Two years ago around this time, a little brown box wrapped in baker's twine arrived at our doorstep. Inside, we found packets of gourmet hot cocoa and giant marshmallows. We devoured the warm treat, but I've held onto the brilliant idea, compliments of our amazing wedding planner Rebecca Stone. And this year, I'm stealing it.
If you're close to a Crate & Barrel, and you love it like I do, you can give this concept a peppermint twist, simply and inexpensively. To start:
Peppermint marshmallow pops = $7.95 for 4 (btw: white choc-covered-marshmallows with a pepp crust.)
Peppermint plaid dish towel = $3.95 (on sale now!)
Add to the peppermint treats a couple packets of your favorite hot chocolate mix. I bought a box of Swiss Miss dark chocolate cocoa on a market run, which yielded 8 packets for less than $3.
To wrap, use the dish towel as your vessel, cut some cellophane and a ribbon and wrap two packets of cocoa plus two pepp sticks inside, like a bottle of wine. Maybe throw on a festive tag that you DIY'd.
PS: While you're at The Crate, check out a few other hostess gift ideas. I also recently tried - for the first time - their sea salt caramels. I don't know what took me so long, but these are now my new go-to, chocolate-y gift for the season. YUM.