So don’t tell, but I nicked a set of these empty coffee jars from work. My excuse is that a) they’re pretty cool b) jars aren’t fulfilling their purpose if they’re empty and c) I have Christmas presents to deliver! In my mind, there really is nothing better than making homemade Christmas ideas a reality. They’re so quick and easy and don’t cost much at all.
Douwe Egberts has a series of flavoured coffees (I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but I am easily swayed by the Caramel one) that come in the most dinky little jars. The one I used for this was the 50g one. I was torn between keeping it for myself and putting all my hairbands in it. Food won.
As luck would have it, my chance to experiment came pretty quickly. I had a recipe to write for Wedding Magazine and having had a huge craving for more NutShot Crunchy Peanut Butter, I decided to make something that incorporated this and the little jars. So I made Crunchy Peanut Butter Pots.
These are the finished product – what do you think? They also taste pretty much exactly like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, except a little more sloppy. It’s also rather fun eating them out of a jar. Now as far as a present actually goes, this probably wouldn’t do so well sitting under the tree (it could get a bit melty), but for Christmas dinner parties for as an alternative to Christmas pudding, these will go down a storm.
My other half absolutely loves sweets. He loves them so much so that I think if this is all I gave him for Christmas, he’d be overjoyed. I know, easy to please, eh? Every now and then when he deserves it, I’ll pack a little jar full of sweets for him to have when he’s working. However, the large Douwe Egberts 190g jars not only look better but can also contain more sweets.
For anyone with a sweet tooth that likes to nibble on things when they work, you really can’t go wrong with a homemade sweetie jar. You can tie ribbons round the neck, add those crunchy little 3D decorations, add a label, paint it with glass paint or leave it as it is.
I stuffed this one with a selection of retro sweets. He’s going to love it.
Now all you need is a couple of jars of Douwe Egberts to drink your way through before Christmas arrives…