Saturday, December 19, 2009
Yes, that is right. This is Hot Chocolate On A Stick. Never heard of it? Neither had I! But once I did, I knew I just HAD to make it! Now, I had to find a reason. I mean a reason that would not sound insane to a normal person. I could have just told the husband “I NEED IT” in a three year old voice. But I thought that might not go over quite so well. Eventually it hit me, I would make them and give them away in a little Christmas treat package! So I went and bought some cute mugs and gave them away in the mugs along with a tin full of cookies.
In the directions, it says once the chocolate is melted to add the sugar, chocolate (powder), and pinch of salt and stir together. Umm no. I did this and had to throw away the batch. SLOWLY add a small bit at a time and stir in between each addition.
Next time I make this I will use a ladle of some sort because the ziplock bag method did not work for me. My chocolate busted through the ziplock bag and made a gigantic mess.
Hot Chocolate On A Stick
8 oz. chocolate with 70% cocoa or higher
1/4 cup cocoa, sifted
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
pinch of salt
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
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 isn’t too 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.)
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.
Add cocoa, sugar, and salt and continue to stir until combined. The chocolate will be thicker, almost as thick as frosting, but still glossy and smooth and very fun to stir. If it looks grainy or more like fudge and is difficult to stir, it’s possible you’ve accidentally gotten a drop of water in the mixture.
Scoop chocolate into a ziplock bag and clip off the corner.
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.
Let the chocolate cool either at room temperature or in the fridge if you’re in a hurry.
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 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.
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.
How to store it: Chocolate will keep in an airtight container for up to a year. Don’t keep it in the fridge because it is really good at absorbing odors.