Chocolate melting spoons paired with a coffee mug and a hot cocoa mix make a nice gift for friends and teachers.
To make, purchase heavy-duty plastic spoons. Party City has a wide variety of colors such as gold, silver, red, and green in packs of 50 for around $4. Purchase melting bark (dark or white chocolate) at Wal-Mart on the baking aisle for $1.76 a block (will make approximately 20 spoons).
Plastic lollipop bags are available at any craft store such as Michael’s for $4 for 100 clear bags. Use ribbon to tie baggies.
Using a double boiler (stainless mixing bowl on top of a pot of water will work) heat to simmering. Place chocolate in boiler (or bowl) and stir as it melts.
Keep stove on low heat, not too high to avoid scorching. Dip spoons into chocolate and coat the ends. Remove from chocolate and sprinkle on festive glittery sprinkles. Lay on wax paper until cool, then place in baggies and tie with ribbon. Store in refrigerator until time to give your present.
Chocolate-dipped pretzel rods are great gifts. Purchase a bag of large pretzel rods and follow the instructions above to melt chocolate. Dip pretzels half-way into chocolate (dark or white). Immediately sprinkle with toppings such as crushed Oreos, crushed Butterfinger candy bars, Fruity Pebbles cereal, peanuts or pecan pieces. Let dry on wax paper until hard. Bundle three to four in a cello bag tied with ribbon.