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08 Oct

Hot Chocolate On A Stick? Yes Please!

I love hot chocolate and I love popcicles. Therfore, I love this idea. This comes from the absolutely adorable blog Givers Log. It’s for all of us who can’t get enough of this warm chocolately beverage, even on a hot Summer’s Day! Keep in mind, I’m no good at cooking, baking or anything that requires high skills in the kitchen department- so you know if I post a recipe, it’s gotta look pretty easy! I know what I’ll bed doing this weekend- trying out this recipe. I’ll let you know how it goes!

FOR FULL INSTRUCTIONS CLICK HERE

Hot Chocolate on a Stick
10 cubes of hot chocolate (ice-cube-tray size)
(use 1 oz. hot chocolate on a stick per every 1 cup milk or cream)

Equipment:
Ziplock bags or piping bags
A double boiler or pan with a glass bowl that can sit over the simmering  water
Some kind of chocolate mold, ice trays work great
Stir sticks or a bag of wooden craft sticks like I used (like these, available at any craft store)

Ingredients:
8 oz. chocolate (see note above), bittersweet, semisweet, milk, and  white chocolate all work
1/4 cup cocoa, sifted
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted pinch of salt

6 cups milk and 2 cups heavy cream if you plan to enjoy these right  away

Method
(read a whole post about melting chocolate, including how to  melt in the microwave, here)

  1. If your chocolate is in a block, chop it into even-sized meltable  pieces. Simmer a couple inches of water in a pan, then turn down the  heat so the water is below a simmer. I like to remove the pan from the  heat, but if you keep it on, keep that water below a simmer. Place glass  or stainless steel bowl over the top to make a double boiler. If the  bowl touches the water it’s alright, as long as your water is mildly  warm, not hot. Dump chocolate into the clean, dry bowl and stir as the  chocolate melts. (If you are patient and let those chunks melt slowly,  keeping them from getting over 90 degrees F or 88 degrees F for milk and  white chocolate, the chocolate will stay “in temper” and will still be  nice and pretty when it cools.)
  2. Once the chocolate is 2/3 melted, with just some pieces of the  chocolate unmelted, remove the bowl from the pan, dry the bottom with a  towel and continue stirring until chocolate is fully melted. This is  just one more step to keep the chocolate from getting too hot.
  3. Add cocoa, sugar, and salt and continue to stir until combined. The  chocolate will be thicker, as thick as frosting, but stir on. If it  looks and feels grainy it’s possible you’ve accidentally gotten a drop  of water in the mixture. If it has gotten water in it and has seized up,  it will still taste alright, it just won’t be as pretty or smooth or  melt quite as fast.
  4. Scoop chocolate into a ziplock bag and clip off the corner.
  5. Pipe the chocolate into your chocolate mold, tapping the mold on the  counter to make sure all the chocolate settles into the mold. Add a  stir stick and you’re done. The stir stick should stay upright without  any trouble. If the chocolate bursts through the bag in places you don’t  want it to, just put the whole thing in another bag. If the chocolate  starts to get too thick to squeeze, just put the whole thing in a  microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or so at half power.
  6. Let the chocolate cool either at room temperature or in the fridge  if you’re in a hurry. I find the chocolate pops out of the mold nicely  if it’s been in the fridge. It’s okay to cool chocolate in the fridge,  just don’t store it there, because chocolate soaks up the odors of other  foods pretty quickly.
  7. If you don’t like the look of the chocolate once it is removed from  the mold, you can dip the cubes into a new batch of plain melted  chocolate for a shinier finish (again, try to keep chocolate from  heating over 90 degrees, or use candy melts, which don’t need to be in  temper, they will stay shiny and pretty even if you go above 90  degrees). This also lets you add sprinkles or crushed candy or just lets  you dip in fun patterns. I like dipping at an angle into a different  color of chocolate.
  8. In order to enjoy these, heat up any combo of milk, water, half and  half, or cream. I like 6 cups milk with 2 cups heavy cream. One ounce of  chocolate on a stick should be melted into one cup milk or cream. So a  standard ice cube-tray block, which is 3/4 an ounce, should be melted  into a mug with 3/4 cup milk or cream in it.

Word  of warning: no water!
There is one thing you need to know before working with chocolate if  you  don’t already: never let water or alcohol touch it. Not a drop.

 

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Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Cheats

 

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