Our first apartment was a loft (aka: attic)/studio apartment above a dental office. Our only neighbors were the folks at Taco Time and Pizza Perfect. Lucky us. Now that we have our own house, we also have a real neighborhood. And that means… neighbor gifts! When trying to decide what to give out for our first Christmas in the neighborhood, I settled on something I would love to get: Hot Cocoa. I loooooove hot cocoa. I drink it all. year. round. no matter the weather. That is not a joke, I absolutely promise I drank hot cocoa at least seven times when we went on our cruise to the Eastern Caribbean last year. Crazy? Maybe a little.
These Peppermint Cocoa Christmas Ornaments were easy to make and they turned out so CUTE. In fact, I’m contemplating keeping all of them and hanging them on my Christmas tree! Imagine a whole tree with these adorable ornaments all over. Ahhhhh, I love it! But, I’d feel bad because I have nothing else to give my neighbors… so I suppose I’ll have to part with them at some point. I could always make more though! They were cheap, easy, and it took me less than an hour to put them together. Yay!
- clear round christmas ornaments
- hot cocoa powder (I used milk chocolate)
- mini marshmallows
- candy canes, crushed
- small funnel
- Carefully remove the tops of the ornaments and set aside. Place one ornament in a small bowl to keep it from tipping over. Place the spout of the funnel into the opening of the ornament. Pour 5-6 tablespoons hot chocolate into the funnel and shake gently to get cocoa into the ornament. Add 1 tablespoon crushed candy canes. Remove the funnel and drop about 10 mini marshmallows into the ornament. Carefully put the top back into the ornament. Repeat process with remaining ornaments.
- Optional: When finished, glue one piece of ribbon around the top and use another piece of ribbon (about 6-8 inches long) to tie a bow onto the ring.