One of my favourite things to make for gifts at Christmas is hot chocolate on sticks. They are so simple to do, but are such a great gift to give because everyone loves hot chocolate don’t they!
I’ve written about making these before but since then I’ve found a much better recipe that gives a richer, creamier and just generally nicer hot chocolate. I usually just make milk/dark chocolate stirers but this year I thought I’d mix it up a bit and make some white chocolate ones.
What you’ll need;
- 600 grams of chocolate – I used 350g of white and 300g of a mix of dark and milk chocolate. If you’re using white chocolate you’ll need a bit more of it to make the mixture really thick! And you could also just use 600g of one type of chocolate.
- 120ml double cream
- 397g tin of condensed milk (this is just the standard sized tin which makes it easy!)
- Ice cube tray or brownie pan (I used this Wilton one and an ice cube tray as it makes slightly more than the brownie pan)
- Lollipop sticks or mini spoons.
What to do;
As I made white and milk/dark chocolate stirers, I halved the ingredients and did it in two pans – But if you’re doing just one flavour don’t split it.
- Half the cream and the condensed milk and add them into a saucepans. In each saucepan mix equal amounts of the milk and cream and whisk them together.
- Heat the cream and condensed milk over a low flame until it simmers. Don’t let it boil and mix it regularly so that it doesn’t burn to the pan.
- I added the vanilla seeds from 3 vanilla pods to the pan the white chocolate mixture was going in because I love white chocolate Magnums and I thought it might be a little like that!
- Add one spoon to a cup of hot milk and stir until the whole block has dissolved. Serve with whipped cream and marshmallows for the full hot chocolate experience. (Or eat straight off the spoon as I caught Jim doing the other day! He claims he just needed a chocolate fix!)
As you can see the vanilla seeds in the white hot chocolate are really visible and they add something extra that balances out the crazy sweetness that white chocolate tends to have and is really lovely. And the milk and dark chocolate stirers, well they are delicious but isn’t hot chocolate always!
You can see more festive DIY posts on the Cotton Traders Christmas Advent Calendar!