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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Hot Chocolate Reindeer~ The Perfect Holiday Treat



These cute hot chocolate treats are a perfectly fun way to warm up, during the chilly holiday season



Dollar General Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips


The cold weather has finally hit, despite our longing for it to stay at bay a little while longer. When the temperatures drop, the kids and I love to snuggle up with a nice warm cup of hot chocolate. With the holidays right around the corner, the kids wanted to make little gifts to take with them to their grandma's house this weekend. We figured their little cousin would love these hot chocolate reindeer; so we headed to Dollar General to grab some ingredients and craft supplies.

I love that Dollar General has everything from craft supplies, to groceries. It makes one stop shopping so much easier! Which we all know is much needed with all the holiday preparations happening this month. Dollar General has all the brands you love and savings you need, when feeding the whole family this holiday season. Plus you can have access to a bunch of different money saving coupons, just by visiting the Dollar General website!




We quickly found our favorite  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels and knew that they would add a decadent rich chocolaty taste to our hot chocolate. With my kids, the more chocolate the better, LOL.



Having worked all week, I also grabbed a DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza, because let's face it, sometimes a mom needs a break in the dinner department. Armed with what we needed and a quick dinner to boot, we got together and started making these super cute Hot Chocolate Reindeer.


Dollar General Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips
Ready to start creating!!!



Dollar General Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips
Tie it all up before decorating!



Dollar General Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips
Can't wait to taste it!!!



The kids really loved making these reindeer, and sampling the yummy  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels. It's a good thing I purchased two bags (yay for the Price Break and a $1.50/2 coupon!), because we may have snacked on more chocolate chips, then we put in our piping bags, LOL. After all that chocolate, we needed something savory, so I baked up our DIGIORNO® RISING CRUST® Pizza, whipped up a salad and called it dinner. The kids asked if we could sample one of our creations and I happily agreed. Thanks to Dollar General for helping make life a tad easier, and making it easier on my wallet, to spend some fun quality time with my kiddos!


Dollar General Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips
Hot Chocolate and Pizza, life doesn't get better than this!



Hot Chocolate Reindeer

4 clear medium sized disposable piping bags
3 C  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels, divided
1 1/3 C hot chocolate powder, divided
6-8 C mini marshmallows, divided
plastic sandwich bags
twist ties
googly eyes
red pompoms
black or brown pipe cleaners
hot glue*
curling ribbon

Fill 4 plastic sandwich bags with 1/3 C of hot chocolate powder. Seal the bags up tightly, removing any access air. Set aside.

Fill each piping bag with 3/4 C of  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels. Carefully insert the wrapped hot chocolate powder, tucking in the sealed top of the bag. Once hot chocolate powder is nestled on top of the  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels, fill each piping bag with 1-2 C of mini marshmallows; allowing enough space at the top to gather and tie the piping bags shut. Tie piping bags shut with a twist tie and set aside.

To make antlers, take 2 pipe cleaners and twist one end around the tied part of the piping bag. Take a third pipe cleaner and cut it into 3 equal pieces. Take one of the smaller pieces of pipe cleaner and twist it around the upper third part of the pipe cleaner to create an antler. Repeat on remaining reindeer.

Using hot glue, attach googly eyes and a red pompom onto the front part of the piping bag, to create a reindeer face.

Take curling ribbon and decorate piping bags, where they have been tied, to add a little holiday cheer to your creation.

To make the hot chocolate- Place the  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels and hot chocolate powder into a sauce pot, with 3-4 C of milk. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until  NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Morsels have melted and mixture is hot. Carefully pour hot chocolate into mugs and top with mini marshmallows.

*Please take caution when using hot glue, as you could easily burn yourself.



Dollar General Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips