Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Well, it's that time of year again. Gift giving season!
Close to Christmas, I love spending my time making homemade gifts. One of the things I make regularly is batch bombs. They are so cheap and easy to make and are great for the kids to help with.
There are many recipes on available on the net, but here is the one I have been making with great success for years. This time I made 2 batches, I used a Christmas tree mould with peppermint fragrance and green food colouring and a gingerbread men mould with cinnamon fragrance and brown food colouring.
I use the Woolworths Homebrand bi carb soda as it is $1.60 for a 500g bag. I buy my citric acid for $6 a kilo from Kakulas Bros in Northbridge if you live in Perth. Alternatively you can try a home brew supply shop or buy the small tubs which are sold at the supermarkets. Honestly, these are so cheap to make.
You will need:
Sillicone muffin style moulds
1 and a half cups of bicarbonate of soda
Half a cup of citric acid
4 TBS almond oil
Fragrance or essential oil of your choice
First sieve the bi carb into a mixing bowl and add the citric acid.
Add the almond oil and 10 drops of the fragrance oil of choice. Mix well with a spoon. Add a few drops of food colouring until you get the desired colour. The oil and food colouring will clump together in the mixture so take some time to distribute it evenly by pressing down with the back of a spoon.
Once the oil and colouring are combined, grab a handful of mixture and squeeze it tightly. If the mixture stay firmly in shape when you open your hand it is ready. If not add another tablespoon of almond oil, mix through well and try again. It should appear firm and not crumbly.
Press the mixture into moulds greased with cooking spray. Making sure it is well packed down. Set aside in the moulds for at least 24 hours, then carefully pop them out onto a tray to dry for a further few days until fully dried through. Then package in cellophane gift bags and tie with ribbon. I used red and white twine from a dollar store.
If you have any questions, feel free to add it to the comments box.