It’s the holiday season and also the season of giving! As many of us rush and make our way to department stores finding gifts to make our loved ones smile, we often spend a lot more money than planned. However, this year, we can save our money and go about the season of giving in a creative way with edible gifts!

Edible gifts are a trendy and economical way to save during the holiday season. They are usually homemade treats that are packaged and presented very beautifully. Creating edible gifts is an opportunity to show off your kitchen skills and creativity. This can also be a fun activity to do with your family and friends.

Here are 10 of our favorite edible gift ideas from around the web:

  1. For the baker: homemade brownie mix
  2. To warm up the holidays: Kahlua hot cocoa marshmallows
  3. For the movie junkie: DIY popcorn seasonings
  4. For the sweet tooth: red velvet cupcake in a jar
  5. For the kid at heart: DIY gingerbread house kit
  6. For the health nut: spiced pumpkin granola
  7. For the gourmand: DIY flavored salts
  8. For the snacker: maple cinnamon spiced nuts
  9. For the chai connoisseur: homemade chai tea mix
  10. For spreading Christmas cheer: infused vodka

Because the winter season is just around the corner, the following edible gift is perfect; here is a great and easy edible gift that’ll be sure to warm up your taste buds!

Homemade Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix in Mini Mason Jars

Makes approx. 2 jars

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons nonfat dry milk

3 tablespoons peppermint-flavored dry coffee creamer

3 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 candy canes

¼ cup miniature marshmallows (approximately)

Directions

  1. Grind the powdered milk in a food processor or blender. Next, combine the nonfat dry milk, peppermint flavor dry coffee creamer, sugar and cocoa powder.
  2. Crush the candy canes very finely in a Ziploc bag. You can do this by using a heavy spoon or the bottom of a coffee mug.
  3. Split the cocoa powder mixture in half.
  4. Take a small mason jar, about 4 ounces, and layer the cocoa mix starting with 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix, 1 crushed candy cane and 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix. Top with mini marshmallows to your liking.
  5. When ready to consume, just add the cocoa mix to 16 oz. of hot water and enjoy!

After you complete your jar, you can decorate it by tying ribbons or yarn around the top of the jar, placing stickers on the lid, attaching labels or tags, and more. Be creative and artsy with your jar!

(Recipe adapted from Happy Hour Projects.)

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