I found out that she's got a bit of a coffee habit, which makes her a woman after my own heart. Since she's in Norfolk and I'm in Philly, I couldn't very well take her out for a cuppa. But I could send her something to savor. So I came up with this:
A coffee care package. I included a few recipe cards, with one filled out for a recipe of affogato. Then I made a body scrub out of coffee. And to top it off, I also made some chocolate spoons.
What's a chocolate spoon, you ask. Why, it's a spoon dipped in the sweet, smooth goodness of cocoa--perfect for dunking into a coffee or a cup of steaming milk. It's a great project because it doesn't cost much, and while it takes a little finesse, you can eat the ones that aren't good enough to give away. No waste, and no proof of any mistakes. That's my kind of project.
First, I had to find a few funky, mismatching spoons. My local thrift store sells them for a quarter each, so it was nearly nothing to pick up a few. I went for the ones with the most character, which left me with these:
Yeah, I wasn't about to put my name on those lumpy little nuggets of chocolate, but I wasn't above eating them. All of them. So I did. And believe me, they were far more delicious than they look.
The next day, I gave it another whirl. This time, I kept the heat lower, and I made sure to keep the chocolate dry. This seemed to do the trick, because I had much much much better results. I also found that using a second spoon to smooth the tops and sides made a big difference. Then I let them cool on some parchment paper. Once they had solidified fully, I slid them into favor bags and tied them off with some gingham ribbon.
Finally, I had something I could be proud of:
These things really perk up a cup of a coffee, and you can make a bunch all in one sitting. It is, however, up to you not to eat them all immediately.
Tomorrow I'll share how I made the coffee scrub--definitely my favorite part of the care package.