups of Cheer for you today.
Dark peppermint chocolate, snuggled in a mini red solo cup, complete with stirring spoon and tag.
Stir these chocolate spoons into a hot mug of milk and they make a delicious cup of cocoa!
Not only are these little gifts quick and easy to make, they'll have you humming 'Have a Holly Jolly Christmas..." all day long!
First, gather up your supplies.
-Mini red Solo cups. (Find at party stores and some grocery stores.)
-red plastic spoons
-white poms (optional)
-red curling ribbon
-small cellophane bags
To make the chocolate you'll need:
-one bag of dark chocolate chips
-1 tsp of peppermint extract
-3-4 candy canes crushed
Hot gluing white poms to the ends of red plastic spoons is completely optional...and may be ridiculous, but I think it totally looks 'Santa-fied' so I did it.
-Melt a bag of dark chocolate chips over a double burner on the stove. (You could melt chips in the microwave, but be careful they don't scorch.) On stove, bring chocolate to a gentle boil.
-Once completely melted, stir in a tsp. of peppermint extract. (Use more or less depending on how strong you like it.)
-Pour chocolate into the mini red cups. Fill about 3/4 full.
-Insert spoon into each cup. (The spoon will stand up on it's own.)
(If chocolate is too runny, wait a few minutes for it to harden.)
-Crumble a few candy canes into small pieces and sprinkle the pieces on top of the chocolate.
-Let harden in refrigerator, or on counter.
-Once completely solid, gently hold bottom of cup and pull spoon at the same time. Wiggle the cup a bit, and the chocolate should come completely out of cup attached to the spoon. Place back in cup.
(***This allows the recipient to easily use their gift without getting frustrated that the chocolate won't come out.)
If you have trouble wedging the chocolate out, warm the bottom of the cup a bit with the heat of your hand or a hot rag. Most come out very easily.
Place each cup inside a small cellophane bag and tie on a tag with curling ribbon.
Click here to print out your own tags.
Make a few or lots!
This batch was sent to our church's preschool staff.
Be sure to save one for yourself!
They're pretty yummy!
May your Christmas be full of snow and cheer!
See my punny Christmas gift ideas.