Monday, 10 December 2012

Hot chocolate spoons - you sexy thing!

Last week I whetted your appetite with some items myself and a friend got in a job lot at auction.

A few of you asked to see the pretty china, so I'm going to show you it today, and show you what we've done with it.

We've come up with a pretty nifty and thrifty Christmas gift idea.  

There were a total of 10 trios, and 2 spare tea plates and 2 spare saucers, so that's enough to make up 10 gift sets and 2 cake stands!!

I purchase some lovely teaspoons from Glenda at Cutlery and Catering which work out at a very reasonable £1 each (plus postage).  Yes, you could source second hand teaspoons, but trying to find attractive ones in bulk in a charity shop is no easy task!

I dipped each teaspoon in melted 70% dark chocolate, allowed to set and then dipped again to ensure there was adequate chocolate to make a deliciously smooth cup of hot chocolate.



I did try making them in shaped silicone moulds/ice cube trays, but despite trying 2 different methods of tempering the chocolate, I couldn't prevent the chocolate from going bloomy inside the mould.  Dipping them was much easier, even taking into account suspending them up to set!



We added a handful of mini pink and white marshmallows, and tied them and the spoon up in cellophane.

Pop the chocolate spoon inside the teacup, finish with a pretty matching ribbon, and there you have a gorgeous vintage tea trio with a hot chocolate spoon.



To use, simply swirl the spoon in hot milk for a few minutes until melted, sprinkle your marshmallows on top and enjoy!

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Also, check out Lulastic's fabulous Recycled Christmas linky for loads more ideas gift ideas which won't cost the earth, and Fi's Homemade Christmas linky.


Me and My Shadow

27 comments:

  1. what an amaze balls idea! I love it! smarty pants you!

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  2. Great idea, and the trios look so pretty all packaged up like that. Where's the linky, Liz? Am I being thick?

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    1. Haha thanks Caroline, no, you're not being thick, it didn't save the code. I've re-added it now x

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    2. Thank you! Glad I wasn't having a blonde moment!!

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    1. Thanks Mama! I perhaps shouldn't have shared on here, I might have spoilt the surprise for my friends and family x

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  4. Nice idea and a lot quicker than candles ;)

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    1. I love doing candles too ... but I love chocolate more! x

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  5. That is a lovely idea! What a lovely gift and a great way of using our spoons. Thank you for mentioning us.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely spoons Glenda. They're so pretty and elegant and look beautiful with the cups x

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  6. Thats great, and it looks lovely all together in the set too. Well done! xx

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    1. Thank you, I'm really pleased with how the look. Course, I had to 'test' one too, and I'm VERY happy with how they taste! x

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  7. What a clever gift idea! Enjoyed reading about your auction trip and winning the china - can just imagine how exciting it must have been finding that little box in among everything else x

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  8. Such pretty china! What a lovely idea! x

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  9. Fabulous!!!! Such cute wrapping too!

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  10. Such a great idea! That sounds awesome and looks great :)

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  11. Awh, what a lovely idea! they look so pretty all wrapped up too. A lovely vintage gift!

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  12. What the devil is the sunday stealing link in the linky, I was just reading everyone post, and couldn't understand what it was all about?

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  13. What a lovely gift, you are so clever!

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  14. Fantastic idea - and thanks for showing us what didn't work as well as how you got the end result x

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  15. I love these & wanted to make some like it but left it too late to get some nice kids spoons. Will definitely try & start earlier next year!

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  16. I love this - what a great thrifty Christmas idea. Off to pin.

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