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.