By now I consider myself to be a pretty decent baker. I know my way around the kitchen (when it comes to sweet stuff, at least – I’m an average cook) and I can think up a good recipe.
Apparently, though, that doesn’t mean I know how to handle a microwave.
I tried to squeeze making these hot chocolates on sticks in before an appointment I had, which meant I had to hurry a bit. That wasn’t necessarily a problem, though, because this recipe is about as easy it gets: melt chocolate; mix it with a couple of dry ingredients and put it in a mold. That’s it. I went wrong on that very first step.
Because I was in a hurry, I decided to quickly melt the chocolate in my microwave instead of going for a bain marie (which is my preferred method). Imagine my surprise when I turned around and saw smoke coming from the microwave. I’d burned the chocolate. Rookie mistake. As I’m writing this, my studio apartment still reeks from it, and my lovely orange-scented candle can barely mask it.
Anyway. If you aren’t such a doofus like me, this hot chocolate on a stick is super easy to make! They make lovely little gifts for your loved ones. All they need is a mug of warm milk, and when they stir it with one of these sticks, they’ll have a delicious hot chocolate!
You’ll need… (for 5 or 6 sticks)
- 230 g dark chocolate
- 65 g icing sugar
- 30 g cocoa powder
- a pinch of salt
- optional toppings: (mini-)marshmallows, chopped candy canes, sea salt
- silicone muffin tin
So, let’s get baking!
1. Melt chocolate Melt the chocolate in a bain marie or in the microwave.
2. Mix together icing sugar, salt and cocoa powder Take a bowl and mix together the icing sugar, salt and cocoa powder using a whisk or a spoon. You can also use the bowl of your stand mixer for this (if you have one), as you’ll be mixing in the chocolate next.
3. Mix in melted chocolate Take your melted chocolate and pour it into the dry ingredients. Mix it together until it’s evenly combined.
4. Transfer to pan Your muffin pan will probably have room for 12 muffins, but make sure to only use 8 of these. Transfer your chocolate mixture into the muffin pan. You can use a piping bag for this, or a spoon or ice cream scoop.
5. Add toppings and sticks Once you’ve transferred your chocolate mixture and evened it out, you should press a stick into the middle of each hot chocolate-to-be. Also add your toppings (marshmallows or crushed candy canes). Ever so lightly press them into the chocolate.
6. Let it cool Let it all cool for 6 hours or overnight.
If you want to make a gift out of these, you can wrap them in some transparent wrapping paper, like on the pictures below. They’ll look so cute!
And that’s it! Enjoy your homemade hot chocolate on a stick!