So last year I saw the cute Cocoa in a bag gifts...at about $4 a pop...ummm cute but no thank you.
It was one of the things I kept in the back of my mind to make for this Holiday season...
and make I did
Don't they look yummy and they are oh so easy to make...
What do you need:
Cocoa Mix - you can either buy a big tub of Swiss Miss or Herseys or you can attempt to make your own using Sugar, Cocoa Powder and Dry Milk - there are tons of different recipies out there to make your own - in order to stufle the craziness I just used a big tub of Swiss Miss from the local warehouse store
Milk Chocolate Morsels - make sure you get milk chocolate, not semi sweet - you can also use other chocolatly goodness items - such as white chocolate, chopped up Andes Mints, etc...
Mini Marshmallows - I managed to score a HUGE bag at the local warehouse store for under $3 - I made 50 of these bags and still have a ton of mini marshmallows
Cone Bags - I bought my bags through Clearbags - they are a food grade bag - BUT you can also use the cone bags that you can buy at any craft store that are used for frosting - the main difference is the frosting bags are made of a thicker plastic material
Small Clear Elastic bands - you can buy these in the beauty section at your local CVS, Walgreens, etc...
Assorted Ribbon and Tags
So now that you have all your items it is time to assemble
Take one Cone bag and fill with enough Cocoa mix for TWO cups of Cocoa - I found the best way to do this was to pull out about 5-6 of my tall glass drinking glasses - insert the cone bag and fold the top over the rim of the glass and fill with cocoa powder.
Tie off the bag using a Clear Elastic Band and cut down the top so it is about 1/2 inch above the elastic band.
Insert the Cocoa filled cone into another cone bag - Once again I used the tall glasses to have the cones stand sort of upright.
Put a hearty scoop of chocolate morsals and then a hearty scoop of marshmallows on top and close with another Clear Elastic Band.
Decorate with an embellished tag and some festive ribbon.
My cost for this project of 50 of them came to about .75 cent a piece...much better than $4 a pop.