Because a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down…
Chocolate spoons stirring into hot chocolate. Chocolate lollipops of love transforming your milk into the beverage of gods. Cool, right? But no, this probably won’t make your life any easier, and will definitely not streamline your hot chocolate practices. But who cares? It looks pretty, tastes delicious and there’s something curiously satisfying about stirring in a slab of chocolate into steaming white milk watching it melt into frothy brown goodness. Call me a snob, but I don’t quite trust the powder version of hot chocolate. Yes, you can just plump blocks of chocolate into the drink and the effects will be the same, but sometimes you just have to live on the Pinterest side of life. Come on, do something pretty for a change!
Although there are way more easy ways to have a real chocolate hot chocolate, this is still a surprisingly easy recipe. It’s a great idea to prepare a batch in advance for either a kiddies or a tea party. Be sure to go adventurous with toppings though, I tried the traditional salt, cinnamon and sugar toppings, but I must say my favourite was the Sichuan pepper hot chocolate (slightly fresh, spicy with a hint of lemongrass). Marshmallows, chilli flakes and hard candy is also a great idea. If you’re going to make it anyway, best make it fun! 😉
1 Cup chocolate chips
100g Good quality dark chocolate (I used 85% Lindt)
Spoons/ice cream sticks
Toppings (Chilli, sugar, salt, marshmallows etc)
Using a double boiler (DIY: glass boil onto of a pot filled with about 3cm of boiling water), melt all the chocolate. Stir continuously and when everything is melted take the chocolate bowl from the heat and stir for another 2 minutes on a cool surface. Pour chocolate into ice tray cups. Sprinkle with desired toppings and stick spoon/stick into chocolate. Refrigerate until chocolate has hardened. They should lift out with ease once solidified, however if the submarines are a bit stuck, just lightly dip the tray into some hot water and they’ll lift right out. Be careful though, they can melt quite quickly in anything higher than room temperature!
Happy eating! 😉
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes