I love this DIY Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Spoon & Gift Basket Idea it’s perfect for the upcoming holidays.Last year I told myself I was going to spend less money on gifts and more time making gifts for family and friends. Well, the good news is that I finally have one of them finished – which is these DIY Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Spoons and the DIY Holiday Gift Basket I’m sharing with you today. The Candy Cane Spoons were part of the gift basket that I’m putting together for my brother’s family. So I’m happy, I have one down, several more to go but I have some great ideas for the other things I’m putting together, lol.
I wanted to have everything planned out earlier, but you know, the year got away from me, and before I knew it, we were fast and furiously heading toward the holiday season. It all came too fast this year like it does every year I guess. One would think I would be used to it by now, but I’m not and don’t know that I ever will, lol. These candy cane spoons are something you and the kids can do together too! Just be sure to make them drink plenty of water before giving them hot cocoa with one of your fun candy cane spoons.
I know, getting kids to drink water during the holiday season when there is so many other treats floating around isn’t easy but NESTLE® PURE LIFE® has made drinking water fun this holiday season. Yes, they have excellent holiday themed bottles the kids will love because they are fun and parents will love because it’s going to make keeping the kids hydrated easier. Okay, so let’s get started before holiday season is here, and I end up having to save this post for next year! And, yes it’s happened before haha.
DIY Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Spoon
The candy cane spoons are super easy to make. All you’ll need is:
- Spoon mold
- Candy canes
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Break up your candy cane. I like to use a spoon and break it up while it is still in the wrapper.
- Fill the mold with pieces of the candy cane.
- Place in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until the candy canes . Keep a close eye on them, you don’t want them to bubble, just melt, or the colors will mix.
- Remove them from the oven, allow to cool and remove them from the mold.
See, that wasn’t hard, and you even had time to join the kids for a bottle of the fun holiday themed water! Remember you have to be a team player and drink water too, especially if you are asking your kids to stay hydrated. Plus they went into the gift basket nicely; I know my nephew will love them because they are fun and holiday themed. He’s good at drinking his water but like my kids; it just makes things more fun. I know it would for me, it does for me lol.
DIY Holiday Gift Basket
For the Holiday Gift Basket I just added a few candy canes, coffee cups I made for my brother and sister-n-law, a mason jar filled with a special mixture of ingredients so they could have a family night and treat everyone to a glass of hot cocoa and of course a few fun bottles 8 ounce of NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE®. Are your kids staying hydrated this holiday season? Did you know that beverages account for 47% of added sugars in the US American Diet? Yes, and more than 13% of calories that are consumed each day. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for American’s recommends that the primary beverage consumed should something calorie free, such as water or it should be something with beneficial nutrients such as 100% orange juice and low-fat milk. By replacing one 12-ounce, 140 calorie sugar-sweetened beverage with water daily for a year you can decrease your calorie intake by more than 50,000 calories! According to a 2015 study that was conducted by NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® 39% of moms say drinking water is one of the biggest healthy habit struggles moms have with their children, 29% say they struggle more with getting their children to drink their water than eating their fruits, 23% struggle more with water than getting their children to get enough exercise, 19% struggle less with breakfast, and 18% struggle less with getting their children to drink their milk. The hydration struggle is real for parents, and almost 37% of moms agree that letting their children drink bottled water rather than from a glass helps their children consume more water. Want to hear something neat? Kids who drink 4 or more glasses of water a day are more likely to show healthy habits like:
- Getting their own water when they are thirsty
- Eating fruits and veggies at mealtime without reminders
- Requesting healthy food and beverages at school lunch
WOW, right! It sure makes me glad that I rarely drink anything other than water and milk and I’m thankful my kids are the same way. I mean don’t get me wrong they enjoy a cup of hot cocoa as a treat from time to time but when they say they are thirsty they reach for water and with NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® Purified Water in the fun holiday themed bottles it just makes keeping kids hydrated that much easier this holiday season. Everyone always asks me how I get my kids to drink so much water and to be honest, I don’t buy the other stuff often. I do allow them a treat from time to time but I rarely have sodas and things of that nature in the house so they have had water since they were tiny and they love the fun bottles and designs from the kid-friendly 8 oz bottles from NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE®. Which means they are just drinking more water than normal, it’s a win-win for any parent! To help combat the hydration struggle this holiday season NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® is introducing the “Share-A-Smile™” Winter Edition 8 oz bottles to help parents keep their kids hydrated during the holidays when there is so many sweet treats floating around. The NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE® “Share-A-Smile™” Winter Edition Bottles are 8 ounces so it’s easy for kids to stay hydrated during the holiday season and while they are on the go. The NESTLÉ® PURE LIFE®”Share-A-Smile™” Winter Edition bottles come in 8 different holiday and winter-inspired designs that are perfect for any occasion. To learn more visit or purchase you can visit Nestle-PureLife.us. You can also follow via Instagram, and Facebook.
Thank you to Nestle® Pure Life® for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions are my own.