Indulgent Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix

To 'buy-for' lists at this time of year, can often become costly and time consuming. And, although I'd be the first to say I love Christmas shopping, it can sometimes leave me feeling quite frantic, especially when I find myself moving from shop to shop, joining queue after queue. Now I won't deny, most of the presents that'll be under my tree will be gifts I have bought. However, there shall be a lovely little selection of homemade treats I have enjoyed making, ready to be unwrapped by my loved ones on Christmas Day...

So if you are looking for Christmas craft ideas and inspiration, you'll want to bury your brows into 'Christmas Recipes & Crafts,' brought to you by Parragon Books Ltd, Love Food,  Parragon Books Ltd 2015. I spotted a recipe (I am not sure I can call it that, given no baking or cooking is required!) which immediately caught my eye. 'Indulgent Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix.' I cannot stress just how easy this recipe is to make, it will literally be ready by the time you have switched on the kettle and it begins to whistle! All you will need is:

690 g milk powder

125 g cocoa powder

300 g golden caster sugar

250 g good quality peppermint milk chocolate (I used Montezuma's Milk Chocolate Minted with Crunchy Peppermint)

6 Kilner jars

Festive ribbon to decorate

*This recipe fills 6 Kilner jam jars.

Divide all of the dry ingredients evenly between six jars. I rustled up just the one jar on this occasion. So, in goes 115 g milk powder...

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Followed by 20 g of cocoa powder. I used 'Green & Blacks Fairtrade Organic Cocoa,' for its full-bodied, rich and intense flavour.

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Pour in 50 g of golden caster sugar and then tap the jar on a hard surface so all of the ingredients settle evenly on top of one another.

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Break 40 g of delicious milk chocolate into small chunks. Similarly to the cocoa powder, I suggest buying the best bar of peppermint milk chocolate you can get hold of, the hot chocolate will taste all the better for it √

Pop those scrummy pieces into the jar...

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Screw on the golden cap and then you're good to go!

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A homemade Christmas gift that can last up to 6 months (as long as the lid is covered tightly and the jar is stored in a cool, dry place) But, who am I kidding! I am quite confident that this homemade gift won't last two minutes once it has been unwrapped!

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As you can see, I have decorated the jar with a sparkly gold ribbon to add a cheerful festive touch. 

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It will take longer to heat up this indulgent peppermint hot chocolate mix than it will assembling it! A wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit and a thoughtful gift to give this year. Let me know how you get on...

With thanks to Parragon Books for kindly gifting me this fabulous festive recipe book!