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Who wouldn’t love receiving a personalized mug with hot chocolate for the holidays? Last year I went a little off the deep-end and made these gift sets for over 20 teachers at our sons preschool. Despite the number I made, they were surprisingly easy to make and very well-recieved.
I went to Goodwill and stocked up on white mugs for $1 a piece. I found a few sets of 6 mugs and then I rounded out the group with a few individual mugs that were high quality. I washed all the mugs to get them ready for personalization.
To personalize the mugs, I used a Pebeo porcelaine marker designed for decorating ceramics. I printed each letter onto full sheet label paper with my laser printer. I cut out each letter. I stuck the letter on the mug, then I “traced” each letter with dots using the porcelaine pen. I removed the letter sticker before the ink dried. I baked the mugs all together according to the directions on the pen to set the ink.
I followed this amazing hot chocolate on a stick recipe from the Giver’s Log. It worked out perfectly. AmberLee shows a variety of molds to use for the chocolate. I decided to keep it simple and use mini muffin tins. When I released the cooled chocolate from the tin, I set each hot chocolate on a stick into a mini cupcake wrapper.
I got these clear cellophane bags at Michaels. I loaded each one up with the personalized mug, two hot chocolates on a stick, a candy cane, and a tiny bag of marshmallows. For the marshmallows, I used smaller clear cellophane snack bags filled with small marshmallows. I ran some ribbon through my Xyron sticker machine to create seals for the marshmallow bags. To seal the larger bag, I designed and printed simple labels on sticker paper. The labels included directions for making hot chocolate and a spot to put To and From. I folded the top of the cellophane and then applied the labels over the fold.
P.S. If you don’t want to make the chocolate yourself, AmberLee opened a shop called Ticket Chocolate where you can buy a variety of chocolates on a stick in beautiful packaging :)