Gifts from the kitchen – 5 simple and original ideas

Gifts from kitchen- 5 simple and original kitchen recipes

Christmas is coming and you still have no idea? Self-made stuff is always a good idea, but the things that you made as you were a child might not work any longer. Something self-cooked is however always a great choice. You might not be the best chef, but you still can make a good impression with the following simple and original kitchen recipes.

Hot chocolate on a stick

We will show you 5 simple master recipes for hot chocolate. The alternatives can always be varied e.g. with different sorts of couverture or additions like orange peel, nougat, almonds or for lions bittersweet with chili or sea salt.

What you need is:

150g couverture

5 plastic shot glasses

5 spoons, wooden sticks, cocktail straws etc.

That’s how you do it:

Melt the chocolate in a water bath. Then pour them in the jars and stick the spoons, sticks or straws in. Let it harden for several hours.

To prepare the drink, you should first put the harden chocolate in a mug and pour about 150 ml warm milk and wait a few minutes for it to dissolve.

Raffaello jam

Who does not know the white balls from Ferrero? If you know someone who likes those, or who loves coconut, this can be the right gift.

What you need is:

1 lockable glass (200ml)

40g white chocolate

50g butter

80g sweet condensed milk or milkmaid

28g coconut flakes

Chop the chocolate. Then melt the butter slowly in a saucepan and add the chocolate carefully. Then take the pot from the fire. Pour the condensed milk slowly and stir until you hold a nice creamy mixture. Now it is time to add the coconut flakes. Pour the cream in the glass when it is still hot and let it cool.

Bacon jam

Bacon to spread, how cool is that? Perfect match for those who hearty like it.


For a glass what you need is:

1 lockable glass (250 ml)

3 red onions (200 g)

200g bacon

1 toe garlic

1 pinch of cinnamon

1 star anise

80ml whiskey (preferably Scottish)

60ml honey

30ml balsamic vinegar



Chili powder

That’s how it is done:

Chop both onions and bacon, and then roast them until the bacon is crispy and the onions are glazed. While it is melting on low heat, add the shopped garlic, cinnamon and the star anise. It will be then simmered with whisky, balsamic vinegar and honey until it becomes viscous. After you take out the star anise and pour the mixture into the glass while it is still hot.

Rum Balls

One of the classics for Christmas, which you can make easily by yourself. It is also a good choice to recycle dry cookies and cakes. The chocolate can be varied by your palate.

What you need for 30 pieces is:

350g cake or biscuit leftovers

6 tbsp rum

1 vial of Rum aroma

200g chocolate (preferably bittersweet)

1 tbsp cocoa (oil less)

2 tbsp powdered sugar

6 tbsp chocolate crumble (half milk chocolate, half bittersweet or white chocolate)

That is how it is done:

Crumble the cake or biscuit leftovers, then add the rum together with the aroma. Let the chocolate melt in a water bath and mix it with the cocoa and the crumbs. When everything is well mixed, mold them into small, bite-sized balls. Moisten the balls a little and roll them in the chocolate crumbles.

Toffifee liquor

“There’s so much fun in Toffifee”, that you know since you were very small. Here is a variant for adults. Make sure to serve it in a nice bottle, maybe in a fir-tree shaped one.

What you need for a bottle (approx. 1 liter) is:

15 Toffifees

100g sugar

200ml condensed milk

1 egg

200ml cream

200ml vodka or grain

Stir the condensed milk with the sugar, egg and Toffifees in a saucepan and let them slowly melt on low heat. Mix everything with a blender, then add the cream and let it boil very quick. Let the mixture cool down a little and pour the alcohol. Prepare it better not too long in advance, as liqueur lasts only for a week!

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