Chocolate Lover’s Gift Basket

Chocolate Lover’s Gift Basket

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I am in love with this gift basket I made for my mother in law’s birthday this week. I spent weeks scanning pinterest and reading recipes for a chocolate lover’s gift basket. I finally decided on these four things to make:

Chocolate Raspberry Jam

I divided this recipe into thirds to make a smaller batch. I did this because I didn’t know if I would like it or not and raspberries are too expensive here to risk wasting that many. But I wish I would have made the whole batch now because I really love this jam. This doesn’t call for any pectin and I would highly recommend this recipe to someone who has never made jam before. It’s very very easy to make and is easy to work with if it doesn’t come out just perfect the first time (but I bet it will).

Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

I have never had these before. But they seemed like something worth making. Really, I don’t even know if my mother in law likes them. But again, they seemed worth making. Shane thought these were gross. I thought they tasted good but I don’t like the texture of the espresso bean. So I asked my friend (who actually likes chocolate covered espresso beans) to taste them for me. She said they were good and tasted like most other kinds she has had. I am warming up to them slowly.

Chocolate Lip Scrub

A-MA-ZING. Seriously. Go make this (it takes less than 5 minutes to make and I bet you have all the ingredients in your cupboard) and you will be in love. I still can’t get over how easy it was to make and how amazing it feels on my lips. Okay, stop reading this and go make it. Come back when you’re done.

Tootsie Rolls

Did you notice the little wrapped candies surrounding the jars? These don’t really taste like tootsie rolls but they are equally as yummy. This was a very easy recipe to make that the kids were able to be part of every step of the way. They even loved wrapping them up in the parchment paper. I will definitely be making these again. I just love the fact that I can make a candy and know exactly what ingredients are in it. Especially when we have so many allergies in the family, it’s just nice to have such a short list of ingredients in something so yummy 🙂 These are adaptable, too. You can decide how chewy or sweet you want them. This is a great recipe. And it only took about 5 minutes to make, 10 minutes to set, then a half hour or so to wrap all the candies. It looks like a small batch but it made about 40 candies. It all depends on the size you want them. One thing I noticed after I made these was that a lot of people said they ran the powdered milk through a food processor first to make it less “grainy”. I didn’t do this. I think I might the next time just to see if I like that consistency better but it tastes good even without doing that.

Got any more chocolate lover’s recipes that make great gifts? I’d love to hear them! I love making gifts especially when they’re edible. Let me know if you make any of these recipes and what you think of them!

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