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3 Handmade Christmas Chocolate Gifts


Christmas is approaching and it’s only a matter of days before we get to gobble down the very first chocolate in our advent calendars. There is always something quite wonderful about waking up extra early just to have that little bite of heaven. It’s the time of year to indulge in mouth-watering treats and celebrate giving. Why not collaborate the two and make some edible chocolatey Christmas gifts at home? There is no need to go shopping when you can add a little bit of Christmas spirit and love into your own scrumptious goodies. 

We have put together 3 ideas to help you make some Christmas chocolate luxuries for all those foodie friends and you don’t have to be a Michelin chef to get started on these. 


6 Hand Crafted Hot Chocolate Sticks 

Ingredients

300g dark, milk and/or white chocolate 
Topping decorations can include coconut, fudge pieces, white chocolate buttons, mini marshmallows, and chopped hazelnuts  
6 cupcake cases
6 empty petit Filous mini yoghurt pots 
6 wooden lolly sticks
Sunflower oil 
Cellophane 
Ribbon 
6 gift tags 

Method

1) Use a brush to paint a layer of sunflower oil on the insides of each yoghurt pot. 
2) Add your chocolate squares to a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water. Stir the chocolate until runny. 
3) Pour the melted chocolate into the yoghurt pots and add a lolly stick to the middle of each pot. Use a pencil to poke through the centre of each cake case and slide the cake case through the lollipop sticks.   
4) Place the pots in the fridge overnight and pull the chocolate sticks from the pots. Peel off each of the cake cases and wrap in cellophane. For that extra special touch, tie with a pretty ribbon and gift tag. 


Creamy Chocolate Vegan Fudge 
Ingredients
350g Icing sugar 
75g cocoa powder 
75ml soya milk
100g coconut oil 
Small cellophane bags 
Red Ribbon 

Method

1) Line a square tin (approximately 18cm) with 2 layers of clingfilm leaving at least 2cm excess around the tin. 
2) Stir icing sugar, cocoa powder, soya milk and coconut oil in a heatproof bowl and place over a bowl of barely simmering water. 
3) Once the mixture is all melted and smooth, pour into the tin and leave to cool for 30 mins. Score the fudge into 36 squares and leave to chill for an additional 2 hours. 
4) Peel back the cling film and cut the 36 squares, remove the fudge and place 4-5 pieces in a small cellophane bag with a piece of red ribbon tied into a bow. 


DIY Hot Choc in a Jar 
Ingredients per jar

4 squares of milk or dark chocolate chopped into chunks
2 tbs demerara sugar 
3 tbsp cocoa powder 
Mini marshmallows 
Ribbon 
Gift tags 
Empty glass jars 

Method

1) Fill the empty and sterilised jars with chopped chocolate. Add the layer of sugar and then the layer of cocoa powder.
2) Place a small handful of marshmallows on the top and add a lid.
3) Decorate with ribbon and a gift tag. 

These 3 incredible treats make the perfect edible Christmas gifts for all your loved ones and anything associated with chocolate is bound to make them smile! If you are interested in finding local Kent produce for any recipes this Christmas, why not read 8 Tasty and Traditional Kentish Foods. 
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