MASON JAR HOT CHOCOLATE DIY CHRISTMAS GIFTS {gluten, dairy, egg, nut & soy free}

This mason jar hot chocolate makes the perfect edible Christmas gift. With a simple hot chocolate mix, chopped dark chocolate and homemade marshmallows, this simple yet thoughtful DIY gift will be loved by all – even by the grinchiest of Grinches!

Mason Jar Hot Chocolate DIY Christmas Gifts {gluten, dairy, egg, nut & soy free} - This mason jar hot chocolate makes the perfect edible DIY Christmas gift. With a simple hot chocolate mix, chopped dark chocolate and homemade marshmallows, this simple yet thoughtful DIY gift will be loved by all – even the grinchiest of Grinches!

It’s (finally) December – so turn up the Christmas music and let’s talk Christmas gifts. But not just any old Christmas gifts, na-ah. Edible Christmas gifts.

There’s something remarkably heart-warming about giving gifts one can eat. It’s like you’re saying: “Look, you’re super duper important to me and I’m expressing my love by supplying you with amazingly, mouthwateringly delicious food. Aren’t I the best (insert relation here) EVER?”

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HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX {gluten, dairy, egg, nut & soy free, ref. sugar free option, vegan, paleo option}

This homemade hot chocolate mix makes the most delicious, decadent, luscious hot chocolate. It’s definitely a go-to on a cold, dreary day – after all, homemade hot chocolate is the ultimate comfort drink.

Luscious, decadent homemade hot chocolate being poured into a white cup from a red saucepan. Bunches of holly and Christmas baubles give a Christmas atmosphere to the photo.

It’s been a long day, friends. A long day in a series of long days. You know what would make this long day a whole lot better? A blanket nest, a good book and, of course, hot chocolate. With some homemade marshmallows. Now doesn’t that just sound… heavenly.

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HOW TO MAKE MARSHMALLOWS {gluten, dairy, egg, nut & soy free}

White, fluffy, sweet, sticky and entertainingly bouncy – who doesn’t love marshmallows? We usually stick to the store-bought ones… the sickly sweet, questionable tasting ones. What if I told you that making your own homemade marshmallows is one of the easiest things in the world, and that you’ll love every minute of it? Interested? Well, read on to find out how to make marshmallows – with step-by-step pictures and instructions!

Two white, fluffy marshmallows, partially stacked on top of each other are in the front, with more marshmallows and cookie cutters in the background. Red and gold Christmas baubles in the background give a pop of colour.

I have this slightly backwards, don’t I? The basics should come before the fancy pancy added-flavour recipe, right? Oh, well – the story of my life. Why make things simple and start from the beginning, when you can make things complex and confuse everyone (including yourself)?

Nevertheless, here we are, seeking answers for the question of how to make marshmallows.

The simple answer: easily, without fuss and quite quickly, too.

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HEALTHY NO-BAKE GINGERBREAD COOKIE DOUGH BITES {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & ref. sugar free, vegan, paleo}

These no-bake gingerbread cookie dough bites are the perfect healthy Christmas dessert or snack. Easy and quick to make, they take only 15 minutes to prepare. And while they may be gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar free, as well as vegan and paleo – they are also super rich, buttery, sweet, aromatic and utterly decadent! (Plus, they make the most amazing edible Christmas gift!)

Healthy No-Bake Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & refined sugar free, vegan, paleo} - These no-bake gingerbread cookie dough bites are the perfect healthy Christmas dessert or snack. Easy and quick to make, they take only 15 minutes to prepare. And while they may be healthy – they are also super rich, buttery, sweet, aromatic and utterly decadent! (Plus, they make the most amazing edible DIY Christmas gift!)

Today marks precisely one year since I’ve pressed the Publish button on my very first post on The Loopy Whisk. It feels like 5 minutes… and 10 years have passed since then. Time’s a funny thing. I am now a 2nd year PhD student, still making a mess in the lab and an even greater mess in the kitchen. I have tried my hand at more new, exciting recipes than ever before, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

There have been many recipes that made me go WHOATHISISAMAZING, and many that went straight into the trash. I’ve bounced round the kitchen like an over-excited puppy, and I’ve had my share of mini meltdowns when something just wouldn’t work.

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