The holiday season means a plethora of dinners, family events, and get-togethers. Show appreciation for the hospitality of your host or hostess with these tea-themed DIY gifts!
Each DIY uses minimal ingredients or materials, yet creates a thoughtful touch and can be customized for the recipient. Here are the details for each…
Tea and Earl Grey Truffles
- 8 oz fair trade chocolate
- ½ c. heavy whipping cream
- ¼ c. loose Numi Aged Earl Grey tea
- Cocoa powder
- Break up chocolate for easier melting
- Add loose leaf tea to cream in a small pot and heat over low heat to just before boiling, stirring with a wire whisk. A great way to judge when your cream mixture is hot, but not too hot, is by watching for it to begin to "move" without breaking into bubbles.
- Pour hot cream mixture through a wire strainer to remove the tea solids. Melt chocolate over low heat and add cream. Stir until chocolate and cream are completely incorporated. You now have ganache!
- Pour ganache into a shallow dish. Put in the refrigerator and chill for several hours until it is cold, firm, but still pliable - it should feel almost like children's molding clay.
- Once ganache is set, scoop it out of the dish by the teaspoonful and mold it into balls. Roll balls in the cocoa powder. Store in the refrigerator.
- Pair with a box of Numi tea, perhaps a Moroccan Mint, Golden Chai or a Turmeric blend.
Tea and Teacup Candle
- A unique teacup of mug (I like to use beautiful pottery or vintage teacups)
- Candle wax (you can use beeswax, paraffin, or soy wax, available online or at most craft stores)
- Cotton wick and metal tab (or a washer or small coin)
- Melt wax over low heat. Place wick in mug (secure in place by dripping a tiny amount of hot wax into the bottom of the mug and pressing the wick’s metal tag there. Hold the wick in place by tying it around a chopstick or dowel rod resting on the rim of the vessel.
- Pour melted wax into the mug. Allow to harden overnight.
- When the candle is used up, the recipient can clean out the mug and use it for tea, coffee, and cocoa!
- Pair with a box of Numi tea that’s bright and fragrant, like a green tea or herbal teasan.
Tea and Bath Salts
- 2 c. Epsom salts
- 4 tbsp. Numi Gunpowder Green tea
- 10 drops essential oil
- Mix ingredients together and place in a jar. When gifting, be sure to include the following instructions: “Before using, shake or stir jar to combine ingredients. Place ½ cup of mixture in a cotton bag or tea ball and allow it to ‘steep’ in hot bath water.”
- Pair with a soothing or healing tea like Chamomile Lemon or Rooibos.