Dec 31, 2012

Hot Chocolate (on a Stick!)

Hey everyone!  Are you still on a Christmas sugar high? I had to send a huge bag of chocolates/goodies to work with Tom just to get it out of the house. But there is still too much of it around. And this doesn't include the two pies and 15 or so cupcakes in the fridge.


But I'm not completely innocent - I made chocolate treats to give out to our friends and family too. This is hot chocolate - on a stick! You just need to stir one into a cup of hot water or milk until it melts and you're done. You can even eat them as they are if you're needing a chocolate fix!

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog


It's a pretty simple recipe that just requires some patience.

You'll need:
Chocolate for melting - discs or bars
Unsweetened cocoa
Icing (confectioner's) sugar
Molds - icecube trays, popsicle trays, - get inventive!
Coffee stirsticks or popsicle sticks

You'll also need a place to put the sticks while the dip is hardening. We cut slits into some cardboard and set them up on top of plastic containers.

You'll start by setting up a double boiler on the stove. We used a pot filled with an inch or two of water, a glass bowl to hold the chocolate, and a staybowlizer between to keep the bowl in place.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog

You can use whatever chocolate you like - we bought some chocolate discs from the local bulk store in Belgian milk chocolate. We also bought candy melts in different colours, and some crushed candy canes for decorating.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog

Break the chocolate up and melt it slowly in the bowl. With the double boiler you don't really have to worry about it burning or melting too quickly. I was so nervous the first time because I read all about getting it too hot, or not letting any liquid touch it, but as I went along (4 batches? 5 batches? There were some errors) I got more relaxed.

Once the chocolate is melted start adding your powdered cocoa and icing sugar, a bit at a time, until it is blended well. My measurements weren't exact, maybe 3 tablespoons of each for every 4 (pre-melted) cups of chocolate. You don't want to add too much as this will make the mixture too stiff and it won't pour into the mold.

Spoon the mixture into your mold, filling them about 3/4 of the way. We found some cool ice cube trays at Solutions that were long and skinny - perfect for a mug. Once full, tap the mould against the counter a couple of times to remove any air bubbles.  Slowly insert your sticks into each section making sure they don't go all the way to the bottom.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog

Put your mold in the fridge and let it cool for 2 or 3 hours. The chocolate blocks should pop out fairly easily when you pull on the sticks. We were lucky in that the bottom of our ice cube tray popped off and we could push the chocolate out from the bottom.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog

You can leave the sticks the way they are and they're ready to use, or you can decorate them to make them a little more fun. 

To decorate:
Heat some candy melts in the double boiler the same way you did the chocolate. We used white, green, and dark brown melts - each in a separate dish. I think the white ones turned out the nicest. Use a pastry brush to quickly brush the melted candy onto each stick and then sprinkle the crushed candy cane all over it. You probably think it would be easier to dip them, but the chocolate melts too quickly and you'll end up with a funky looking finished product. 

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog

I used foil takeout containers from the dollar store to package them up. Inside I layered green and red tulle, and then wax paper to protect the chocolate.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog

I glued wrapping paper to the lid of the container to fancy it up, and then wrapped it with raffia and a burlap ribbon bow.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog

I also included some instructions inside so that people would know what to do with the sticks.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog

How about that? Once I got the hang of it there wasn't much to it and the result was so, so pretty. I hope everyone who received a box loved them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Turtles and Tails blog



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51 comments:

LAUREN WEST said...

these look delicious, i was seeing them at all the parties i was linking to and your making me hungry~

Maureen said...

How cool! I must give it a try.

Lauren @ The Well Crafted Home said...

These are awesome! Knowing me I would probably just eat the chocolate right off the stick haha! I would love for you to link this project up at Well Crafted Wednesdays! You can find the link here:

http://thewellcraftedhome.blogspot.com/2013/01/well-crafted-wednesdays-30-link-party.html

MegaCrafty said...

Yum- I'll have to try making these for next year... or Valentine's Day.

Vikki Wallis said...

Yummy ! Love your
blog! I would love for you to visit my
linky party going on now at
http://wallisfarmsdailywalk.blogspot.com/2013/01/blog-post.html



Have a great day!

Mandy @ SugarBeeCrafts said...

Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts. You were featured today! -

--Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

Debi Bolocofsky said...

This is a wonderful gift idea. I just pinned it. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.

http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2013/01/week-in-review-and-wednesdays-adorned.html

Debi @ Adorned From Above

Crafting in the Rain said...

How fun are those!

BarbSteadman said...

And they taste good too! :-)

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks, Mandy!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Let me know how it goes - complete trial and error for me!

BarbSteadman said...

Yes, I ate way too much chocolate while I was making them!

BarbSteadman said...

I hope you do - they're so much fun.

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

Crystelle Boutique said...

Oh my! this looks so delicious. What a awonderful and personal gift. I bet your friends love you... :)

x crystelle

shabby sweet tea said...

These are just too cute! I am thinking I could try this out for Valentines Day treats:)

Aishah Choudhury said...

This is such a good idea! Thanks for sharing :D

Ginger Bergemann said...

Wow! These are great! My kiddos aren't into hot drinks yet, so they'd probably just eat them as is, but I love me a good cup of hot chocolate. Mmm.

I'd love if you shared these at my Show & Tell link party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/01/show-tell-7.html

Mark Redshaw said...

What an awesome idea! I would love if you would share on Inspired Weekends, my new free for all style blog hop open through Thursdays!


Katie @ Horrific Knits

Katie said...

http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/inspired-weekends-1/

Sorry, forgot the link!

Carrie said...

Love this idea! I have a star silicone mold. Do you think that would work? Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects!

CrazyforCrust said...

I love this idea SOOOO much!

Marcie Dias Peterson said...

Yum! These look so good. So glad you shared then on "I Gotta Try That"
Hugs,
Marcie

Amanda said...

So pretty! These look super yummy and would be an awesome gift to receive. Thanks for linking up to I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you share this week.

Resa@PticherAndPlate.com said...

What an adorable idea! Absolutely love it. Could be really cute for Valentines. Thanks so much for sharing.

Judy said...

These look amazing. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

Mom On Timeout said...

Just shared on Facebook - such a fun idea! Thank you so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

Sam | Atkinson Drive said...

These are brilliant and beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects...come grab a button because I featured you this week!

http://www.atkinsondrive.com/pinworthy-projects-features/

Jill said...

What a great idea!! They look absolutely delicious too! YUM! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation! I am going to be featuring these tonight on my blog!
Jill

Becky said...

This is the cutest idea! My girls would love 'em! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

Emily @Sweet Bella Roos said...

These would be such a cute gift- and so easy to coordinate to the holiday, etc. Thanks for sharing at Pin It Thursday, I featured you here http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2013/01/10/pin-it-thursday-17/

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Congratulations! You've been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! These look so yummy I'd just eat them as they are! Thanks for sharing and stop by the website to pick up your "I've been Featured" button!

Shannon said...

Featuring you today! :)

http://sewingbarefoot.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-weekly-creative-16.html



Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

Angela Addington said...

I am such a hot chocolate fanatic!! We are featuring this on our Mom Blogger Monday at Dayton.Mom-Spot.com. This is such an ingenious idea, we had to share.

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks, Shannon!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks, Emily!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks, Judy!

BarbSteadman said...

I also did chocolate covered pretzel sticks for Valentine's - you'll have to check it out!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

The site I used mentioned them - it would probably make them even easier to remove.

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks, Katie!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

Barb said...

Great recipe! But now I am looking to make Popsicles and I'm wondering what mold you used to make these, please let me know! Thank you!

Barb said...

Hi Jake,
I replied in an email, but for anyone else, you can get them at Solutions - http://www.solutions-stores.ca/ecommerce/control/product/~category_id=010009002001/~product_id=46818

The pop-off bottom is awesome.

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