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    Updated on Apr 28, 2020. Posted on Apr 28, 2020

    15 Easy-To-Use Food And Beverage Kits To Help You Make A Bunch Of Your Favorite Things At Home

    Chocolate truffles just taste *so* much better when you make 'em yourself.

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    1. This mochi ice cream kit because spooning ice cream from a regular old pint just doesn't cut it anymore. After all, it's way more fun to chew the sticky mochi layer.

    Uncommon Goods

    The kit includes some sweet rice flour, potato starch, matcha powder, cocoa powder, a dough cutter, and a silicone mochi mold. FYI, the ice cream isn't included so you can either use the ice cream you already have on hand or try your hand at homemade ice cream.

    Promising review: "My daughter and I had a fun time putting these together and they taste just like the mochi you get in a store or restaurant!" —Kim

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $32.

    2. A hot sauce kit to give you wayyy more condiment options once you get tired of ketchup and Sriracha — and it'll all taste so much better when you make it yourself.

    Uncommon Goods

    The kit includes gloves (v. important for protecting your hands when making hot sauce), sterilization solution, a funnel, bottle labels, packets of cayenne, ancho, curry, and chili spice, pepper, vinegar, brown sugar, and six glass containers for storing your creation.

    Promising review: "The very informative instructions not only guide you through making a few (very delicious!) hot sauces for now, they also teach you how to make them with your own ingredients in the future." —Gigi

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $35.

    3. This mushroom log kit so you can grow your very own oyster mushrooms at home in case you can't remember the last time you sliced some up to sprinkle on top of your pizza.

    Uncommon Goods

    The kit includes a log with oyster mushroom spores already planted inside. All you have to do is soak the log and store it in a cool, dark place. You can actually harvest and re-soak the log every six weeks for up to three years, so this baby will pretty much pay for itself after the first few uses.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $30.

    4. A gin-making kit that'll help you ease into the delicious art of brewing your own gin at home once you run out of your favorite bottle.

    Uncommon Goods

    The kit includes juniper berries, coriander seeds, fennel seed, cardamom pods, black pepper corns, bay leaf, rosemary, lemon peel, lavender, rose hips, two glass bottles, a sieve, and a funnel.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a birthday present for my liquor-loving boyfriend, and he really enjoyed it. It makes a good size batch, and the gin is really tasty. You do need to buy replacement herbs/berries to make multiple batches, but those are relatively inexpensive. All in all, it was an excellent birthday gift and was well worth the price." —Liz

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $50.

    5. Or this ginger beer brewing kit so you can have Moscow mules to your heart's content — or you can drink the finished product without turning it into a cocktail.

    Uncommon Goods

    The kit includes dried ginger root, lemon peel, lime peel, coriander, cane sugar, a 1-gallon jar for fermentation, gluten-free brewing yeast, a brewing bag, an airlock, a rubber bung, a racking cane with tubing, a thermometer, and cleanser. BTW, this kit makes up to 32 cocktail servings!

    Promising review: "What describes the perfect gift? Part science experiment, part culinary experience, and something to be enjoyed over and over again? And what you create is a tasty beverage that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Kids can drink it plain while the adults can mix it however they like. I bought this for a my brother-in-law's birthday — their friends are envious and he is on duty to brew up some extras for Christmas. Highly recommended." —Me

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $69+ (available with or without two Moscow Mule mugs; sugar and spices refills also available).

    6. A s'mores kit with a ~colorful~ twist that'll take your average campfire s'mores to the next delicious level.

    Uncommon Goods

    The kit includes marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate, and edible paint. All you have to do is add some color to those marshmallows using the edible paint right before you microwave and squish 'em together. There's enough for you to make six s'mores.

    Promising review: "This product was a huge hit at my friend's house where he needs ways to keep his children interested and entertained. Being able to paint food not only feeds the kids but also keeps them busy for a few hours." —Jeremy

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $32.

    7. A pack of three bread mix bags so you can bake up delicious loaves of green chili cheddar bread in less than an hour — even if you've never tried it before, it'll become your new favorite carb.

    The Grommet

    You'll receive bags of green chili cheddar bread mix and all you have to do is add a bottle of beer (or other carbonated beverage), mix, and bake! Each bag is enough to make one loaf of bread.

    Promising review: "I baked my first loaf yesterday and was surprised at how easy and quick the preparation was. I've never attempted to bake bread before so I was skeptical as to how this would turn out. I was really impressed with the flavor and texture of this bread! Very good!" —Guy

    Get it from The Grommet for $27.95.

    8. A red velvet cupcake making kit if you just fall head-over-heels for those tiny frosted cakes but always seem to ruin the batches you try to measure out and mix yourself.

    The Grommet

    The kit includes a recipe card, pre-measured dry ingredients, frosting mix, sprinkles, and cupcake liners. You'll just need to add some ingredients you probably already have at home like milk, eggs, and butter.

    Get it from The Grommet for $28 (available in two flavors).

    9. This truffle making kit so you can DIY your way to the rich, decadent chocolates you love getting from your favorite chocolate company.

    The Grommet

    The kit includes pre-measured ingredients (enough to make 60 gluten-free truffles) and a recipe card — all you need is some heavy cream.

    Get it from The Grommet for $30.

    10. A caramel apple kit because now you won't have to wait for fall to enjoy this sweet, sticky treat.

    The Grommet

    You'll receive a bottle of locally made caramel, wooden sticks, and a recipe card. Apples aren't included but that means you get to pick out and use your favorite ones from the grocery store for this treat!

    Get it from The Grommet for $19.95.

    11. This bubble tea kit that'll take all the intimidation out of making yourself a cup of yummy milk tea (complete with boba pearls!!!) right inside your kitchen.

    bobagreen / Etsy

    The kit includes boba pearls, Earl Grey black loose leaf tea, Jasmine green tea, two reusable stainless steel straws, and a recipe booklet.

    Promising review: "I ordered two for my family to work through during COVID-19. The directions were simple and the resulting drinks were delicious!!" —Erin Dell

    Get it from bobagreen on Etsy for $34.99.

    12. A bacon curing kit, which includes some tasty seasonings so you can achieve flavorful slabs of meat you won't have to worry about going bad any time soon.

    SandyLeafFarm / Etsy

    You'll receive an instruction booklet, a meat hanging hook, a cheese cloth, curing bags, a measuring spoon, a bag clip, bacon cure, three seasonings, and a pair of gloves (it does not include the meat).

    Promising review: "I bought this for my other half's 60th birthday during lockdown. He’s very much a carnivore — he has meat with everything and bacon with everything, if he could!! Very pleased with this as he’s also an ex-butcher. He can’t wait to get started." —Sharon

    Get it from SandyLeafFarm on Etsy for $19.29.

    13. This cold brew maker and a flavored syrup so you can re-create your favorite caramel iced coffee right at home in almost no time at all.

    Target

    Promising review (for the cold brew maker): "My husband and I are coffee snobs and wanted to try making our own cold brew. The recommended recipe worked great, and our first two batches of cold brew have been smooth and excellent. It's also super easy to use and clean. Highly recommend." —calbear08

    Get the cold brew maker from Target for $11.99 and the flavored syrup for $4.99.

    14. A donut mix and a donut pan to make it ridiculously easy to bake yourself the donuts of your dreams. Pro tip: Once they're fresh out of the oven, roll 'em around in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar for an ~extra~ special treat.

    Sur La Table

    To create delicious donuts of your dreams, all you'll need to add to the mix are two eggs, a stick of butter, and some buttermilk.

    Get the donut mix from Sur La Table for $12 and the donut pan for $9.96 (originally $12).

    15. And this chocolate making kit because *everybody* knows that chocolates taste soooo much better in tiny gem form.

    ATERNO / Etsy

    The kit includes black and white chocolate melts, ~gorgeous~ gemstone molds, gold foil, chocolate gift wraps, a chocolate gift box, shredded coconut, and some instructions.

    Get it from ATERNO on Etsy for $34.57+ (available with or without gift wrapping).

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