This is yet another Pinterest inspired project that I had to try. I love this idea and even more so I love that I can make them as thank you gifts to teachers, co-workers and of course the kids will love them too. I saw a lot of people doing these for the Christmas holiday but I didn’t get around to trying them until a few weeks ago. Luckily our winter has been extremely cold and snowy so I had time to try them out. These are the perfect treats to add a little warmth on those polar vortex days. You know, the days that you just want to hide under the covers… but work calls and you gotta get out of bed.
I made my first half batch of these a few weeks ago in preparation for our last snowstorm. The snow came as predicted so I packed them up and shared them with my co-workers along with milk and whipped cream (they brought the mugs). Needless to say, they were a big hit. They were so good that I had to try them again. This time it was a full batch with some minor tweeks based on what went wrong with my last batch. We were expecting another snowstorm this week so I had them prepared to share with my daughter’s preschool teachers and round two for my co-workers. I love giving gifts especially when they aren’t expected. Everyone I gave them to were really appreciative and loved the idea. What a nice way to warm up a cold icy day!!
I used the recipe from 30 Pounds of Apples Go there for great step by step pics and instructions.
What you need:
Lollipop or wooden sticks, peppermint sticks, spoons, etc.
Ice cube tray, baking pan, mini muffin pan or candy mold
8.8 oz. milk chocolate (I used Hersey’s, 4.4 oz bars)*
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate (I used Hersey’s semi-sweet chocolate, 4 ounce bars)*
1/2 c (1.5 oz) loosely packed cocoa **
1 c (4.5 oz) loosely packed powdered sugar **
1/8 tsp salt
mini marshmallows (optional)
I have to say, they are super cute and pretty tasty too BUT I will admit that after 2 batches, I am still learning from my mistakes. Here are a few of my lessons learned. Keep in mind that the taste is perfect but the execution has needed some fine tuning.
DOS AND DON’TS
- Do try this at least once
- Do use a silicone or plastic ice cube tray, mini muffin pan (with liners) OR a baking tray that is lined with parchment paper
- Do get creative with your toppings – crushed peppermint is perfect for left over candy canes, caramel or crushed toffee would work great too.
- Don’t use mini trays or chocolate molds because they are too small and you will have to use double the cubes to make your hot chocolate
- Don’t use trays that aren’t flat on the bottom because they won’t stand up
- Don’t use trays that are inflexible to pop the hot chocolate cube out. Otherwise the spoon, wooden sticks or candy canes will break or pull out of the chocolate cubes when you try to pull them out of the trays
How do you show appreciation to people in your life?
* Slightly different from original recipe
** I read some comments that the dry ingredients were too much and ruined the chocolate. You want the consistency of a brownie batter so I sifted the flour and cocoa and added them a little at a time to make sure the consistency was right!