DIY Holiday Gift Series- Hot Chocolate Pops

posted on: Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Thank you for your kind words yesterday. I needed to unplug and I did and baby got super sick so I mainly hung out with her. We are so blessed to be a 2 adult household. Christian sensed that Enzo was needy and took him surfing. Enzo came back overjoyed, nothing like a good surf session to make my guys smile and nothing like a good surf session to make them super coldy. When they got home they were ready for some hot chocolate.

I made some hot chocolate pops. The concept behind this is simple; you have chocolate that you dip in your warm milk to make your own hot chocolate. Brilliant concept right? Not mine! I saw the hotchocspoon a while back over at Chocolate Company and knew I wanted to try and make something similar since actually purchasing the hotchospoon would require an inter-continental flight.

This has been the easiest DIY so far.

What you need
melted chocolate
lollipop sticks
ice cube tray

step one: melting chocolate
Put a handfull of chocolate chips in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Then remove from the microwave and stir. If it's not completely melted, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.  Keep doing this until the chocolate is completely melted. I did this with plain milk chocolate then repeated the steps with peppermint chocolate, white chocolate, and a bar of cookies n cream.

step two: molding
Once your chocolate is melted you are going to carefully pour it in your ice cube tray. I decided to use a triangle shaped ice cube tray that is made out of silicone because I knew the silicone would make it easier to remove the pops once they were completely chilled. I also crushed some M&Ms and placed it on top of the melted milk chocolate. Get creative, this is your thing!

After you pour the melted chocolate place a lollipop stick in the middle of each one. Make sure the stick isn't going to tip over. You may need to hold it in place for a couple second while the chocolate is starting to cool down. Then put your ice cube tray in the fridge and refrigerate for an hour, or until the chocolate is  hard again. Carefully remove the pops from the tray.  The silicone tray worked perfectly.

step three: making it a gift
Wrapping is one of my favorite things in the world. I love ribbons and paper almost as much as I love food. I wrapped each individual pop in golden candy foil and then put then in individual golden mesh baggies. If you decide to wrap your pops I highly recommend using candy foil so that they won't melt.

Have fun with this
Basically you're melting chocolate, putting it in an ice cube tray and sticking a lollipop stick.
The rest, toppings, shape, wrapping, is all up to you.

For the month of December I will be sharing DIY foodie Holiday gifts. If you're interested in sharing a DIY foodie gift on Kitchen Corners send me an e-mail and I would be happy to have you do a guest post. To see the whole DIY Holiday Gift Series click on the button on the sidebar.
Happy Holidays!
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