Browse around Pinterest DIY boards and you’ll quickly discover that gifts in jars are a popular concept… and with good cause! They make for thrifty, sweet, homemade treats that are fun to embellish and easy to assemble/transport. I made these little lovelies using spice jars from IKEA (which can of course be reused as spice jars or trinket containers). The flat sides are perfect for adhering labels to and each jar can contain enough chocolatey, pepperminty, Christmassy hot chocolate mix to serve 4 people.
Chevron is everywhere these days it seems so, due to popular demand 😉 , I thought I’d create simple, quasi-retro, chevron-patterned labels in soft red/coral and pale blue (you can download them below for free… a little pre-Christmas gift for me to you).
CHRISTMAS HOT CHOCOLATE MIX IN A JAR
WHAT YOU NEED
- IKEA Rajtan spice jars (they come in packs of four and are extremely good value!)
- Hard peppermint candies or candy canes (I used crushed traditional Swedish bite-sized polkagrisar; approximately 10 per jar)
- A packet of your favourite ready-made, organic, dairy-free hot chocolate mix (this makes the mix versatile for lactose/dairy intolerant recipients)
- A packet of mini marshmallows (you’ll need a small handful per jar)
- A sheet of printed labels (do try to print on photo paper so your finished jars will look extra swish 😉 )
- Clear drying craft glue for adhering the labels (and scissors for cutting them out)
- Ribbon in complimentary colour (allow for at least 30 cm of ribbon per jar for a short/small bow)
To download labels click here or on the image above
- Print out your labels on photo paper and cut them out once printer ink has dried.
- Blitz peppermint candies/candy canes in a food processor to a “crunchy snow”-like consistency (there may be some fine candy dust and some larger crumbs- this is fine).
- Scoop 1 dl (exactly 100 ml) of your store-bought, ready-made hot chocolate mix into each jar, leveling out the top with the back of a spoon if necessary.
- Spoon over the crushed peppermint candy.
- Top with a small handful of mini marshmallows; enough to roughly hold everything in place, but not to pack the jar too tightly.
- Screw on the lid then adhere the labels, front and back, using craft glue.
- Finish with a ribbon in a complimentary colour.
We have tried this mix ourselves using non-dairy milk (almond) and it works beautifully. I love the chocolate + peppermint flavour combination and the mini marshmallows are sweet little snow balls bobbing on the surface, adding an extra festive touch.
I recently gave some of these little hot chocolate jars to friends at my Advent-themed crafting night and they were very warmly received.
I hope everyone’s enjoying the Advent period and count-down to Christmas as much as we are!
What projects are you working on right now?