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Friday, December 19, 2014

Chew on This | Homemade Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Still in need of a most excellent gift for family? Friends? Neighbors? Co-workers? Teachers? 
Running out of ideas? Running out of time? How about giving Homemade Hot Chocolate on a Stick? Making these adorable hot chocolate squares is super easy. They make an absolutely delicious cup of cocoa. And, they're a thoughtful, homemade touch no one can resist.

One batch makes between 25 -36 hot chocolate squares, depending on how you cut them. So you'll be getting a lot of gift recipients checked off your list with one batch. I wrap each square individually (one serving) and give at least two squares per recipient. To make the gift extra special, I purchased mugs, put the sticks in them, and wrapped them beautifully.

Happy gifting!!


Here's our recipe:

Hot Chocolate on a Stick
(recipe adapted via King Arthur Flour)
1/2 C heavy cream
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t cayenne pepper
2 1/2 C dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1  1/4 C semisweet chocolate chips

8x8" pan lined with parchment paper
25-36 popsicle sticks
cocoa powder -  for dusting

In a sauce pan, combine your heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper over medium-low heat. Vinously whisk the mixture, to incorporate the spices. Heat mixture until steaming. Remove the pan from the heat and add in your chocolates. Allow the chocolates to sit and melt in the milk mixture for about 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, return the pan to the burner over low heat. Whisk the mixture continuously until the chocolate is completely melted. The chocolate should be thick and shiny.

Pour the chocolate into your prepared pan. Level the chocolate with a knife and allow it to set up overnight. When ready, turn the chocolate out onto a cutting board. Cut the chocolate into squares and dust tops with cocoa powder. Insert sticks into the top of each chocolate square. Wrap each individual square in plastic wrap or a small plastic bag. Gift away!!

*Make sure to give your recipient directions on how to use their Hot Chocolate Stick! 
Place a Hot Chocolate stick into a mug of hot milk, stir, stir, stir....enjoy!!

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