DIY Gift: Creamsicle Marshmallows with Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix

Spicy hot cocoa mix with creamsicle marshmallows #holidays #diygift #foodgifts

Marshmallows feel like such a wintery food for me.  I know that a lot of you might immediately think “s’mores” when you consider marshmallows, but I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan.  I’m not sure why…I love marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers individually, and I like s’mores flavored desserts, but the actual s’mores? Meh.

So for the most part, I make marshmallows exclusively in the winter. They were the first candy recipe I mastered, and I love playing with different flavor variations.

Creamsicle marshmallows #holidays #diygift #foodgifts

Heather and I were discussing what goes well with citrus the other night (we’re both on a quest to eat all the citrus this winter!) and the orange-chili combo came up.  It seemed like the perfect twist for my hot cocoa mix + homemade marshmallows gift.

Now, who wants to come over for a spicy hot cocoa with creamsicle marshmallows? I have plenty!

Creamsicle marshmallows #holidays #diygift #foodgifts… 

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DIY Gift: Nacho Kit

DIY Gift: Nacho Gift #diygift #foodgift #holidays

I went a bit overboard on my salsa canning this summer.  For real.  We have roasted tomato salsa, corn salsa, peach salsa and pear salsa stashed in the basement, and there is more than enough to carry us through the winter and spring. So I’m sharing my salsa with some friends to spread the love.

Everyone gets plenty of cookies and fudge and other sweet treats going through their kitchen in December, so it can be nice to receive something savory.  Especially when it isn’t something that needs to be eaten right-this-very-second, and can be saved to bring some brightness to January. So, let’s give some friends and relatives a DIY nacho kit!

DIY Gift: Nacho Gift #diygift #foodgift #holidays

In mine, I’m including a jar of salsa (or two!), some pickled jalapeños, a can of beans and a small bag of tortilla chips.  If you’re giving to local friends, you could add a block of cheddar or queso cheese, but I wouldn’t recommend mailing that if you can avoid it.   Now all they’ll need to do is add some meat (if they want it) and some cheese (if you didn’t include it), and they’ll have delicious nachos ready to go for a quick snack or dinner!

For the jalapeños, I used this recipe from Food in Jars, though I removed the seeds from the peppers and sliced them into coins instead of halves.  

We’re entering into the final stretch before the holidays, and I have just a few more quick food gift ideas for you on Wednesday and Thursday.  Then on Friday, I’ll have a round-up of all the DIY food gifts you can make over the weekend, just in time for gift-giving.  In the meantime, have a happy, festive Tuesday!

More DIY gift ideas:

Popcorn Kit

Hot Cocoa and Chocolate Mixes with Maple Marshmallows

Seasoned Salt Pack (with Printable)

Cocktail Kit

Chai-Infused Sugar