Hot chocolate with cookies and biscotti – gifts for giving

For religious reasons I don’t drink tea, coffee or alcohol. Hot chocolate is something I really enjoy, and where a lot of my beverage excitement lies. My family uses the phrase ‘hot choc o’clock’ when we’re together, it’s late afternoon and everyone needs a little pick-me-up. It’s a thing. And you don’t want to miss it.

Hot chocolate powder fits nicely in a Kilner jar with marshmallows on top, and I thought biscotti would go nicely with hot chocolate because they have good staying power – lasting a few dips, rather than melting away. I also made some chocolate orange cookies, just because I really like making them, and I find that orange extract makes them orangey enough, without getting complicated.

I like to keep packaging really basic. Firstly becuase I prefer how it looks, and secondly because it keeps things cheap. Greaseproof paper with jute and a sticker works really well, and I love Kilner jars of all shapes and sizes.

Add flakes, flavoured syrup and squirty cream to really crank up the fancy factor.

Happy giving!

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  1. 13th December 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Yummy! I love this Esther! So creative.

    • Esther
      17th December 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Thanks Ang xx

    • Esther
      17th December 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Nothing worse than fishing for remnants! Haha! x

  2. 13th December 2016 / 7:50 pm

    I did not think I’ve ever had biscotti… this looks lovely, I love homemade jars of hot chocolate, I want to get baking more what’s the chocolate orange cookie recipe? I am a huge fan of that wrapping too, so cost effective but much more pretty looking 😊

    • Esther
      17th December 2016 / 10:43 pm

      I agree! So cheap, but simple and effective – thank you! You must try biscotti! x

  3. 14th December 2016 / 10:51 am

    Oh how lovely! What a gorgeous gift idea. I’m going to have to try biscotti with hot chocolate too now! I don’t eat marsh mallows but love a hot choc on a cold day.

    • Esther
      17th December 2016 / 10:42 pm

      I agree! On a cold day, it is just the thing to warm you up! Biscotti is delicious and well worth the effort xx

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