two quick gifts in a jar ideas: muddy buddies recipe & grown-up hot cocoa

it's the week before christmas & we are feeling oh so festive around these parts!

drinking hot cocoa with marshmallows every single night.
enjoying dinners by candlelight & holiday parties with loved ones.
watching christmas movies under warm blankets.
surprising friends with secret gifts by their front doors.
leaving baked goodies for the mailman.
baking, making, wrapping & gifting. 

& so much more. 

today i thought i'd share two fun gifts in a jar ideas for quick presents just in time for christmas! 

this recipe for chocolate candy cane muddy buddies is so delicious & inspired by my gal pal, katy. we gifted jars of muddy buddies to our neighbors & mailman. it's inexpensive & perfect for those in need of a little sweet treat!

- peppermint candies
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 package ghiradella melting chocolate
- 1 tsp real peppermint oil
- 1 box corn chex
- around 1 cup powder sugar

to make:
melt butter in a saucepan. add chocolate & allow to melt completely. while your chocolate is melting, add the peppermint candies to a ziplock bag & thoroughly crush with a rolling pin into very fine pieces. set aside. 

once your chocolate is fully melted, add peppermint oil & stir to combine. pour your chex cereal into a bowl & pour the chocolate on top. mix until your chex cereal is completely coated in chocolate. add powder sugar & the crushed peppermint candies. stir until all of the chex cereal is covered in candies & powder sugar. allow to cool. 

we filled large mason jars with muddy buddies & decorated our jars with fabric tops. a cute tag & string made this little sweet treat gift extra special. 

next up is this fun mason jar recipe for grown-up hot cocoa! 

this gift was created for a $5 or under secret santa gift exchange. this gift is especially perfect for those men in your life who enjoy a good drink during the holidays! 

- pre-made hot cocoa mix (you can make your own, too. here's a great recipe that we love!)
- marshmallows
- candy cane
- mini bailey's bottle
- large mason jar

to make:
pour the hot cocoa mix into the jar & add marshmallows to the top. screw on the lid & tie a candy cane, the bailey's mini bottle & a cute labeled tag with twine. gift with love! so simple & so fun! 

what are some quick & easy gifts for loved ones you have up your sleeve this year? please share!



lisa valinsky said...

You always have the cutest gift ideas! Love this, and love the baker's twine.

Amy H said...

What quantity of peppermint candies do you use for the muddy buddies?
They sound so yummy! The kids in my family would love this :)

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