Feb 14, 2011

Hot Cocoa Sticks


Happy Valentine's day!!! I'm sorry I have been MIA for sooo long. So much has happened since the new years, both happy and sad and I've just been so overwhelmed that I needed a break. But, I'm back and I have for you a wonderful treat for the love ones in your life.

When I first saw these Hot Cocoa Sticks from Make and Take, I knew I wanted to make them for Valentine's Day. They are sooo cute and I was so happy to find that they make really wonderful hot chocolate. I might even go as far to say it makes the best hot cocoa I've ever had. My disclaimer is I don't drink hot cocoa very often. heehee =)

There are two parts to the Hot Cocoa Sticks...basically the chocolate fudge part and the homemade marshmallows. For the marshmallows, I also used Make and Take's recipe. Both are wonderful recipes and I can't wait to make them again!!

Here are the recipes. Hope your day is filled with love. =)

Hot Cocoa Sticks
from Make and Take

1/2 cup heavy cream
14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (1 1/4 cups)
3 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (chopped chocolate bars or chips, about 18 oz)
3/4 cup unsweetened baking chocolate (about 4 oz)
wooden sticks


1. Line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

2. Heat the cream and condensed milk over low heat until steaming. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate; allow it to gently melt.

3. After about 10 minutes, return the chocolate mixture to low heat to completely melt the chocolate. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is thick and shiny. Add a few drops of flavoring oil if you like; hazelnut, coffee, or vanilla are popular flavors.

4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan; shake the pan gently to level. Sprinkle with cocoa, if desired. Set aside overnight to slowly set up.

5. Run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn out onto a clean cutting surface.

6. Slice into 1 1/4" cubes. Heat a knife in hot water and wipe dry before each cut, for smoothest cuts.

7. Stick a wooden stick into the center of each block.

8. Roll in cocoa or crushed peppermint candy, if desired.

8 comments:

j3ss kitch3n said...

Happy Valentine's Day KK!

FootPrints said...

oooohhh so very yummy!

The Sweetylicious said...

first time visiting your blog and i found such nice bake you have there! lovely and look sooo yummy! (: (:

kk said...

Happy Valentine's Day, J3ss!

Footprints, thank you!!

Thank you Sweetylicious, thanks for visiting. =)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

These are gorgeously presented!
Happy V day to you too

kk said...

Thank you, Brittany! you're too kind!

Jen said...

wow! never saw cocoa sticks before. gorgeous presentation! you're so talented!!! =)

kk said...

Thanks, Jen! =)

 

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