A slow cooker, i.e. Crockpot, is a pretty standard wedding-shower-gift idea. Why not jazz it up with a couple ingredients and a recipe, and basically make a gift basket out of your Crockpot?
Admittedly, when I did this for my sister last year, she already knew I was getting this slow cooker for her. That being the case, I wanted to do a bit more. I didn’t want to be the sister the brought a boring ol’Crockpot. But I didn’t have a lot of cash to work with either. So here’s what I did:
Not gonna lie, I was very happy with the end result. The gift went from something plain and typical to something exciting and Pinterest-worthy. No surprise, I meant to post this ages ago, but I’m finding that posting gets more and more difficult as the kids get older…not easier, as I was hoping.
Want to do this yourself? The key is the red bow, the black-and-white tissue paper, and red-striped straws in milk bottles—they pull everything together and give this “gift basket” a polished look. But for more details, here’s what I included:
- Crockpot nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe (see below)
- 1 (32oz) shelf-stable carton of almond milk
- Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa
- A small sack of sugar
- Milk bottles with lids and red-striped straws
- Black-and-white tissue paper
Stuff the tissue paper into the slow cooker (I used an 8-quart Hamilton Beach). Print the recipe on sturdy card stock, then prop it up with the lid. Stuff the rest of the items into the slow cooker, making sure the cocoa, nutella, and milk bottles can be seen. Tie some gift-wrap ribbon to the handles and make sure it curls quite a bit. Add a tag to a handle if you so choose. Slap a bow on the front of the pot and voila!
Side note—my family is a bit lactarded, so the almond milk made sense. You could use regular milk in this recipe, but as far as the gift is concerned, shelf-stable almond milk or evaporated milk works better.
Cook time: time allotted for water to boil, then 2-2½ hours on high, or 4-4½ hours on low
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
½ cup nutella
½ cup sugar
1 cup hot water
4 cups almond milk
In a large pan, bring cocoa, nutella, sugar, and water to a low boil, stirring constantly. Move mixture to slow cooker and stir in milk. Cook on high for 2 to 2½ hours, or on low for 4 to 4½ hours.