Well hello again.

After a 2 week ordeal with a nasty virus that took down every one in the house one by one, I knew I was finally starting to feel like a normal human being when I had the urge (and energy) to
cook and craft again.
Unfortunately, I was also *shocked* to discover that the laundry really doesn’t wash itself around here, and I had no less than 15 loads piled up throughout the house, which I planned on tackling today.  Hey, clean underwear takes precedence over fun crafts, right?
However, since my washing machine BROKE on the very first load (maybe it enjoyed its 2 week break a little too much?) and the repair man doesn’t come until Monday, I simply had no choice but to spend my Saturday afternoon making these adorable homemade gifts with my kiddos.
I originally saw a picture somewhat like the one above on pinterest, then I found the recipe (and printable tags/labels) for a Mexican Hot Chocolate here.  I just combined the two ideas.
This is a fun and easy homemade gift to create with your kids, and let me tell ya, this hot chocolate mix is simply delicioso!! 
Any chocolate lover would truly appreciate this gift.
Not to mention, it’s cute as can be, isn’t it?!
 My 5 year old had LOTS of fun decorating the jumbo marshmallows, and assembling the jars with me.
If you’d like to make a couple to give away, here is a little tutorial for you.
What you’ll need:
 {to make TWO Frosty Jars}

.: 2 pint-sized canning jars with lids :.

.: Mini marshmallows (abt. 1 cup):.

.: Regular (or jumbo) sized marshmallows :.

.: Mexican Hot Chocolate mix (see recipe below) :.

.: Food colorings-black and orange :.
(we used Duff’s Air brush colors which I had in the house from our last bday cake decorating extravaganza)

.: Small paintbrush or toothpick :.

.: 2 small treat bags :.

.: Ribbons for decoration :.

.: Printed labels/tags (and recipe) from Chezbeeperbebe’s Breakfast in a Box tutorial :.
(click on tutorial, then print page 5 for the Hot chocolate tags and page 6 for the recipe card). 
FYI: you can print your tags on label paper, or on cardstock which could be hole punched and attached with a ribbon.
EDIT: You could also melt a few chocolate chips, and dab on chocolate eyes and mouth, as seen on these cuties:
Ok–the Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe is so simple.
Have your kiddos help you add these ingredients to your food processor:
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. slivered almonds
1 oz bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped roughly
1/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder (we actually used Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa)
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Process until everything is finely ground.
Then add:
1 tsp. vanilla extract and process a few more seconds.
It should look something like this now:
And, oooh my.
It. smells. DIVINE. 
It’s a chocolately-cinnamony piece of heaven.
You will have enough to make (2) 1/2 cup servings (plus a bit left over for your own cup of hot cocoa).
Put a 1/2 cup into each of your two treat bags:

Use the twisties to tie them up, and fold all the excess plastic up neatly and tuck it underneath, like the one on the left:

Here I’ve assembled everything that will go into each jar. 

Now for the fun part:
Help your kiddos paint a simple snowman face on your large marshmallows.  They may need to practice on one or two before they get the hang of it.
For ours, I worked together with Eden–she did the eyes and mouths, and I did the noses.
Of course my girl couldn’t resist putting “eye flashes” on some to make a few Mrs. Frostys!. 🙂
Let the food coloring dry for about 20 minutes.
Assemble the jars by placing a little less than 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows at the bottom; then place the hot chocolate mix on top of that, with the plastic top facing down to make it look neater;
finally top it with a frosty face, and seal the jar. 
You can add ribbons to embellish if you’d like. 
Just be sure to print the label or tag with the instructions for the recipient (see link above).
Or handwrite your own…
Basically, it says to heat 1 cup of milk, then add 1 Tbsp (or more!!) of the mix and stir until creamy and blended.

Once we got all the snowmen tucked away into their jars (we made 6), Eden had fun playing with the happy snow couples…

 …While I made myself a creamy cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate. 

(Since you wouldn’t want to GIVE a food gift to someone else that you have not first  tried yourself, right?!)

Mmmmmm, so good we made an extra batch for our own cupboard! 
I hope you enjoyed this sweet little homemade gift idea. 
It happens to be one part of the homemade gift baskets we’re giving this year.
I’ll show you the other yummy items in the coming days.
 Until next time,
Happy Gift-Making!