Handmade Christmas: Hot Chocolate sticks with homemade marshmallowsDecember 13, 2010 at 6:00 am | Posted in Food, Handmade Christmas | 2 Comments
Tags: gift recipe, handmade Christmas, hot chocolate on a stick
Hot chocolate sticks are a fun Christmas gift that is both shelf stable and consumable. This means that the recipient can put it in the cupboard for a month or two, and then enjoy it after all the cookies are gone. And once its consumed, it is gone without adding clutter that the recipient might feel obligated to keep. They are simple, and it is easy to make a large batch to be divided into several small gifts. You could use store bought marshmallows in place of homemade – I had a lot of fun making them from scratch.
You will need a lolipop mold or an inexpensive ice cube tray to make the sticks. I picked up two water bottle ice cube trays at the dollar tree, and used my dremel to cut slits into the end for the skewers to rest in. You could also use a regular ice cube tray, and stand popsicle sticks up in it instead. You will also need this recipe, 8 oz of chocolate, 1/4 cup of cocoa, and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. The recipe post on givers log has very detailed instructions, and a long explanation of which type of chocolate to use.
The short version is to melt the chocolate over a double boiler.
Then stir in the dry stuff (and wonder if this awful looking mess will really turn into pretty chocolate sticks?)
Then fill a ziplock with the goo, and carefully pipe it into your modified ice cube trays (or other mold.) Be sure to insert the stick while the chocolate is still warm.
Then you pop them into the freezer for 10-15 minutes, and remove them from the molds ever so carefully. I melted some white chocolate while the sticks cooled in the freezer, and then dipped them in it. I also has a small amount of red and green chocolate, so I had a lot of fun decorating the sticks. After all of the chocolate has set, wrap each stick in wax paper. If you will be keeping them for more than a day, store in an airtight container away from anything smelly (like bananas, bell peppers, cinnamon, etc.)
Follow Alton Brown’s recipe for homemade marshmallows, or buy some from the store. I cut mine out with a mini cookie cutter. Attach directions (stir one stick into 3/4 cup hot milk, cream, or half and half,) a few marshmallows, and some pretty ribbon curls, and you are ready to gift. I find that the colored chocolate wafers go on sale right after a holiday, for 50-75% off their normal price. Since they are shelf stable for a few years if stored properly, I will pick up a few bags after St Patrick’s and Valentines so that I will have plenty of red and green for decorating and dipping.