Make-Ahead Monday: Hot Chocolate Bombs and Microwaveable Mitten Warmers

Advent Day 15, Make-Ahead Monday, Hot Chocolate Bombs and Microwavable Mitten Warmers
Make Ahead Monday
Hot Chocolate Bombs and Microwaveable Mitten Warmers
It’s been COOOOLLLD this winter. Today, we’re making “bombs” to toss into a glass of warm milk to make hot chocolate as well as these awesome patterned microwaveable hand warmers to keep our fingers cozy in a storm. Both are great for stocking stuffers and hostess or holiday gifts.

Here’s a sneak peek!!!!
DIY Microwaveable Mitten Warmers and Hot Chocolate Bombs

Aren’t they beautiful?

First up, the Hot Chocolate Bombs!

DIY Hot Chocolate Bombs from the Lunchbox Season...Just drop one or two into hot milk and voila! hot chocolate!
DIY Hot Chocolate Bombs
makes 10-15

Ingredients
2.5 c or 12-13 oz chocolate chips [mini-chips are great!] or high-quality bar chocolate, chopped.
1 c heavy cream
lightly sweetened cocoa powder, chipped candy canes, chopped chocolate, or icing sugar* for rolling

Method
Place cream in a medium saucepan and heat until bubbling but not scalded.
[If you’d like, you can give the chocolate a head start by micro-melting it in 1 minute intervals at 50%]
Remove cream from heat and pour over chocolate bits.
Let sit covered for 5-10 minutes, or until chocolate has melted completely.
Whisk until silky smooth.
[If chocolate has not melted, place over very low heat and stir until just melted or micro-melt at 50% in 1 minute increments.]
Use a spatula to transfer all of the mixture into a non-reactive container.
Seal tightly and refrigerate for 6-12 hours.

Place icing sugar, cocoa, candy cane chips or chopped chocolate in a small bowl.
Use a spoon or small ice-cream scoop to scoop out the truffle mixture into 1.5-in balls.
If necessary, roll with  cocoa- or icing-sugar-coated hands to make a good sphere.
Roll balls lightly in the bowl of sweetened cocoa, candy cane or chocolate bits, or icing sugar.*
Wrap bombs in plastic wrap or package bombs in small groups in plastic gift bags and refrigerate immediately.
To serve: Drop one or two bombs in a mug of hot milk, cream, or half-and-half, and stir.
Microwave mug of hot chocolate gently or heat contents in a pan over low heat to further melt if necessary.
*Note: Because of the moisture, the icing sugar tends to dull upon refrigeration.
We made ours into “snowballs” for immediate giving, but the other options listed above are better for long-term storage.

Hot Chocolate Bombs Visual DIY from The lunchbox season

And, now, on to our beautiful Microwaveable Hand Warmers…

DIY MIcrowaveable Mitten Warmers, from The Lunchbox Season

Microwaveable Mitten Warmers

Materials
100% cotton or 100% wool fabric, 16×9-in or 12×4-in.
100% cotton thread
Rice, dried grains, or dried beans
Optional: Essential Oil
Funnel
Scissors
Sewing Machine

Method
Cut four rectangles of fabric sized 2 3/4 inches by 4 inches.
Pin right sides of fabric to one another.
With 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew along three of the four sides of the rectangle.
Sew along the fourth side, leaving a 1/2 inch opening in the middle.
Trim the edges and corners of the fabric.
Pull the fabric right-side out to form a pouch.
Optional: Mix a few drops of essential oil into about 1/2 cup of dried grains or beans.
Funnel dried grains or beans into the pouch you have made.
Push grains/beans down tight into the sewn bottom of the pouch.
Be sure fabric is folded in and sew along the open edge of the pouch.
Et Voila!
To use:, microwave the hand warmers in 10-20 second intervals until warm.
Place in mittens.
Go for a walk in the cold!!!!

Microwaveable Hand Warmers Visual DIY

Isn’t the fabric stunning? [We picked it up at macFAB Sews on Queen East in Toronto!]

Wnat a little printable label for either project?
We’ve got that, too!
label for Make-ahead Monday goodies
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Quick Links
Summer lights :  Tinylbsholiday  :  Tiny iDB for footers

 Summer of Funner : The Lunchbox Season :  In Defense of Burning

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