Who can resist a warm cup of hot chocolate in the winter time? When there’s a chill in the air it always has a way of making me feel warm and cozy, so with the holidays fast approaching I wanted to pass on a little warmth to friends and family with some homemade hot chocolate on a stick. I saw this idea for the first time last year and knew that I needed to bookmark it for this winter. For a basic hot chocolate on a stick I used the recipe from More Design Please. It’s easy and all you need are a couple of materials and ingredients.
What You’ll Need:
• Stir Sticks (I used wooden craft sticks)
• A mold for your chocolate (I used a star shaped ice tray but a regular ice tray works fine)
• Ziplock bag or piping bag
• Glass bowl
• 8 oz baking chocolate
• 1/4 cup of cocoa
• 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
Sift the cocoa and confectioners sugar into a bowl and set aside.
Chop or break down your chocolate into small pieces, this will allow it to melt faster. Put your chocolate into a glass bowl and heat it in the microwave for about 1 minute. With a wooden spoon mix your chocolate to check that it is almost completely melted (be careful handling the bowl because it will be hot). If not, heat once again checking it after a couple seconds. When your chocolate is almost completely melted remove from the microwave. Add the cocoa and sugar to your melted chocolate and stir until they are completely mixed together. At this point your chocolate will become thick.
Scoop the chocolate into the ziplock bag and snip off the corner. Gently pipe the chocolate into your mold. Tap the mold on the counter a couple of times as you go in order to get the chocolate to settle. Add your preferred stick and let it sit for a couple of hours to cool.
To cozy up with some hot chocolate just stir into a cup of heated milk or package them for holiday gifts or wedding favors. Since I’m giving mine away I sprinkled some red colored sugar on top of the chocolate after I added my stick for an extra wow factor. You can also be creative and add some crushed peppermint or other edible decorations on top. I finished the look with two deep coral colored circle labels in the Morocco style which I placed back to back on the tip of the stick. With two labels I was able to put a personal message on one side and instructions on the other.
If you’re feeling adventurous try infusing your chocolate with different flavors such as raspberry, orange or hazelnut. For this more advanced hot chocolate on a stick you’ll need to follow a different recipe which can be found at Make and Takes. With more than one flavor of hot chocolate you can finish your packaging with multiple tags which include a personal message, instructions and one where you can write the different flavors. I’m sure that anyone who receives your homemade gift will feel warm and cozy as they enjoy it. Cheers to chocolatey goodness!
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