|Regardless of my love for orange, believe me when I say that those ribbons are red!|
Basically, you melt chocolate chips (I had 3 bags from my Tom Thumb trip yesterday), dip a spoon in, set it on a tray, and stick it in the freezer to set. I made 3 flavors of spoons: milk chocolate, butterscotch, and semi-sweet, since I had those flavors of chips on hand. I chose to use a tall slender cup to heat the chips, rather than a short squat mug, so that I could use less but still cover the bowl of the spoon completely. Once the chocolate was melted, I just dunked the spoons in, tapped to get a bit of the excess off, and set them on a flexible cutting board sprayed with cooking spray so they wouldn't stick.
|Milk chocolate and butterscotch spoons|
Other than the chocolate, there are only a few things you need for a project like this. Spoons for dipping, plastic to wrap around the chocolaty part, mugs/cups, ribbon, and anything else you want to put in the cup. Here's what my supplies looked like:
|Everything you need, except the cups|
I had no cellophane bags to put the spoons in (yep, that lack of planning ahead thing!), and Tom Thumb didn't have any either. Rather than drive to a bunch of different stores looking for them and getting Pooh out of and back into his carseat multiple times, I instead bought a pack of sandwich size ziplocs, cut the zippers off, and tied them up with red ribbon that I had on hand. Of course I curled the ribbon with scissors like my mama taught me to do.
I thought about going out and finding some cute Christmas coffee cups, but since I've gotten those multiple times as teacher gifts, I didn't think that was a great idea. First, it's way too typical. Every teacher gets several Christmas mugs every year. Second, Christmas mugs can only be used for a limited period of time. Third, it would cost me money, and time that I did not have. Finally, we had an elegant option already in our home. My sister Amy got married a few months ago, and we shamelessly raided her house for anything we thought we could use. We had taken a simple set of white dishes, most of which we use regularly. However, the set has 2 sizes of cups, which I assume are teacups and coffeecups. We use the larger ones all the time, but have never really used the small ones at all. So, we simply used those.
While I wouldn't have headed out to purchase more to go in these mugs, I had tons of instant coffee sticks on hand that I got on sale at Tom Thumb this week. So I took a few sticks of each flavor and added them to the cups. Then I stuck one spoon of each flavor in, tied a red ribbon around the cup, and it was done!
|The finished product|
Also, it was cheap! Here's an in-the-ballpark-but-not-exact breakdown:
cups: free (already had them)
ribbon: free (had it on hand)
chocolate chips: $1 (probably less - I paid $0.99 per bag, and I used less than 1/3 of each bag)
ziplocs: $1 ($2 for a pack of 100, and I used less than 50 of them)
instant coffee: $1.20 (I paid $0.99 for a pack of 20, and I used 6 sticks per cup, so 24 total)
All told, that makes the 4 gifts less than $5 total, plus I have about 20 more spoons since I just kept making them until I ran out of the chocolate that I had melted. Wahoo! A fun but frugal holiday coffee treat!