Advent Day 16: Wrapping Gift Mixes, Hot Cocoa and Cherry Simmer

I have a story. And it’s a cute one. While in college, one of my brother’s friends applied to the mall during Christmas to earn some extra money. He was interviewing with a mall manager who asked him his qualifications and he was pleased that he was qualified for the position. At the end of the interview the manager said, “I have one more question, can you wrap?”
My brother’s friend was a bit taken aback and had no idea why he would be asked such a question. So he stood up, cleared his throat and in his loudest voice said, “My name is Dave and I can rap, wikka, wikka, wikka, wikka, wikka, wikka, wikka.”

We still get a good laugh over Dave’s many antics and he is still one of the funniest guys I know and when he and Rob get together every ones sides hurt from laughing so much. Do you have people like that in your life?

I like to use good ole brown lunch sacks to wrap my gift mixes. It is quite easy to do, see the photo up top? Simple. Make accordian-like folds, pinch the top corners together, and staple. I like to use red raffia to wrap around the bag a few times and secure with a gift sticker. Be sure to include directions inside your mix bag for making the hot drink.

Here are Big Red Kitchen’s favorite hot drink mixes. I do not care for non-dairy coffee creamer powder because of the hydrogenated oils. Are there any brands without it? So I substitute powdered milk.

Old Fashioned Hot Cocoa
1 cup non-dairy coffee creamer powder, or powdered milk
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cocoa
1/4 semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini marshmallows

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and place in zip-top bag or jar and place in brown lunch sac with these directions:

To one mug boiling water add 1/3 cup mix. Stir and enjoy.

Cherry Simmer
1/2 cup Cherry Kool Aid with sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 tsp. lemonade mix with sugar

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and place in zip-top bag or jar and place in brown sack with these directions:

Individual Servings- stir 2 tsp. mix into mug of hot apple cider or cranberry juice. Also nice in hot red wine. For one gallon- stir entire contents of mix into one gallon of hot cider, cranberry juice, or red wine. This can be done in a crockpot.

For other fun gift wrap ideas:
One Ordinary Day- Greening up Gift Wrapping
thekitchn- Pretty Packaging Ideas for Homemade Cookie Gifts

More Drink Mixes:
Hot Cocoa Mix
Spiced Cider Mulling Minnow
Hot Cocoa Pods

Come back tomorrow for Day 17.


  1. oneordinaryday
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

    Oh my gosh, I love the story! That's hilarious, and something I can totally picture my Sam doing. 🙂

    I'm also lovin' that gift wrap, Robin. I'm passing out my baked goods in brown bags this year too. And thanks for the link over to OOD!

  2. High Plains Drifters
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 10:22 AM | Permalink

    what a great idea! it's so easy to find little bags and labels at those party city type places, so custom mix packages are both easy and personal.


  3. Karen
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 2:02 PM | Permalink

    I love to be around people who make me laugh. That is a cute story.
    The packaging for the cocoa mix is so cute!

  4. FOODalogue
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 9:00 PM | Permalink

    I really like the hot cocoa mix and the packaging is great! You're such a dynamo in that big red kitchen!

  5. Biz
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 9:47 PM | Permalink

    That is too funny!! Love the paper back wrap 😀

  6. Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 7:49 PM | Permalink

    I have heard about that Cherry Simmer and have never tried. I think I will make it this year. I have only seen the one with tang, ew!

  7. Sophie
    Posted December 18, 2010 at 5:33 AM | Permalink

    A lovely story,..I was smilinh when reading it!

    Your drinks sound so good to me! I must make them!

    Kisses from Brussels to you!!!

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