Tricks & Tips

Quick and easy homemade Christmas gifts

Still searching for that elusive Christmas present? Don’t panic. Vapiano is here to show you how to make a very special culinary gift that your friends and family can treasure long beyond the festive season.
We’ve come across a fantastic idea for anyone who enjoys giving homemade gifts. Food and lifestyle blogger Victoria from “About Victoria’s Little Secret” lives near Aachen in Germany. She bakes, she cooks and she creates all kinds of edible delicacies she shares in her blog.
Time is always a rare commodity in the run-up to Christmas, so instead of trawling the shops why not make your own unique presents? “I created two flavoured cooking salts that make a beautiful gift when packaged up nicely,” Victoria explains. The chilli-chocolate salt is spicy and sweet and tastes best with chicken or prawns. A second herbal salt contains rosemary, thyme and sage and complements most recipes.  

What you need:


For chilli-chocolate salt:  
•    150g course sea salt
•    50g dark chocolate (at least 80% cocoa)
•    3 tablespoons of dried chilli flakes  
•    1 small jar
Grate the chocolate finely and then mix with the chilli flakes and the sea salt. Fill a jar and you’re done!

“The herbal salt takes a little longer to make, but is wonderfully aromatic,” says Victoria. First, preheat a fan oven to 100°C. “Lay the herbs on baking paper on a baking tray. Dry in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes before allowing to cool fully. Once the herbs have cooled off, wrap them up in the baking paper and use a rolling pin to crush them. You can also chop them finely with a sharp knife. Then fold the herbs into the sea salt and fill a jar.” Our blogger recommends sealing the jar airtight to preserve the delicate aromas for longer. Stored like this, both salts will keep for around four to six months.

For the herbal salt:
•    Three sprigs of fresh rosemary
•    Three sprigs of fresh thyme
•    A handful of fresh sage leaves
•    150g coarse sea salt
•    1 small jar

The finishing touches
A pretty ribbon, a smart label and fresh trimmings are a lovely way of presenting and adding an individual touch to homemade Christmas gifts. Use a label maker to tell your gift recipients what’s inside, and decorate with a sprig of rosemary or a chilli pod to create a novel DIY feel.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Victoria & Jana