Friday, October 23, 2009

Homemade Gift #2 The Best Hot Chocolate Syrup!

Greetings all! Ok , today is Friday and you know what that means! It's homemade gift idea day! Today is for a wonderful hot chocolate syrup that I just know you are going to love. Let's get Started shall we?

Supply list:
1 quart canning jar w/ lid
some sort of suitable tag for instructions
2 cups sugar
1 cup Hershey's cocoa
1 1/3 cups hot water
1/4 teaspoon salf
vanilla extract to taste ( imitation if you like ,but the real stuff is better)

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in medium saucepan, stir in water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils; boil 2 minutes. Add vanilla and stir in. Set aside to cool. When cooled, pour into jar. Tighten the lid and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to give to the recipient.

Next, using the lid as a guide , cut a circle of fabric giving about 2" or so past the lid's edge. Next, take the tag and write the directions on the back as follows: Add as much syrup as you like to hot milk.The more chocolatety the better! On the front of the tag you can add a sticker or whatever you have that looks cute, if you're not using one that is already decorated. I wrote BRR on mine. If you are using a tag without a hole, you'll need to make a small one in the top corner that will hang from the jar. Cut a length of ribbon and thread one end through the hole on the tag. Center the circle of fabric on the top of the jar ,while holding in place , carefully add the ribbon and scoot the tag past where you will be tying the bow and tie in a bow . You're done!

*** As you can probably tell by the picture, I only made half a batch to show you how to make it, and I used a smaller jar . You'll want to make sure that you either make the whole batch or use a jar small enough to use what you are giving. No one wants a half -filled jar. This is a great recipe and can be used all year long. If you want to go a little more elaborate with your gift , you can also give different flavorings along with the syrup such as nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe a litte bag of marshmallows, or some mugs. I think most people in general would be pleased that you took the time to make them something.

Hope you have fun with this one!

'til next time,

Happy stitching!



  1. Oh my gosh --- I'm definitely trying this one. But, it won't be a gift. It's for ME!!!!

  2. Thanks again for sharing a marvelous gift idea!

    Love the fabric you found for your Little House piece. Perfect match!

    Your pink exchange looks great. Neat idea with the lingerie bag.

  3. It looks so good, right now
    Thanks for sharing!
    I love the idea of homemade gift idea's on Friday!!

  4. What a wonderful recipe and idea, Sharlotte! Thank you!

    Your finishes from the previous post are so pretty, congrats!

  5. This looks fabulous. I can't resist trying exspecially since it is cold and dark here in Northeast Iowa today. A pan of brownies and some vanilla ice cream and I will be set dessert tonight. Thanks.

  6. Hey Sharlotte, you are such a clever gal. I could go for some of that hotta chocolate about now. I just came in from vacuuming (mowing) our lawn and raking up all the leaves on the driveway and street. Quite the project!!! Thanks for the fun idea.

  7. This one has me craving hot chocolate now, it looks so yummy!

  8. Oh my, that looks luscious. Thx for that post!

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