When it comes to hot chocolate sticks, the possibilities are literally endless. Think of all the flavour combinations or toppings you could use! And guess what? You can absolutely make vegan and gluten free versions of these without even breaking a sweat. These hot chocolate stirrers are honestly the most perfect homemade Christmas gift EVER! Want to know more? Read on my friend…
Someone once told me “Time is the most valuable thing you ever get. You can’t buy more and you can never get it back.” It’s a phrase that’s always resonated with me. This is why I love homemade gifts as I feel like, if you take the time to make something for someone, it’s so much more precious than a big expensive gift could ever be.
With that in mind, I’ve been trying to think of super easy (and not too expensive) homemade Christmas gifts that you can make for your loved ones this year. Whether you’re trying to cut back on spending or just want to show someone how much you love them, these hot chocolate sticks really are the perfect homemade gift!
They don’t have to be expensive at all! I’ve tried making these with the cheap supermarket own brand bars of chocolate and they’ve still been really delicious. Do bear in mind that, whatever chocolate you decide to buy, will be the dominant overall flavour. So make sure it’s one you/your loved ones really like.
As for the equipment, (wooden teaspoons/lollipop sticks, cellophane wrap, curling ribbon etc) all of it can be bought from places like eBay or Amazon very cheaply.
Any chocolate you like! If you can melt it, you can use it. I do recommend using the best quality chocolate you can afford though as that’s what is going to give the hot chocolate all it’s flavour. You could even use your favourite brands of chocolate to make them really special. (i.e. Galaxy, Dairy Milk etc)
Now this is a seriously fun question! Here are some that I am desperate to try…
Ideally you want to try and use things that will melt. Here are a few ideas…
These will easily last for 2 – 3 weeks once wrapped. And if you don’t use marshmallows? They’ll last even longer! Marshmallows harden over time once taken out their packet. So if you want a really long shelf life, stick to things like fudge pieces, chocolate buttons or Reese’s peanut butter chocolate chips.
You will need about 50g chocolate per stick, plus whatever you are going to top it with.
Of course you can use all kinds of crazy expensive silicone moulds but honestly? I like to use small fromage frais yoghurt pots. You know, those cute little ones that toddlers eat? (i.e. petit filous). They’re SO much cheaper plus you get free yoghurt! Just make sure you wash them well before you use them.
Absolutely! It’s much easier than you think too. There are plenty of vegan and gluten free chocolates available now and not all of them are super expensive either. For example, you could use Bourneville Dark Chocolate Orange topped with vegan mini marshmallows – YUM! A lot of supermarket own brand dark chocolate is accidentally vegan too. Remember to always check the labels though, especially if you are making hot chocolate sticks for people with allergies.
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Here is what you will need to make 12.
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First and most importantly lightly grease each yoghurt pot with a little oil and set to one side until needed. I find it easiest to use my fingers rather than a pastry brush.
Now break the white chocolate (300g | 10.5 oz) into a microwavable bowl and the milk chocolate (300g | 10.5 oz) into another microwavable bowl. For the white chocolate, heat in 10 second intervals in the microwave. Make sure you stir well between each time. When it’s two thirds melted, stir until it’s completely melted and smooth. Repeat for the milk chocolate.
Fill each greased yoghurt pot with metled white or milk chocolate to about two thirds full. (I prefer to use disposable piping bags for this job as it’s less messy.)
Once the pots have chocolate in, carefully push a wooden teaspoon or lollipop stick into the middle of each one. The chocolate should hold them in place.
Time for the fun bit! The toppings. Top some with mini marshmallows and others with mini fudge pieces. Try and squeeze in as many as you can but try not to push them into the chocolate – keep them on the top.
If you need to, re-centre the wooden teaspoons/lollipop sticks so they’re straight and in the middle. Then place them into the fridge to set completely for around 3 – 4 hours. (Overnight is fine too.)
When they’re completely set, carefully pull them out the yoghurt pot moulds. Now you’re ready to gift wrap!
Tadah! You now have the cutest most delicious homemade gifts EVER! You should definitely keep one of two back for yourself though. I mean, all that making is thirsty work! Plus I guarantee you’re going to love them too…
Will you be gifting some beautiful hot chocolate sticks this Christmas? I’d love to know if you are! Send me your pics and comments on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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