Hot Chocolate on a Stick
Nothing beats a mug of hot chocolate in front of a warm fire. Mix it up this Winter and serve Hot Chocolate on a Stick instead!
Hot Chocolate on a Stick
10 oz. good quality chocolate, coarsely chopped
¼ cup milk
½ cup cocoa powder
½ cup + 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
Ice cube tray
For Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate (Optional)
3 Tbsp creamy peanut butter (or 3 full-size peanut butter cups)
For Peppermint Hot Chocolate (Optional)
¼ tsp peppermint extract
1 candy cane, crumbled
For the Caramel Hot Chocolate (Optional)
3 Tbsp caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought)
For each mug of Hot Chocolate
1 cup milk
1 Hot Chocolate on a Stick
mini-marshmallows, optional garnish
Place a medium saucepan filled with about 1” of water over medium-low heat. Place a small heat-safe bowl on top of the pan. Add the chopped chocolate and milk to the bowl and heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate has fully melted and mixture is smooth.
(Optional) If making the Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate, add the peanut butter in Step 1. Heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate and peanut butter are fully melted and well combined.
(Optional) If making the Caramel Hot Chocolate, add the caramel sauce in Step 1. Heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate and caramel are fully melted and well combined.
Meanwhile, sift together the cocoa powder and powdered sugar.
Once the chocolate has fully melted, remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Stir until mixture is smooth. (It will almost resemble a stiff dough.)
(Optional) If making the Peppermint Hot Chocolate, add the peppermint extract along with the cocoa powder and powdered sugar. After pressing the chocolate into the molds, sprinkle the tops with the crumbled candy cane.
Press chocolate mixture firmly into the ice cube tray.
Insert craft sticks into the center of each cube and place tray in the refrigerator overnight, or until fully hardened.
Remove the chocolate from the molds. (Tip: Use a small butter knife to help loosen the edges of the chocolate cubes before pulling them out of the mold.)
To make the Hot Chocolate
Heat milk until very hot (but not boiling). Place one Hot Chocolate on a Stick into the mug and stir for 3-4 minutes, or until chocolate has fully melted. If necessary, reheat the milk in the microwave.
I recommend refrigerating the ice cube tray overnight in order for the chocolate to harden and the craft sticks to stay firmly in each piece.