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25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair

Well, we had a GREAT Christmas today (since we celebrated early due to hubby’s work schedule)!
The kiddos each got Nintendo DS lites,……but not games (that’s what we told grandparents they wanted :)
and a few other toys.
Hubby and I The girls had a great time playing with their toys after they opened them and are already asking about our next Christmases (we will be having 2 more!).
SO,……
I just can’t help myself when it comes to hot cocoa flavored with candy cane!
So, when I was making up some cute gifts for friends and neighbors I HAD to find a way to combine the two :)
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So, I covered the tops of some “freecycled” jars and filled them mostly with hot cocoa mix.
Then, I made up a batch of candy cane mini marshmallows and topped off the jar with those!
25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com
25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com
To cover the lid of the jar, I started by painting the tops white since most of them were dark colors.
25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com
25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com
25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com
Then, I cut some cute tissue paper a little bigger than the lid and mod podged it on. I topped that off with 2 more coats of MP.
25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com
For the marshmallows, I followed this recipe from Our Best Bites (did you see they gave away a Blendtec blender?!?!?!?! How did I miss that one!), but used 1/2 tsp each of vanilla and peppermint extract.
Then, since I liked the look of Martha’s so much (but not so much the recipe), I swirled red into mine.
Wait till the very last……right after it finishes on the mixer, fold in around 1/2~1 tsp of red food coloring. You need to do this quickly and then pour it into your prepared pan.
25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com
I also used a cookie sheet since I wanted them to be on the thinner side. It makes it easier to cut into mini pieces or for cutting into shapes.Then, you just use your handy~dandy pizza cutter to cut the sheet up.

25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com

I really liked the cute little candy cane shapes, and let the kiddos help cut some of those.
25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com
Make sure you roll your pizza cutter or cookie cutter in the cornstarch/powdered sugar mix after each cut.
25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com
AND toss the finished ones in the mix too.
Those marshmallows are STICKY!!
25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com

This batch made 2 big bowls full of minis!

25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com

Now toss them into the jar filled with cocoa…..

AND

Finish the jars with some cute ribbon and a tag….
AND
voila!!
25 Days Of Christmas~No Better Pair by NotSoIdleHands.com
You have some cute and yummy to hand out to all your friends.
Have fun!
About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.

Comments

  1. What a cute idea and a cuter gift ;)

  2. Those marshmallows are so cool. And the gifts are adorable. Merry Christmas!

  3. I am a sucker for homemade marshmellows… love them!

  4. this is toooooo cute. i love this idea. thanks for sharing!

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