Maybe that's why I decided to make a lot of my own Christmas gifts this year. Sweet Francisco has seen an explosion of business in the past few months and we are overwhelmed by the help and support that we have gotten, not only from wedding vendors and event planners, but from friends and family who have spent nights in the kitchen helping us bake 600 cookies, and coming over for surprise visits with wine and puppies when I am absolutely exhausted from the stress of having two full-time jobs. Dave and I are thankful for each and every one of the amazing people in our lives, which is why we came up with the idea to create homemade hot chocolate gift boxes this year.
We filled some adorable little boxes with hand crafted (okay, I just wrote on them with Sharpies and baked them in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes) holiday chocolate mugs filled with homemade hot chocolate powder. We also threw in a little mason jar full of homemade salted caramel and a handful of DELICIOUS Sarah Bernhardt cakes. Seriously. Have you had those cakes? Daaaammmnnnn gurl. They are gooooood (and gluten-free!).
They are heavenly little bites of almond meringue cookies, mounded with an espresso coffee cream, and dipped in chocolate. Dave ate one with his coffee this morning and nearly died, they are so good. Pretty sure they will be even better when paired with a piping hot cup of salted caramel hot chocolate.
We filled little cellophane bags with hot chocolate mix, stamped a few mini cloth bags with some adorable stamps, and stuffed the chocolate inside.
Look at how cute they are! Especially when they are sitting next to our fun handcrafted mugs! And that stamp! Yes, it says "Happy Owlidays". I love that owls are so in this year.
Pair that with some salted caramel. My mouth is watering.
Here is the whole box. I kind of love it. I wish I could give one to myself.
So fun! I hope everyone we give them to enjoys them as much as we enjoyed making them. There is something so satisfying about crafting something that you know will bring joy to someone else. Maybe that is why I'm a baker. There is just so much love in food.
Happy holidays everyone. And thank you to all of you who have made this such an incredible year for Sweet Francisco. We appreciate you more than we can say.
I'll put more recipes up soon, but here is a little something to warm up your Christmas morning. Just add a few tablespoons to a mug of hot milk and enjoy. :)
Sweet Francisco Hot Chocolate Mix
Sift all ingredients together and combine. Store in an air tight container and drink with loved ones!
Recipe adapted from Alton Brown