Tonight are parent teacher conferences at Claire's school. A couple of weeks ago we gave the teachers mason jars of "Friendship Soup." Tonight they are getting Home Made Hot Chocolate mix. It is so easy and you can make a ton with the recipe.
4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup non-dairy coffee creamer
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 (4 ounce) package instant chocolate fudge pudding
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. If a finer consistency is desired, you can pour the mix into a blender or food processor and run it through that. Store in an airtight container. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup (depending on your cocoa preference) of the mix to an 8 ounce mug of boiling water.
I added marshmallows to the top, made sticky labels and tied on the instructions. I got all of the ingredients at Aldi which means it was really cheap. About $2.50 for the large jar size.
Then I made cookies. (Yes. I know. I was motivated.)
1 box chocolate cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
semi-sweet chocolate chips - 1 cup more or less
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Mix up the first three ingredients, and then stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop the dough in small palls onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes.
I hope that the teachers enjoy their pick me up after meeting with all of the parents tonight.
These would also be great gifts for Sunday School teachers, bus drivers, piano teachers... Just remember that Handmade and Heartfelt is the way to go this gift giving season.