Hot chocolate gift basket

(53 Posts)
spottymoo Wed 14-Nov-12 18:32:58

I'm making dd a hot chocolate gift basket looking for ideas what to put in it.

So far we have a mug
Hot chocolate sachets
Mini marshmallows

Any other ideas greatly appreciated

PuggyMum Wed 14-Nov-12 18:34:30

A mini whisk?? They have these in b&m bargains.

Rattitude Wed 14-Nov-12 18:35:14

A few biscuits?

Eddas Wed 14-Nov-12 18:40:08

shortbread
chocolate sprinkles
squirty cream (maybe not in a basket?!)
chocolate stirer

A small (well not too small) bar of a really nice chocolate, like G&B.
They do Mini Bars you could do a selection? grin

44SoStartingOver Wed 14-Nov-12 18:49:10

Waitrose do chocolate covered spoons which look fab

Oooh Oooh, sort of stealing 44 s idea...
Lakeland Limited do a silicone mould to make little chocolate spoons (so all chocolate rather than a real spoon).

I'm going to trial them for DD school Christmas Fayre., in cellophane bags.

knittedslippersx3 Wed 14-Nov-12 18:53:19

One of those shaker things for dusting cakes with icing sugar but with cocoa powder in it. I know what I mean!

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Wed 14-Nov-12 18:54:37

Put it in a nice mug, rather than a basket?

spottymoo Wed 14-Nov-12 19:21:03

Should have added dd is 10. So think I better miss the whiskey wink

Like the idea of the chocolate spoons I decided to do it in a basket as the mug us a Jamie Oliver one that comes in a nice tin grin

Chocolate and cookies will go down a treat

The sprinkler thing sounds good as well anyone seen any stencils the type you get at costa on coffee

spottymoo Wed 14-Nov-12 19:21:40

Another thought anyone seen any small cabs of squirty cream ?

Tiny grater with a little bar of choc and a whole nutmeg?

bedmonster Wed 14-Nov-12 20:37:08

One of those little electric frother gadget things?

snowballinashoebox Wed 14-Nov-12 21:03:25

Some of those stencils so you can dust chocolate over the top. Ebay and amazon have christmasy ones.

Ikea have some stencils. How about a candy cane to stir it?

finleymoon Wed 14-Nov-12 22:43:16

Got some stencils from Asda today. They were £1.50 for 8 different ones.

pigleychez Wed 14-Nov-12 23:27:09

Im planning similar for DD's teachers.

Ive bought this for choc spoon stirrers.

and these stencils.

Contemplating making my own marshmallows too!

4forkssake Wed 14-Nov-12 23:35:40

Sainsburys also have the stencils in for similar amount to the asda ones. They were in the baking section as are also advertised as cupcake (& coffee) stencils!

fuzzpig Thu 15-Nov-12 13:17:25

I'm considering making marshmallow stirrers - put two big marshmallows on the end of a stick, dip in melted choc and sprinkles, leave to set.

You can also get caramel waffle things that you put on top of the cup until the caramel melts.

1stMrsF Thu 15-Nov-12 14:01:10

I have done this for a 13yo and also included a choc cookie kit - she likes baking. You could buy one (mine from whittard and includes reindeer cutter) or make one (various threads on here about cookie in a jar presents). If buying biscuits, Whittard also have Christmas Pudding Shortbread Stars smile

Ooh yes to those waffle things - they are gorgeous.

Did you get different flavours of hot choc sachets? The coconut ones are quite interesting.

Oh and Starbucks have their bottles of gingerbread syrup in now too.

Yy to those caramel waffles. They are a favourite of mine.

Flavoured sugar cubes? Used to be able to get them in whittards, a mint one in a hot choc is lovely.

milk Thu 15-Nov-12 17:21:48
milk Thu 15-Nov-12 17:22:30

Lidl sell the Caramel waffles things smile

bruffin Thu 15-Nov-12 17:31:21

Tesco now do little pots of different flavour of chocolate sprinkle.There is a cinnamon and vanilla, and a spice one.

VoldemortsNipple Thu 15-Nov-12 19:05:26

What are those wafer straw things called that you get in a tin. They'd be lovely

fuzzpig Fri 16-Nov-12 10:33:53

Oooh I love them voldy. I have a feeling they are called caprice or capriccio wafers? Or maybe that's what the company was called. I'm sure you can still get them in big supermarkets anyway.

I really would love to get new mugs for this but we are drowning in mugs already.

I also need to find some hot choc powder that is gluten free - DH is a coeliac and it would be a shame if we couldn't all have some. My usual Cadbury one has gluten in.

I think DH would like using Mint Matchmakers as stirrers.

bruffin Fri 16-Nov-12 11:34:46

They are also called viennese or cigarette wafers.

Chokablok have also bought out something called a big dipper which is for stirring your hot chocolate with. Looks like a lump of chocolate on a spoon studded with marshmallow etc. there are 4 different flavours

BiddyPop Fri 16-Nov-12 12:40:50

G&B do a nice hot choc mix, not sure if it's GF though.

Some chocolate Nutcrackers or similar seasonal treats (some posh places get those ones on a cardboard bakground with foil covered bodies).

Perhaps make the hot choc mix up into "Snowman Soup" mixes (google snowman soup, for the top and even toppers you can print - it's basically hot choc, marshmallows, and using a candy cane as a swizzle stick).

debdee Fri 16-Nov-12 13:13:01

How about a syrup? I'm making brother a hot choc gift, he loves the blackforest hot choc from Costa which they make with Monin blackberry syrup so I'm putting a bottle of that in, there are lots of different flavours though and I think they do a little selection pack of smaller bottles.

cazza2878 Fri 16-Nov-12 16:41:31

Does anyone know where you can buy mini marshmallows in small bags (to fit in a mug) ? Can only seem to find large packs. Thanks.

Can you not split a large bag into smaller packs?

drummerswife Fri 16-Nov-12 18:13:46

cazza2878 our local asda does packs of small marshmallows in the baking section
poundland have tins of the long wafer biscuits saw them today.they had 2 different sorts

Ihatemytoes Fri 16-Nov-12 18:35:12

I'm stealing this idea! Can anyone suggest where i can buy a basket/hamper to put it all in? Also, how are you wrapping these?

mignonette Fri 16-Nov-12 18:56:09

I bought DS these chocolate stirrers here - balls or square pieces of chocolate on a stick that you stir and subsequently melt into a mug of hot milk/chocolate.

here are different flavoured stirrers from Whittards.

Or buy a mould to make your own and get creative with flavourings, types of chocolate-

www.amazon.co.uk/Chocolate-Biscuit-Dippers-Stirrers-Silicone/dp/B0092DILA2/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1353091090&sr=8-6

Browse here at Whittards and get different hot chocolate flavours although for a treat I'd suggest Charbonnel & Walker Chocolate Flakes which are so delicious. Yes, they cost £7-8 a tin but it lasts and it is real chocolate flakes.

This looks fun too.
www.whittard.co.uk/christmas_gift_shop/christmas_gift_sets/chocolate_biscuit_ball_sachet.htm

I would also look for a proper French 'Chocolat Chaud' bowl, the wide shallow design that people have their Breakfast coffee/chocolate out of. They just look so stylish and make the act of drinking it more pleasurable. Their wide shape allows you to wrap your hands around it which ius even more comforting.

These Dibor drinking mugs are a little pricey but I have posted the link to give you an idea of what I think looks really stylish- John Lewis, HoF, M&S etc all have them.

www.dibor.co.uk/Product.asp?ProductId=Q102

Finally, you can make shapes and designs on top of the hot chocolate using cocoa powder/grated chocolate in the same way Barista's do by buying the little discs with cut out patterns on them. Or make your own by tracing designs onto stiff acetate then cutting them out. Your son might enjoy designing his own too as Smiley faces, cartoon character heads, logo's, hearts, bug and other animal designs are not too difficult to do. I know that last Christmas, Boots were selling little packs of these in their Christmas gift range.

mignonette Fri 16-Nov-12 18:59:10

here are some Dutch Caramel Wafers/Waffles that are the perfect sized disc for balancing on top of a mug of hot chocolate. Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Tesc's stock them as do Amazon.

VoldemortsNipple Fri 16-Nov-12 19:15:10

Im planning on doing a hot chocolate bar which I'm setting up to coincide with the decorations going up. I got the idea from pintrest. Some lovely ideas here, I might just have to steal some smile

As for snowman soup, I'm up to my eyes in the bloody things. I make hundreds of them and sell them in work to get a few extra pennies for the festive season grin

CuriosityCola Fri 16-Nov-12 19:19:30

Here to borrow ideas wink

Elizabeth22 Fri 16-Nov-12 19:25:40

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spottymoo Fri 16-Nov-12 19:34:09

Some great ideas here smile
I got a gift basket from home bargain think it was £3.99

So far I've got the hot chocolate
Mini marsh mellows
Some chocolate chip cookies
Hot chocolate scachets from asda on lots of different flavours
I got a silicone mould today with Christmas tree shapes that I'm going to make some chocolates in.
Going to get a bag of mini muffins
Also picked up some fluffy socks today and a DVD as well for her to go in the basket grin

solittletimeandsomuchtodo Fri 16-Nov-12 19:34:21

Snowman soup -curious? (actually just nosey)

CuriosityCola Fri 16-Nov-12 20:50:55
CuriosityCola Fri 16-Nov-12 20:51:51

How do you make a hot chocolate bar?

VoldemortsNipple Sat 17-Nov-12 06:12:34

There are loads of hot chocolate bar ideas on Pintrest. I'm just doing a tray with hot chocolate, marshmallows, those biscuit straws and some other sprinkles to put on top. I'm thinking fudge crumbs, grated chocolate, cinnamon. And of course copious amounts of squirty cream smile

VoldemortsNipple Sat 17-Nov-12 06:45:40

I put my snowman soup in a cone bag. I layer the hot chocolate, marshmallows and then Hershey's kisses on top. I tie them up with a little jingle bell and some curling ribbon and a little poem stapled on top.

You have to put the hot chocolate in a seperate cone bag first, tie it and cut the excess. Otherwise the powder would go all over your marshmallows.

CuriosityCola Sat 17-Nov-12 09:53:45

Ah, I read that wrong. I thought it was a variation of chocolate on a stick blush. Sounds like a lovely idea.

Elizabeth22 Sun 18-Nov-12 13:59:58

I'm going to follow Jamie Oliver's recipe for hot chocolate this year. It contains all sorts if things. Sounds delicious.

Carluccio's sell amazing hot chocolate that is really, really thick. They serve it in their cafes/restaurants in a tiny white jug, together with a tiny white jug of expresso and a tiny white jug of cream. You pour all three into a cup to drink. Yum.

swooosh Sun 18-Nov-12 19:59:05

Jar of Marshmallow Fluff? You can get it in Asda grin they also sell MASSIVE American brand marshmallows (well mine does anyway)

pigleychez Sun 18-Nov-12 22:44:34

planning on doing this for the Nursery staff. What do you think about adding homemade biscuits too?

Cookies, Biscotti, shortbread ?

Ihatemytoes Thu 29-Nov-12 09:09:31

marking again!

Ihatemytoes Mon 17-Dec-12 08:28:58

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