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December 8, 2013

Gift Ideas for the Journey Boxes

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Our hope is that you find this gift box as an easy opportunity to share Christ with those around you. All you have to do is fill it with some goodies before you give it away to your neighbors, coworkers or other friends. Here are some ideas you can fill the gift box with to make it complete! You can also combine some of these ideas or stick with just one. We have provided the recipes for some of the ideas as well. Enjoy the experience!

Edibles

  1. Homemade Caramel Sauce and an Apple
  2. Hot Chocolate in a Jar
  3. Puppy Chow
  4. Peppermint Bark
  5. Popcorn

Non-Edibles

  1. The Creative Journey Christmas Album
  2. Coffee Mug
  3. Scarf
  4. Christmas Ornament
  5. Pocket Calendar

 

Below are some of the recipes to make these fun treats!

 

Homemade Caramel Sauce and an Apple:

Ingredients: makes 2 1/2 cups

3/4 cup of brown sugar

3/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of corn syrup

1/3 cup of butter

2/3 cup whipping cream

Combine the syrup, sugars and butter into a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes while periodically stirring. Allow the mixture to come to a full boil then let cool for 5 minutes. Place in a jar in the refrigerator and let it thicken! Add an apple to the box to make it complete.

 

Hot Chocolate in a Jar

Ingredients

Hot cocoa mix

Crushed peppermints

Chocolate chips

Marshmallows

Put the ingredients in a jar one by one with the hot cocoa mix first, then the crushed peppermints, followed by the chocolate chips and top it off with the marshmallows. Depending on the size of your jar you will put different amounts of each ingredient. Once complete, you are ready to place the jar in the box!

 

Puppy Chow

Ingredients: makes 10-14 servings

9 cups Chex cereal

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

or 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup of butter, melted

1-2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

Pour out the cereal in a large bowl and set aside. Microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter for one minute on high. Take out to stir and microwave for another 30 seconds or longer until completely smooth. Add the vanilla and pour the mixture over the cereal. After stirring these ingredients, pour into a large Ziploc bag with the powdered sugar and shake well. Spread the finished product on waxed paper until it has cooled. Put into your choice of container and place in the box!

 

Peppermint Bark

Ingredients: makes 2 lbs.

1 cup of crushed candy canes

2 lbs. of white chocolate

Peppermint flavoring is optional

Put candy canes in a plastic bag. Once the bag is closed, hammer into 1/4 –inch chunks or smaller. Use a double boiler to melt the white chocolate then pour the candy cane chunks into the chocolate with the peppermint flavoring. Pour the mix onto a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Freeze until firm for about 45 minutes in the refrigerator. Once removed, break the bark into pieces. Wrap them up in a bag to put in the box and deliver this delicious dessert to whoever you please!


 

 

Written by Brooke Jeary, Creative Journey Intern