Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate....mmmmmmmmmmm....

Good morning!
I am so happy to share an altered item with you - I saved tons of different containers of all shapes and sizes with great intentions of someday altering them.... Well, I finally got around to "repurposing" this container that my hubby got peanuts in last Christmas. Truthfully, I didn't get it made until after Christmas, but that's okay because it is for someone we haven't seen yet.
I used some DCWV paper from a big stack I have as well as a super cute Snag Em stamp from Imaginisce. It felt so good to color with my copics, I think I've been having withdrawl....not having time to do much coloring the last while. The stamp used on the lid is from a SU set. I used cranberry ribbon on the first version and a different chocoloate colored one on the second. I prefer the chocolate myself. Of course, I had to add some stickles here and there. I thought they looked especially nice on the heart on the mug. :)
***I wanted to add a Thank You to Laurel from Laurel's Place, for prompting me to enter this in Get Sketchy's Trash to Treasure Challenge. Thanks Laurel! I really should pay more attention to challenges!***
I photographed this with the insides out - the hot chocolate in the cello bag fits in side the tin. If you are interested in the recipe, it is as follows:
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate:
2 cups non-fat dry milk powder
3/4 cup white sugar (I added about 1/4 cup of icing sugar as well)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsps. cinnamon (generous tsps.)
mini marshmallows as desired
On the tag, attach the following instructions:
Add 3 or 4 tbsps mix to a mug of boiling water. Stir and enjoy!
I made the recipe, then tested it with my boys to get feedback. Adjust to your taste. The original recipe asked for only 1/2 cup of cocoa, but we thought it needed more. We also added the cinnamon from a suggestion I had seen elsewhere. For me, it was what made it perfect. I added two heaping teaspoons. I like this enough, I think I will make a big batch to share for Valentine's Day - it has cinnamon in it after all - and where I live, we are still in the coldest part of winter in mid-February! p.s. We also like whipped cream on ours - why not, we don't drink it everyday...
Hope you are having a wonderful day!


  1. love this and will have to try the recipe!

  2. haha. yea. I think I have a "note to self" every year to start earlier. Of course during the "earlier" part of the year I'm doing a million other things. So i guess I'll stick with midnight sewing :).
    thanks for stopping by MADE!
    - dana

    Happy New Year to you too!

  3. Love your tins !!! So cute. Great recipe, thanks for sharing it. That little mug is too cute. I agree nothing is more therapeutic than coloring.

  4. what a gorgeous container and the inside sounds delish :D

  5. That is an awesome recipe and your altered tin is fabulous!

  6. What a great gift. I love it and thanks for the recipe.

  7. This is a great little gift idea! Beautifully done! Thanks for the recipe! Sounds delicious!

  8. Mmmm, looks so good! Did you enter it in the Get Sketchy challenge? You should. Also enter the Basic Gray giveaway while you are there, make sure to say I sent you! ;)

  9. Very nice! You won't be going through withdrawls after tonight! Can't wait to see this in person.

  10. cute, cute, cute...what a wonderful giftie! Thanks for joining us over at Get Sketchy!

  11. Lovely gift-box and a yummie recipe!
    Thanks for playing at GS!

    Happy 2010!

  12. This is a wonderful gift looks very pretty!
    thanks for playing!


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