Festive Fortnight [6]: Hot Chocolate On A Stick

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!

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Two Semi-Healthy Smoothie-Cocktails

Okay, you’re probably thinking: Healthy cocktails? There is no such thing! While that’s probably true, these cocktails include some very healthy ingredients in addition to the obvious alcohol. They’re smoothie-cocktails, or smocktails, as I have dubbed them (still not sure I like the name, though).

I hung out with two of my best friends yesterday, and we decided to make our own smoothie-cocktails instead of going for good old wine as our drink of choice. That’s when these two delicious smocktails were born. Especially the first one (left picture), the Blueberry Banana Smocktail, is sooo good! But the Strawberry Smocktail was delicious as well. I didn’t plan on writing a blogpost about these, but they turned out so great that I couldn’t not share them with you. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my camera with me to my friend’s house, so these pictures were taken with my phone. You can’t see the colours very well, sorry about that! Trust me when I tell you they’re amazing, though.

Now, onto the recipes! I’m afraid the measurements aren’t extremely precise since we just threw some stuff together (or, my friend threw some stuff together and we watched), but that shouldn’t be too big of a problem. Oh, one more thing: you’ll need a blender for these recipes.

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