Gifts from the Kitchen

Oh my… My blog is quite deserted these days. But at least I’d like to send some advent greetings to whoever takes a look here from time to time.

I made these little hot-chocolate-on-a-sticks as gifts for friends and kindergarten teachers etc.

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Here’s how I made them (metric system, sorry…):

  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 100 g milk chocolate
  • 100 g milk or dark chocolate coating (or another 50 g chocolate plus 50 g coconut butter)
  • 100 ml cream
  • spices (as you like; in my case, I used cardamom seeds, plus a pinch of this really nice spice mixture containing ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, allspice, lemon grass, and cardamom).
  • Just a tad bit of Rhum
  • You will also need sticks; it can be popsicle sticks, or also cinnamon sticks, or any wooden stick; and for the molds, you could use large silicon ice cube molds, mini-muffin molds or espresso cups lined with plastic wrap).
  • Paper gift packaging

Melt the chocolate over a bain marie and heat up the cream with the spices; let the spices infuse for a while. Once the chocolate has melted, strain the cream and stir it into the chocolate mixture. Stir well, then at the end – if wanted – add a small shot of alcohol (Rhum, Grand Marnier, whatever you like).

Put the chocolate in the molds and let sit for 15-20 min. Then add the sticks. Let harden completely, wrap in plastic wrap and gift packaging.

VoilĂ !

You may use the template I designed for the packaging for personal purposes.