Christmas is approaching at the speed of light, so if you haven’t yet begun your Xmas shopping, now’s the time to start thinking about what to buy. Wares of Knutsford has a great selection of gifts, with something suitable for even those who are difficult to buy for.
Kilner jar mugs with straws
This great little nine piece set comprises jam jar mugs with straws, flower lids and a recipe booklet. There are two handled mugs in chunky clear glass for a trendy and creative way of serving anything from summer cocktails to hot chocolate. They are accompanied in the set by four straws at 23cm – two back and white striped and two red and white, two flower lids for a decorative look and to help avoid spillages, and a helpful recipe book full of ideas for summer and winter drinking. The set comes neatly boxed for easy wrapping and is ideal for recipients young and old.
If the nine piece set isn’t quite right, the jam jar mugs are also available singly in pink, blue or green for a more feminine and decorative touch. You can then buy some flower lids separately to add to your gift if you want to and some straws in co-ordinating shades.
If you are looking for a more adult gift, Kilner makes complete home brewing kits for cider, bitter, lager and red and white wines.
Extra special hot chocolate for jar mugs with straws
Whether you’re tucked up on the sofa or outside taking in a bit of very fresh air, there’s nothing as welcoming as a sweet, thick hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. Make yours luxurious and indulgent and serve it in these funky jam jar mugs with straws for a sense of occasion.
- 1 pint semi-skimmed milk
- 1 tablespoon Horlicks
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 1 and a half tablespoons icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder
- 50g good quality dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
Heat the milk gently, to just below boiling point. In the meantime, grate the chocolate and mix it together with all of the dry ingredients until well combined. Use around five heaped tablespoons of this mixture, whisked into the hot milk. Keep whisking gently for a minute or two to allow the hot chocolate to thicken up a bit before serving in the glass jar mugs, accompanied by a couple of biscuits!