Gift in a Jar - Food Mixes

Sand Art Brownies

This is a recipe for brownies to give as a Christmas gift . . . . or whenever. Mix ingredients in a wide mouth quart size jar, just like sand art that kids make today.


Add to wide mouth quart jar in this order:

  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 + 1/8 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Chips
  • 1/2 cup nuts

This should pack nicely into jar. Include a decorative tag with instructions for making the brownies:

Combine contents of jar with:

  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs

Pour into a greased 9x9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 27-32 minutes

Spiced Tea

This mix makes a great gift for neighbors, the elderly, school teachers, etc.

  • 2 26 oz. Tang
  • 1 3 oz. bottle Instant Tea Unsweetened
  • 2 8 1/2 oz Red hots
  • 1 6 oz. Pkg. Lemonade (Wylers)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 tsp. allspice

Mix all ingredients together well. Put in a sealed container until ready to assemble the gift.

To make individual gift packets: you can put into a small plastic bag, then insert into a small muslin bag, tie with a pretty piece of Christmas fabric. With each gift make sure you add a note that states: One tablespoon + one teaspoon per cup of hot water. I also look for pretty cups and saucers, at garage sales, flea markets, etc. and then you can package with the ingredients.


Hot Chocolate Mix

This mix makes a great gift for neighbors, the elderly, school teachers, etc.

  • 3 cups powdered Sugar
  • 8 oz. nonfat dry milk
  • 1 16 oz. Instant Chocolate Milk (I use Nestle's)
  • 1 6 oz Creamora (or any nondairy creamer)

Mix ingredients well and store in air tight container until you're ready to make the individual gift packages.

With each gift add a tag that says: 3 tablespoons per cup of hot water.

This is wonderful hot chocolate, we get raves from it every year from grandchildren. They seem to think this is the Best!

Gourmet Vanilla Sugar

For those who like a little gourmet, but can't afford it, place a dry clean vanilla bean in a mason jar. Cover with sugar. In a few weeks, the sugar will be flavored vanilla.

Note* the bean can be used for years be sure the receiver of this gift understands all they need to do is refill the sugar and shake occasionally for a few weeks.


Home school Mom in Florida

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By NY Mom (Guest Post)
December 3, 20080 found this helpful

This really isn't always a great idea. Most people have no use for the canning jars and it generates a lot of waste. Instruction tags usually get lost and more often than not the foodstuff is thrown away.

Several people at work avoid one woman like the plague around the holidays because she makes this same "gift" for everyone regardless of restricted diets, whether or not they ever cook at home, etc. Then she HOUNDS us relentlessly to get the jars back! Now we just dump out her foodstuffs and give the jars back the next day. It's less aggravating that way.

The purpose of giving a gift is to show how you appreciate the recipient; NOT to fill up some of your significant free time and depersonalize the holidays by giving everyone you know the exact same thing. You show how you value someone by personalizing a gift based on the recipient's tastes; NOT by you decorating and shovelling out 30 of the exact same thing regardless.

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By Pam - Someone who appreciates others (Guest Post)
December 8, 20080 found this helpful

For New York Mom - sounds like this mother isn't very appreciative of something that someone has worked hard to make for her enjoyment. It would be no more rude to just tell the person that you really can't use it, so she doesn't take her precious time to give you something you are ungrateful for.


Or, you could also re-give the item. I love receiving small gifts like this from anyone. Think the receipes are very neat and different. If someone works hard to make it and thinks of me, I appreciate it and thank God that I have friends.

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By Crafty Lady (Guest Post)
December 9, 20080 found this helpful

I think a food mix in a gift jar is a wonderful gift! Take a few minutes to spend with your kids & make the gift up over the holidays. They will love it!

The person who gives you a gift like this has taken a lot of time and spent a lot of money making it for you. If you don't want to eat it for any reason, make it up & take it to the office for everyone to enjoy. Or re-gift it so it doesn't get wasted.

There are people who appreciate the time & trouble someone takes making personal gifts & I feel sorry for those who can't appreciate the effort it takes to get these gifts made.

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September 28, 20100 found this helpful

I noticed flour was listed twice in this recipel Is that correct?

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