We recently had a cold snap here, which I hear is in store for the rest of the country as well. (I don’t know what that means, because I’m pretty sure it’s actually “winter” for the rest of you, but that’s what the weather man said.) I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better way to warm up than a nice cup of hot chocolate.
Not just any hot chocolate, but THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE IN ALL THE LAND!
I know this because I was told so by my co-worker when she had some. And also from those who received it in their Christmas baskets.
Oh, and it’s way more fun than regular hot chocolate, because it’s on a stick! How fun is that? Just stir it into hot milk (note: really hot milk, unless you want to eat the fudgey leftovers like
I some people do).
It’s so good it’ll warm you right up. It will warm your tummy and your heart. Especially when served in an adorable, heart-warming penguin cup. (BF took this pic with his iPad)
This is nice to enjoy while warming your toes with your loved one, or as quietly as possible standing in front of the fridge. I store mine in the fridge because I think it stands to reason they should last longer that way. In the event that they hang around long enough that their shelf-life becomes a concern.
Did I mention that it’s also delicious on its own as a fudge-pop? Like a lollipop made of fudge. Fudge on a lollipop stick. Whatever. Or, ya know, as a cube of not-hot chocolate.
You should always taste for quality-control. You wouldn’t want to gift a sub-par product, would you?
Hot Chocolate on a Stick
[ Printable Recipe ]
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (1 1/4 cups)
- 3 cups semisweet chocolate (chopped chocolate bars or chips)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or extract of your choice)
- Lollipop sticks
1. Line an 8″ x 8″ pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
2. Heat the cream and condensed milk over low heat until steaming. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate. Set aside for 10 minutes while the chocolate melts.
3. After your 10 minutes have passed, return the pan to the burner and whisk over low heat until the chocolate has completely melted. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is thick and shiny. This is where you can add extract, if you wish. I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract, you could make peppermint hot chocolate with peppermint extract, or hazelnut with hazelnut extract… you get the picture.
4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan and shake the pan to level. Set aside overnight (I stored mine in the microwave… with the microwave off, of course).
5. Remove your chocolate from the pan by pulling your foil handles (if you covered the pan in foil), or you can turn it upside down if you like. If you didn’t line your pan (aka – didn’t follow step #1), gently go around the edges of the pan with a butter knife to loosen the chocolate, then remove it from the pan.
6. Slice into 1″ to 1-1/2″ cubes (I actually tried to size mine to the diameter of my marshmallows). Heat a knife in hot water and wipe dry before each cut, for smoothest cuts. Stick a lollipop stick into the center of the marshmallow, then the center of each chocolate block. I wrapped mine in cellophane bags that were made for “cake pops” (the bags and sticks actually came together as a cake pop kit, but the sticks were a little shorter than I’d have liked.)
7. When you are ready to consume your hot chocolate, just stir it into 8 ounces of hot milk -plus or minus a couple ounces, depending on how chocolatey you want your hot chocolate.