So I was thinking about doing the pens for the wedding favor, but I’m just not sure that would be good…. so why not have something that they will enjoy. I’ve always wanted a fall wedding simply because it’s my favorite time of year (preparing for christmas, thanksgiving, my birthday, cold nights, rainy days, etc. all the good stuff). So why not send them home with a little bit of warmth and comfort. Three types of wonderfulness on a cold night: Hot chai tea latte, hot russian tea, and hot chocolate on a stick. So here are a few recipes and a few pictures of cute setups with this idea for favors.
Instant Chai Tea Latte
- 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
- 1 cup French vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer
- 2 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- In a large bowl, combine milk powder, non-dairy creamer, vanilla flavored creamer, sugar and instant tea. Stir in ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup at a time, until mixture is the consistency of fine powder.
- To serve: Stir 2 heaping tablespoons Chai tea mixture into a mug of hot water.
Instant Russian Tea
Original recipe makes 3 cups Change Servings
- 1/2 cup instant tea powder
- 2 cups orange-flavored drink mix (e.g. Tang)
- 3 ounces lemonade-flavor drink powder
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- In a large bowl, mix together powdered drink mixes, sugar, and spices. Place in jars.
- Instructions to include with gift:
1. Place 2 to 3 rounded teaspoonfuls in a cup.
2. Add boiling water and serve.
Chocolate on a Stick
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (1 1/4 cups)
- 3 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (chopped chocolate bars or chips)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened baking chocolate
- wooden sticks
1) Line an 8″ x 8″ pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
2) Heat the cream and condensed milk over low heat until steaming. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate; allow it to gently melt.
3) After about 10 minutes, return the chocolate mixture to low heat to completely melt the chocolate. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is thick and shiny. Add a few drops of flavoring oil if you like; hazelnut, coffee, or vanilla are popular flavors.
4) Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan; shake the pan gently to level. Sprinkle with cocoa, if desired. Set aside overnight to slowly set up.
5) Run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn out onto a clean cutting surface.
6) Slice into 1 ¼” cubes. Heat a knife in hot water and wipe dry before each cut, for smoothest cuts.
7) Stick a wooden stick into the center of each block.
8) Roll in cocoa or crushed peppermint candy, if desired.
9) Wrap in waxed paper, parchment, or plastic wrap to store.
WITH A HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOW ON TOP!!!!