Every year the kids and I have fun DIY-ing several Christmas gifts. Some years have turned out better than others–like the year we attempted to paint the beautiful pinecones we had brought back from our West trip. That was an epic fail!
In addition to the teachers, neighbors, and friends we like to remember at Christmas, we also try to come up with a creative little gift for Jarrett’s co-workers. I don’t know what I would do without Pinterest, because all my best (perhaps sometimes crazy?) ideas come from there. This year was no different, but this year’s idea was extra fun because it reflected our family’s love of camping. We mixed up a s’more-inspired party mix and then packaged it up in pretty little jars. So if you need a last-minute gift idea for co-workers, teachers, or neighbors, this is the perfect holiday project.
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The supply list is pretty simple for this project and it made enough to fill approximately 18 jelly jars (the 8-ounce size):
- 10 oz bag of miniature marshmallows
- 12 oz box of honey graham cracker cereal
- 12 oz bag of milk chocolate chips
- small jars with lids
- twine, ribbon, or string
- printable tag (get your free printable download below!)
12/10 UPDATE: We like to keep it real around here, and so in the interest of full disclosure, we have discovered one small problem with the s’more party mix: If the mix is left in a container for more than about 48 hours, the graham squares absorb all the moisture from the marshmallows, leaving behind stale marshmallows and limp graham squares. Not cool. 🙁 I’m wondering if substituting something else for the graham squares might help, such as crunchier Teddy Grahams. Or perhaps the best strategy would be to replace regular marshmallows with dehydrated ones (like the kind you find in breakfast cereals).
In a large bowl, mix together the marshmallows, cereal, and chocolate chips. Although I usually buy the generic version of food products, for this project I went with Hershey’s chocolate chips, because what would be a s’more without the original Hershey’s chocolate? 🙂
Several years ago Jarrett and I used to have a large garden, and we used to do a lot of canning each summer. But ever since we started traveling more, keeping up a garden wasn’t something we had time for anymore. So I already had a ton of glass jelly jars on hand that were the perfect size for this s’more party mix. But you could use little jars like these or even little holiday gift bags like these.
I used an old canning funnel to measure the s’more mix into the jars. I found that the chocolate chips settled toward the bottom of the bowl, so I had to remix as I went.
After the jars were filled, I printed out gift tags on thick kraft paper that said, “Wishing you s’more Christmas cheer.” I created a generic gift tag that you can print out for your own personal use. To download it, follow the link here.
I then punched holes in the corner of the tags and used jute twine to tie the tags on the jars. Any kind of decorative ribbon or string would work, including this festive red-and-white striped string.
And that’s how easy it was to create this Christmas gift. Hopefully Jarrett’s co-workers enjoyed them! 🙂