Showing posts with label food gifts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food gifts. Show all posts

Friday, February 12, 2016

Last Minute Valentine Gifts~Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix and Chocolate Dipped Thin Oreos

Valentine's Day will be here on Sunday! Are you ready?  These two, cute Last Minute Valentine Gifts are fast to put together, and anyone would love to receive them! The Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix is easy, and the Chocolate Dipped Thin Oreo's are even easier!

hot choclate mix, chocolate covered oreos
 Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix 

 Printable Hot Chocolate Recipe
2 teaspoon Butter
3 envelopes unflavored Gelatin
1 cup Cold Water, divided
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Light Corn Syrup
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla 
Powdered Sugar 
Milk Chocolate Bar

Chocolate Dipped Oreos 
 Printable Chocolate Dipped Oreos Recipe
Milk Chocolate~melted
Thin Oreo Cookies~mint flavor
Thin Oreo Cookies~original flavor
Candy Conversation Hearts
Heart Shaped Junior Mints

prepping the pan
Line a 13"x9" pan with foil, and coat foil with butter.
gelatin in a bowl
Place 1/2 cup of water in a large mixing bowl that can handle a mixer. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water.
sugar, corn syrup, mixing it together
In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining water. Bring the mix to a boil. Cook until the candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees.
Mixing it together
Carefully add the hot mix to the gelatin. Beat on high until the mix is thick and doubles in volume, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla at 12 or 13 minutes of mixing.
Pouring it in the pan
Pour marshmallow mix into prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let set up at room temperature for 5-6 hours.
cutting our marshmallows
Sprinkle a piece of parchment paper with confectioners sugar. Take the marshmallow and place it on the sugar. Lightly sprinkle the sugar on top of the marshmallow. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter, coated with pan spray to cut out heart shaped marshmallows. Place on a rack to dry.
Chopping chocolate
You will need 2 1/2 ounces of chopped milk chocolate for each mug of hot chocolate. I chopped 5 ounces for 2 servings. Chop it as fine as you can. Small pieces will melt from the heat of the milk once it is prepared. I use Trader Joes Milk Chocolate, Pound Plus for the chocolate. It is a really good quality Belgium Chocolate that is easy to work with and tastes amazing.
Wrapping the gift of homemade marshmallows
Place the chocolate in one bag and the marshmallow in another. Add a tag and tie with ribbon. On the back of the tag write: Add piping hot milk and stir. Place them in a pretty mug.

Chocolate Dipped Thin Oreos:
Chopping chocolate
Chop up approx. 6 ounces of milk chocolate.This makes 1 dozen.
Melting chocolate
Place in a double boiler, and melt over low heat until rich and creamy.
Dipped Oreo
Use a small tong to dip the cookie into the chocolate, one at a time.
Place on parchment paper or wax paper that is on a plate that can go in the fridge.
Toppings for Oreos, heart junior mints, conversation hearts
Place the heart shaped Mints on the mint cookies, and the conversation hearts on the original cookies. Place in the fridge until chocolate has hardened.
wrapping the gift
Wrap in pretty packaging!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Looking for more last minute Valentine's Day treats? 
Check these:

chcolate, white chocolate

chcolate, whipped cream

popcorn, m and m's

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Valentine's Day!



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Snowflake Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are some of my favorite cookies. I love their versatility, and how easy it is to creatively adapt them to any celebration or party. So these Snowflake Thumbprint Cookies are a celebration of winter and snow, and the fact that I am not in any snow!

These cookies are part of a care package that I am sending to my old neighbor, Skip. As I have mentioned before in this post, he was the best neighbor ever, and since we moved away from Utah, we have gone to visit with him a few times. We really miss him! My son was there a few months ago, and I asked him to go see Skip. I was a little worried that he seemed out of sorts and forgetful when I spoke to him on the phone. To make a long story short, Skip has dementia, and he is now living in a care facility in east Ohio, very near his family. While I am so glad his family is watching out for him,  I am so sad, because I know how much he loved his home in Utah, and his life there. Anyway, I know that Skip will be happy to get these goodies, and I hope they make him smile!

cookies, thumbprint cookies, snow
 Snowflake Thumbprint Cookies

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Candy Cane Popcorn!!

Every Christmas I make a lot of gift baskets filled with food. I stuff them with cookies, candies, and nuts, and sometimes I add sauces, like BBQ or hot fudge. The process of putting it all together, deciding what recipes to make, and how to package the goodies is a source of great joy to me. When I see how happy recipients of the baskets are, it really is a present ~ for me! This year I have an abundance of glass jars (remnants of my biscoff obsession) that I wanted to put to good use. I wanted something that would look pretty and taste great. That's how I came up with this Candy Cane Popcorn!
Candy Cane Popcorn
16 cups popped Popcorn
12 squares of Vanilla Almond Bark
20 Candy Canes
Pop your popcorn and chop up your almond bark.
Let it melt slowly, stirring and using low heat.
Meanwhile, line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
 Crush your candy canes into small pieces.
Pour your popped corn in to a large bowl. 
You will need a large bowl for extra mixing room.
 Add your melted  almond bark. Mix thoroughly.
Distribute the wet popcorn between the two
baking sheets.
Sprinkle with your crushed candy canes.
Let dry.
Here is a close up to see how it sticks to the
popcorn with the help of the melted bark.
To make the jars I tied bakers twine around the lid,
 stuck a mini candy cane in the bow, and.....
 decorated the top of the lid.
They will be the perfect addition 
to the gift baskets!

Thanks for joining me today!

I will be partying at these fun spots!:
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