You all know how much we love gifting around here! This year we came up with the perfect gift for neighbors and teachers: a truffle hot chocolate kit.
We came up with the perfect ratio of truffles to milk (3 truffles to one mug of whole milk), and we’ve packaged it perfectly. We’ve even included a printable gift tag.
All you need to do is put some truffles in a special mug and attach the tag with some ribbon. If you want to go the extra mile, you can dip a wooden spoon into chocolate as well. You know our motto: chocolate makes everything better!
Using melted (melt over a double boiler or in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time) Lindt chocolate bar in white and milk chocolate and peppermint truffle, dip the end of a wooden spoon in the chocolate and place on wax paper to cool and harden.
To garnish, use a micro plane or vegetable peeler to shave some chocolate. Sprinkle over the spoon when the dipped chocolate is very cool to the touch but not hardened yet. If you put it on too soon, the shavings will melt away! On the peppermint spoons, I used red sprinkles to mimic the tiny bits of peppermint in the truffle.
The truffles in the mug help hold the spoons upright – but you could also wrap each spoon or set in a small cello bag and secure.
It’s a treat that anyone would enjoy receiving!
To make this gift a little more special, we have also made some printable gift tags that go perfectly with the hot chocolate kit!
Click here to download.
We had so much fun with our Mother’s Day brunch, we thought we’d try and come up with even more ways to craft with chocolate. It’s pretty much a chocoholics crafting dream come true!
The kissing ball is a classic Christmas tradition. I hope I’m not the only one who imagined some sort of romantic kiss under decorative holiday mistletoe when I was younger.
Today, we’re showing you how to make a gorgeous kissing ball, and then showing you three different ways to display it. Tradition dictates that you should hang the kissing ball by the front door, but we also wanted to show it as a centerpiece and as a mantel/side table piece.
Finding a non-floral centerpiece can be a challenge but as a centerpiece surrounded by fresh cut pine, the kidding ball makes a sweet statement. Tuck a few truffles into the pine and around the candles to keep guests from picking apart your kissing ball. The kissing ball would also be an adorable addition to an entry way or mantle. My studio entry is an eclectic mix of images and decorations.
And, what might be my favorite, a traditional kissing ball made out of something sweeter than mistletoe.
This is a simple project, and it would be the perfect addition to any holiday party.
Ingredients (can you tell I mostly write recipes!):
- Lindt Truffles in Green, Red and Gold
- Small Styrofoam or grape vine sphere
- Floral or jewelry wire
- Ribbon for hanging (Satin or grosgrain work well)
- Glue gun and glue
- Do a rough layout of how you want the ball to look. The idea is to have mostly green with a few red and gold for the berries and flowers. Our baseball size form took about 2 1/2 bags of truffles.
- Wrap the wire around the form several times, leaving a 6-8 inch “tail” on each side for later. Secure with hot glue on the top and bottom.
- Glue truffles, one at a time, to the form until covered. The ruffles fit very snugly together and you shouldn’t have many bare spots. If space is at a premium, glue the truffles to each other on the sides and not directly on the form to squeeze in the last 2 or 3.
- Use the ribbon to make a bow and run the wire through the back of the bow to secure it. Then measure a length of ribbon to hang with (how far down from your ceiling you want it) and tie a knot at the end. Secure the knotted end with the wire (there are no exact rules for this! just twist and wrap the ribbon and wire securely!).