Hot chocolate lovers, this post is for you.
You may think you are more-than-happy with the powdery hot chocolate you buy at the store, but this recipe may just change your mind.
Also, if you are looking for a thoughtful, homemade holiday gift, hot chocolate sticks can be packaged and shared with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, teachers ... you get the idea.
I first came upon a recipe for hot chocolate on a stick on Pinterest. I read several different recipes before settling on this recipe from Giversblog. The first batch was easy to make and ready within a half-hour.
While I will refer you to Giverslog for the full recipe, I will leave you with a couple pointers:
- In reading several different blogs and recipes, I would suggest buying a decent chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa butter. The Dark 60 Percent Cacao Chocolate Squares from Ghiradelli work well.
- Be sure to buy a sturdy stick. Wooden craft sticks that can be found at Michael's or other craft stores work well. If the stick is too flimsy, it will be hard to stir the hot chocolate with the milk.
- If you are eager to taste-test your hot chocolate creation, you can set your hot chocolate in the fridge instead of letting it set at room temperature. It will speed up the process. Once it is set, be sure to store the hot chocolate sticks at room temperature in an airtight container, according to Giversblog.
- There are plenty of creative ideas out there for packaging the hot chocolate sticks if you do decide to give as a gift. There are also free labels you can print off available on various blogs (like these, which can be found on whipperberry.com ).