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.
* 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.