Hot Chocolate on a Stick

So I’ve been hearing about hot chocolate on a stick for awhile now. And it wasn’t clicking in my brain, and I wasn’t sure I cared enough to find out what it was, thinking it was going to be something that doesn’t make a ton of sense, like frozen hot chocolate (what does that even mean? I mean, it’s delicious, but what does it mean?)

Finally my curiosity got the better of me and I googled it and suddenly it made a ton of sense, like all the sense in the world–a perfectly portioned premium hot chocolate mix, on a stick, perfect for holiday treat-giving. You can melt it in hot milk for the most delicious hot chocolate ever, especially if you dress it up with add-ins like crushed peppermints, Andes mint pieces, melty caramel, toffee pieces, or marshmallows.

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You can set them out at a hot chocolate bar at holiday parties. You can snack on one because while dipping into the canister of dry hot chocolate mix would be considered socially inappropriate, nipping at a concentrated cube of chocolate is always appropriate.

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To get started, you’re going to need unsweetened baking chocolate, semisweet chocolate chips (I add in some milk chocolate chips as well), some heavy cream, and a can of sweetened condensed milk. Also, just a note about measurements–we’ve had some people say that the consistency has not come out correctly and that it’s a big, blobby mess. I hate to heart that and I can’t say that I know exactly what went wrong, but if you held me on the edge of a cliff and made me guess, I’d say something was off in the measurements. So. I cannot recommend strongly enough that you should use a scale to measure out the chocolate instead of using measuring cups. If you don’t have one, this is the one that I have and I absolutely love it.

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Line an 8″ pan with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine the whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, as well as a teaspoon of vanilla.

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Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the milk is steaming. Remove from heat and add the chocolate.

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Stir, then allow to stand for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, whisk the mixture until it is smooth and shiny.

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Transfer the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan

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and smooth the top as much as possible. Cover the pan and refrigerate overnight.

After the chocolate has chilled, invert the pan and transfer the chocolate onto a clean surface. Using a sharp knife, lightly make 6 score marks 1 1/2″ apart in one direction and then repeat in the opposite direction. Run the knife under hot water, wipe dry, then cut straight down along one of the lines. Run the knife under hot water, wipe, cut, and repeat until you have 36 blocks that are more or less the same size.

Insert a large lollipop stick, wooden apple/candy stick, or even disposable wooden spoons into the middle of each chocolate cube.

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To serve, heat 8-10 ounces of hot milk…

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and pour it over the chocolate cube.

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(those are Mint Andes pieces in the bottom of the mug. If that’s wrong, I don’t wanna be right.)

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You can add in crushed peppermint candies, chocolate covered mint candy pieces (like Andes mints), caramel drops, marshmallows, or crushed toffee pieces.

To give as gifts, add 1-2 spoonfuls of whatever add-ins you want to the bottom of a cellophane bag…

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Add the hot chocolate on a stick and tie with a ribbon.

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I’ve made a printable that you can use with these–just check off which add-ins you’ve added!

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick


Description

Rich, velvety chocolate is skewered on a stick before dissolving in hot milk to make the ultimate hot chocolate, a perfect easy gift or for a hot chocolate bar!


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces (weighed) unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 14 ounces (weighed) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 (weighed) ounces milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line an 8″ pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, and the vanilla. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the milk is steaming. Remove from heat and add the chocolate. Stir, then allow to stand for 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes, whisk the mixture until it is smooth and shiny. Transfer the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top as much as possible. Cover the pan and refrigerate overnight.
  4. After the chocolate has chilled, invert the pan and transfer the chocolate onto a clean surface. Using a sharp knife, lightly make 6 score marks 1 1/2″ apart in one direction and then repeat in the opposite direction. Run the knife under hot water, wipe dry, then cut straight down along one of the lines. Run the knife under hot water, wipe, cut, and repeat until you have 36 blocks that are more or less the same size.
  5. Insert a large lollipop stick, wooden apple/candy stick, or even disposable wooden spoons into the middle of each chocolate cube.
  6. To serve, melt the chocolate cube in 8-10 ounces of hot milk. You can add in crushed peppermint candies, chocolate covered mint candy pieces (like Andes mints), caramel drops, marshmallows, or crushed toffee pieces.

Notes

  • To give as gifts, add 1-2 spoonfuls of the add-ins to the bottom of a cellophane bag. Add a hot chocolate on a stick, then tie with a ribbon.

25 comments

  1. I mean the melty caramel pieces…I see that the toffee is a totally different one. I thought it was crumbled peanut butter cup! Also delicious here!!!

  2. I made these last night. Was I to grease the parchment paper as they are sticking to it? Mine are nothing but a sticky blog that has no form or shape to them. I am going to try freezing them for a few hours to see if they will work better. They are not the nice squares that you got. Any ideas on what went wrong?

  3. If I wanted to make a big batch for my own family to use over the winter, how long do you think they’d keep for and how ephod you recommend storing it?

  4. How awesome! I had one of these a few years ago. My milk wasn’t quite hot enough, but it was indeed luscious!! I am totally making these for Christmas gifts for work and non-work friends (and for my ex-husband’s cousins, who are like my own)!!

  5. I too love this idea, it is my answer to “what to give the new, adorable neighbor kiddos”:) I’m worried about the cutting though, that is always my downfall..how easy or hard is it to cut??? Any other suggestions other than the ones you have mentioned? Cutting right from the fridge leads me to think cutting is difficult and jagged edges from breaking are a definite possibility. TIA for any help.

    1. It’s easy to cut–the consistency is similar to fudge, even when it’s cold. Heating up the knife helps get clean cuts, but as long as you take it slow, it’s easy to get them to look nice! 🙂

        1. 🙁 I was able to get the parchment off after 36 hours in the freezer, but it is still too soft. I can’t cut them neatly nor remove the blob off the cutting board without it looking like a mess. The taste is excellent, it’s just not pretty enough for gifts. It must have something to do with the heating/melting of the chocolate but I’m not inclined to try again.

  6. Oh dear. I was already planning on doing cookie plates for neighbor gifts, but now I have to make these too…maybe I will just have to drink a lot of hot chocolate this month. Bummer. 😉

  7. Wow these are little cubes of genius. I love the idea of a hot chocolate bar and I’m in no way averse to nibbling at one maybe two of these cubes. Perfect for gifts. Such a brilliant idea thank you. Sammie.

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