• 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened baking chocolate (6oz)
  • 2 tsp espresso powder
  • wooden sticks
  • cocoa powder

a friend brought these up via email a week back…just when i was in migration hell. i was on recipe 175 and all i could think about was reformatting and to much photoshop work. all my cooking plans for personalized gifts…well, let’s just say, it was all put on the back burner (smile and sigh).

j saw me googling hot chocolate on a stick and he totally freaked out. my kids, much like myself are huge chocolate junkies. could this be something i could whip up, package and label quickly? yes! are they amazing! yes! could i add coffee to them? yes (not to mention dust them in cocoa)!

quick and easy to make, especially for someone like me who can not bake. the recipes were simple and very easy to follow.

i found a lot of recipes, they were all similar. some people added coffee, others espresso powder. some people dusted with cocoa while others were more festive and sprinkled crushed candy canes.

us, we kept it simple, for me, that just works. a little espresso powder, fresh cocoa, when they are all set and ready to go, add warm milk and stir. nothing in the world like it.

hot chocolate on a stick     adapted from king arthur flour

to prep: line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper or use candy or ice cube molds.

  1. in a pot or dutch oven (easy to clean) on a low simmer, heat the cream and condensed milk. turn off the burner and add chocolate mixing as it melts. set it aside for about 5 minutes.
  2. after 5 minutes, turn stove back on to a low simmer to melt the chocolate. whisk until the mixture is thick and shiny.
  3. at this point you can add espresso powder, some coffee or flavoring oil such as vanilla.
  4. pour the chocolate mixture into the pan or trays, and level the chocolate mixture either with a spatula or by gently shaking the pan.
  5. this is the time to let the mixture set. place in your fridge overnight. do not touch it.
  6. when mixture is set, take out of trays and cut into chunks with a long and sharp knife.
  7. carefully place a wooden stick into the center of each block. i used 2 blocks per stick.
  8. roll in cocoa if desired.

in a baggie, i put 2 sticks. tied it with cooking twine and a little note that said, melt in a mug of warm milk and enjoy!

all wrapped up and ready for drop off


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