Here are 9 Easy Homemade Food Gifts for the Holidays that you can make with things mostly already found in your pantry. Your welcome shopping procrastinators!
Are you always waiting until the last minute to go do your holiday shopping? Even better, are the stores all closed and you are left empty-handed for Aunt Fern and cousin Bob? Well, here I am to the rescue with 9 easy Homemade Food Gifts that I bet you can make with items you already have at home or with a very quick run to the grocery store.
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I have a few Pinterest curated ideas for you below with a selection of savory and sweet gift ideas. Plus I have a recipe to share: a to die for Hot Chocolate Mix that you can offer as a gift, and a Matcha White Chocolate version as well.
Check out this quick video on how to make both hot chocolate mixes. You can find the full recipes listed further below in the post.
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An unctuous Hot Chocolate Mix or a Matcha White Chocolate Mix
These hot chocolate mixes are hands down the best homemade hot chocolates I have ever made. The secret is turning actual chocolate into a fine powder and adding an extra kick of flavor. For the regular hot chocolate, we have chocolate of your choice plus some cocoa powder. For the Matcha white chocolate, we use white chocolate in addition to – you guessed it – matcha powder. But how do you get that thick and creamy mixture?
We will add a tad of cornstarch to the mix. This way, when you prepare a hot chocolate on the stovetop or microwave, the liquid will thicken up slightly after reaching the boiling point.
Yields about 2 1/4 cups for 10-12 servings
- 6 ounces milk chocolate (or white chocolate)
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder (or 3 tbsp matcha powder)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- drops of green food coloring, optional for Matcha version
- Mix all the ingredients for the hot chocolate mix in a food processor and process until powdery. If making the Matcha White Chocolate Mix use the first 2 ingredients substitutes.
- Put in a decorative jar to give with instructions:
- Bring 2/3 cup of milk to a simmer on the stove top over medium heat. Add 3 tbsp of either hot chocolate mix and cook, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens as desired. Add green food coloring if using for Matcha version.
And don’t forget you Printable Christmas Labels for Gifts!
And if that is not inspiration enough you can check out these other homemade gift ideas on CulturEatz:
- Caramel Sauce
- Homemade Mayonaise
- Herbal Tinctures
- Hibiscus and Chocolate Swirl Marshmallows
- Homemade Hot Sauce
Did you make one of my recipes? I would love to see it. Take a photo and tag me on Instagram @cultureatz.
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