A few weeks ago, Dane over at The Busty Baker wrote a post about Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix and I thought, “Yes.” I had been thinking of something I could make and give my coworkers for the holidays that would last longer than the four bites it takes to demolish a cupcake. Hot chocolate is such a great winter tradition and drinking something that didn’t come out of one of those packets is pretty cool. And homemade peppermint marshmallows? Come on. Perfect.
I made the marshmallows first. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be, although I jumped the gun on them a bit. I should have let them sit out overnight before cutting them into squares, or at least four hours. I made it three. It was 10 p.m. and I couldn’t bear the thought of getting up extra early to deal with it in the a.m., so I made an executive decision and cut them up early. I think they turned out just fine. In the future, I’ll try to wait.
Mixing the hot cocoa mix was also really easy. I added a pinch of cayenne as Danae suggests, although when I tasted the mix sans liquid, I thought for sure I’d added too much because I could really feel the heat. But I’m happy to report that once mixed with a mug of milk, the unpleasantness of the heat was gone and left only a slight tingling sensation on the tongue.
Packing these up in piping bags was a great way to present them. Adding a candy cane ups the festiveness of the gift.
These might just be perennial gifts. Super easy to put together and my coworkers (as well as a few of my husband’s) were really excited to get them.
Tomorrow begins three non-stop days of baking. I’m making Eggnog Cupcakes and Vegan Gingerbread Men tomorrow night for a Winter Warmer party we’re throwing Friday. Friday I’m off work (hooray!) and will be baking five different cookies for cookie box gifts. Saturday I’m baking Vegan Vanilla cupcakes for my sister-in-law’s annual Christmas Eve party as well as Lemon Meringue Cupcakes for our family Christmas Day festivities in New Jersey. Wish me and my kitchen luck!