How to turn an empty mason jar into a gourmet treat (and a great gift!)

Photo by Steve Smith, VisionFire Studios

Did you already dig into those fall preserves and have a few empty mason jars on your pantry shelf?
Well, it’s time to fill them back up again… with a little holiday magic.
Who doesn’t love a beverage, dessert or even a salad layered up in a mason jar? Why not fill your empties with a few special ingredients for a custom homemade gift that can work for just about anyone on your list this holiday season?

Shake up the happiness!

Milkshakes are having a moment and gourmet milkshakes are easier to make than you think. For my gift jar, I made milkshakes for two. Add a cute paper straw, sprinkles, mini candy bars, a skewer of gummy bears and suckers. You can add your items in one jar, and in another blend up your favourite ice cream and some milk.
TIP: Add caramel or chocolate drizzle on the inside of a jar before adding your blended milkshake
Other items you can add: Powdered peanut butter, mini candy bars, cookie or brownie pieces

You make me melt

Hot chocolate is the perfect cozy treat for the neighbour that shovels your walk or someone who just brightens your day. This mix uses milk and white chocolate (it changes to pink once you add water), peppermint knobs, marshmallows and is topped with chicken bones.

Other inspiration

Favourite cookie recipe:
Add the dry ingredients for your recipe and include a tag with instructions and what they’ll need for wet ingredients and baking instructions
Simmer pot: Create sensational seasonal scents. Fill a jar with a mix of cloves, orange slices, cinnamon sticks and pieces of cedar. They can add the mix to a pot of hot water on their stove top and fill the house with the yummy smells of the season
Movie night: Add a pouch of popcorn seasoning, kernels and mini bars for a movie night treat, the old fashion way.