PEPPERMINT HOT COCOA GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Gifts From The Kitchen

This week I will be attending my annual Holiday Book Club meeting. This month we read a book that I really enjoyed called Orphan Train.

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Christina Baker Kline’s smash bestseller is a lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of American history. Between 1854 and 1929, the so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude? I found this story, based on a real period in American history to be fascinating and riveting. A great read, I finished it on the airplane trip between Los Angeles and Washington, DC over the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m anxious to discuss the book at our Book Club meeting, to which I will be bringing Peppermint Hot Cocoa gifts from my kitchen to each of my Book Club girlfriends.

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It’s an attractive little gift to show you care during the holidays. Just a little something to give friends when nothing more than a small gesture is necessary. If you’re looking for a hostess gift, a teacher gift, a holiday party favor, or small gift for the folks in the office or the neighborhood, Peppermint Hot Cocoa Gifts From the Kitchen are the perfect thing to give.

Here’s what you’ll need…

Supplies

Ingredients

  • Hot Cocoa Mix
  • Miniature Marshmallows
  • Round Peppermint Candies
  • Chocolate Chips

Directions

Fill 1/3rd of the bottom of the pail with prepared Hot Cocoa Mix.

Add a layer of miniature marshmallows to fill another 1/3rd of the container.

Line the circumference of the container along the inside edge with individual round peppermint candies in an upright position.

Fill the rest of the container with chocolate chips.

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Tie the red & white striped twine around the rim of the bucket. Then add your handwritten gift tags. On the back of the tag write, “Just Add Hot Milk”.

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To Prepare The Hot Cocoa

Add about 2 cups of hot milk to a large mug. Add the contents of the little bucket of Peppermint Hot Cocoa mix. Stir and enjoy.

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So there you have it: PEPPERMINT HOT COCOA GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN

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Comments

  • Such a cute idea and so very thoughtful. Your friends will love it!

  • Ah, thanks so much!! I sure hope they do!

  • Celia,
    I love this idea and will use it for next year. It looks pretty and I love hot chocolate laced with peppermint.
    Thanks!
    Karen

  • Lori

    A friend gave me the Orphan Train book and just said “I finished this in 2 days, you’ll love it”. It’s been sitting on my nightstand. You’re the second person now to vouch for it. I guess I’ll be reading it soon!

  • Hi Lori, once you pick that book up off your night stand you won’t put it down. I finished it on a 5 hour plane ride. Orphan Train is a good book. Happy holidays!

  • Thanks Karen, sorry I didn’t post it sooner. Hope you are enjoying a great holiday season.

  • Lori

    You were right Celia, I finally read Orphan Train a couple months ago and finished it in a day and a half. It made me cry a few times, but I loved it.

  • Terrific!! So glad you enjoyed the book. The best ones always make us shed a few tears. Happy holidays!