Thursday, January 10, 2013

DIY: Hot chocolate on a stick


I'm definitely a big coffee drinker (my brain refuses to wake up in the morning, until he gets his first caffeine shot) and I love all sorts of teas (except for the green tea: I''ve never really liked its taste). But when it comes to ultimate comfort drink, nothing beats the hot chocolate. And I'm talking about the real, rich chocolate melted in a cup of milk (like the one you can get at Angelina in Paris). I was looking for a pretty, practical and adorable option to make at home, and when I stumbled upon this post on Pinterest, I knew I had to give hot chocolate on a stick a try.

Let me warn you, this has nothing to do with the plain old cocoa powder: this is the real deal! It's as delicious and decadent as a chocolate can be. You can infuse your chocolate with crushed spices or vanilla seeds (but never use vanilla extract or alcohol: liquids would make your chocolate seize, which, in this case, is undesirable). And decorated with a pretty colorful twine and striped tags (mine were courtesy of Tomkat Studio), they'd make for a perfect and adorable gift for any chocolate lover in your life.

You'll need:

* 200g of good chocolate (dark or milk, it should work with white chocolate, too, but I haven't give it a try yet)
* 1tbsp of good quality cocoa powder, sifted
* 1 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
* Small plastic shot glasses (ice cube tray works well, too)
* Wooden spoons (I got mine on Etsy)

1. Chop the chocolate finely.
2. In a pan, make simmer 2 cups of water, than turn the heat down, so the water stays hot, but doesn't simmer anymore. This way, your melted chocolate will stay pretty and glossy.
3. Make a double boiler: place a glass or stainless steel bowl on the pan with water. Place the chocolate in the bowl and let melt almost completely, stirring continuously. 
4. Remove chocolate from the heat (make sure that not a drop of water penetrates into the chocolate, it would make it seize). Add sifted cocoa powder and sugar and stir (you want to add the powdered ingredients gradually, as you don't want your mixture to get too thick (it also depends on the texture of your chocolate). You want it to be thicker than melted chocolate, but you should still be able to pour it.
5. Pour the chocolate mixture (while it's still warm) into the small shot glasses. Place one wooden spoon in the middle (it should stand straight). Then let the chocolate harden in the fridge (since it's so cold outside, I placed mine on the balcony) for 10-15 minutes.
6. Remove chocolate blocks from the glasses.
7. One chocolate spoon makes for one mug of hot chocolate: preheat one cup of milk (or cream, or a mixture of both, as you wish) and swirl the chocolate spoon in the hot milk until it dissolves completely. 

Enjoy!

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13 comments:

  1. I've got the same coffee cup - i love it!:) Your hot choclote is perfect. If I knew your address I would send you a great Swiss chocolates :D! If you want to give it to me here is my email: myswisschocolatelife@onet.eu

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  2. Oh this is very sweet and it would be a lovely gift too ;)

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  3. Hi Ivana! this is the sweetest idea - literally too! I think it would be wonderful for a casual dinner party with friends or making little gifts, so cute!

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  4. Hi Ivana! How cute! Love the idea, is simple and also is perfect for a cold evening^^ I will pin some pics dear! Kisses!:*♥

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  5. Yum yum yum! I LOVE hot chocolate, it's my absolute favorite (except maybe hot chocolate with a little bit of Baileys...)

    Thanks for sharing- it looks delicious! :)

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  6. At first I wasn't sure what you were doing... but that is so cool. I've been loving hot chocolate like nobody's business. Think this would be great to try.

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  7. I've seen these in shops; I had no idea that one could make them at home! Will share this post with someone I know who would be interested in this.

    LUXESSED

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  8. Ow thats DIY is amazing. I love hot chocolate special when its cold outside like right now.
    xo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

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  9. This looks delicious and i want to make it! haha such a cute idea!

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  10. YUUMMMMMMM!!! Oh my gosh, my favorite winter drink and best of all- on a stick! Doesn't get any more scrumptious than that love!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such awesome feedback- hope to see you back soon sweets!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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  11. These are so adorable, and I do love the colourful twine. Hope you enjoyed your holiday. xo/Madison

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  12. This looks mega yummy, I love hot chocolate! I never drink coffee...I just wake up on my own. So pretty these...have a wonderful weekend doll xx

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