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Hot Chocolate on a Stick: Your New Favorite Way to Warm Up

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Seriously — how cute are these? Just pop them into heated milk, and voila: hot chocolate complete with a fun topping!

There is much to love about this easy DIY holiday gift. For starters … NO special skills or fancy ingredients required. Only your imagination limits the ways in which these can be flavored. (I’ve shared three to get you started: peppermint, marshmallow, and sea salt.)

 

Hot Chocolate on a Stick: Your New Favorite Way to Warm Up
Image Source: Sheri Silver
Hot Chocolate on a Stick: Your New Favorite Way to Warm Up
Image Source: Sheri Silver

These lovelies will solve all of your holiday gifting and hostessing needs. Place a few in a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon for a decadent gift (bonus points for tucking the bag into a pretty ceramic mug). Put out a tray, along with some bowls filled with an assortment of toppings, at your holiday party. Or, pack them up in a festive box with little jars of various accompaniments and send to a far away loved one.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick: Your New Favorite Way to Warm Up
Image Source: Sheri Silver

Of course, once you try homemade hot chocolate you’ll never go back to the packaged variety again, so be sure to make a few to keep for yourself too!

Hot Chocolate on a Stick
Image Source: Sheri Silver

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

from various sources

Makes: 15 1-ounce cubes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, Dutch or natural (read here to learn the difference!)
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 16 ounces high-quality chocolate (I used 61% bittersweet chocolate but feel free to use semi-sweet, milk, white, or any combination you like), chopped

Flavorings (optional):

  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla, almond, or hazelnut extract
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon (or to taste) cinnamon, chili powder, or instant espresso

Toppings (optional):

  • 4 mini or 1 large (per cube) marshmallows
  • 3-4 pieces (per cube) candy canes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pinch (per cube) flaky sea salt (such as Maldon; available at specialty food shops and many grocery stores)

Materials:

  • silicone molds or ice cube trays
  • sticks or stirrers (you can use coffee stirrers, wooden popsicle sticks, or rock candy
  • skewers — avoid paper lollipop sticks as they will start to fall apart as they sit in the hot chocolate; I used plastic coffee stirrers)
  1. Directions:
    Whisk cocoa powder, confectioners’ sugar, and salt (plus any dried flavoring, if using) in a large bowl.
  2. Place the chopped chocolate (plus any extract, if using) in the top half of a double boiler set over barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until fully melted. Remove bowl from heat and wipe the bottom dry.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the melted chocolate into your dry ingredients. Fold in until mixture is smooth and ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  4. Transfer mixture to a heavy-duty Ziploc bag. Snip one corner and pipe into your mold. Tap the mold on your countertop to evenly level the mixture. Working with one cube at a time, add your stick/stirrer (plus any topping, if using). Let sit until it has hardened, which will take 3-4 hours (you can place in the fridge to speed things up, which should harden the cubes within an hour).
  5. Remove cubes from your molds, wrap, and store at room temperature.
  6. To serve: heat up 4-6 ounces of milk, add a cube, and stir until dissolved (be sure to include directions if giving these as a gift).
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