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5 minute DIY: Festive food gifts using BNTO

Posted by Melissa Massello  December 13, 2013 10:00 AM

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We clearly support DIYing holiday gifts and shopping small with local makers. So when we can combine the two into a fun, fast, and festive food gift that anyone can whip up, we're happier than kids on Christmas morning.

Here we have two options for seasonally sweet "in a jar" gift trends using BNTO, the latest innovation from Somerville-based Cuppow that turns a mason jar into separated compartments. We came up with a cozy hot cocoa mug and a twist on the Pinterest-popular baking-mix-in-a-jar gift. Here's how to make them in under 5 minutes:

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More like a 5 second DIY, the hot cocoa mug couldn't be simpler and — since National Hot Cocoa Day is today — more timely. Grab a wide mouth pint jar, a BNTO, a Cuppow, your fave mix (we love fair trade Cissé), and some mini marshmallows. Pop the mix in the jar and the marshmallows in the BNTO, top with a Cuppow and a jar ring and you'll be stuffing stockings with these sippers in no time. If you'd like to go homemade with the hot cocoa mix, here's an amazing recipe from America's Test Kitchen's DIY Cookbook that will only add a few minutes to the process.

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There are a million and one Pinterest recipes for in-a-jar mixes you can make, so pick your favorite (I went with this brownie recipe). Follow your recipe by layering the dry ingredients in a quart jar (if you need to, go a size up to leave room for your BNTO). Pick one of the "add-in" ingredients like nuts or chocolate chips to put in the BNTO, or add toppers like sprinkles, caramel, or frosting. Top with a lid and ring. Don't forget to include the instructions for baking so the recipient can enjoy their tasty treat!

What are your favorite DIY food gifts to make or receive? Tell us in the comments or tweet us at @DIYBoston!

~Tara

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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »

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