Tuesday Treats & Titles: Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks

Last week, I featured the Hot Cocoa Bombs. This week, it’s the same “theme” but much easier to make, especially if the kids are involved. I thought the bombs were adorable but the idea of buying molds and “painting” the chocolate put the brakes on. Waaay too complicated for me. Then I discovered this recipe. Haven’t tried it yet but I’m thinking about it.

These hot chocolate sticks are don’t have a hot cocoa powder in them, so you’ll need a few more ingredients. They are still easy to prepare! Just pour warm milk over them, stir, and enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Unlike hot chocolate bombs, you do need to use milk. You can add different toppings to them before they set up. Use cookie sprinkles, mini marshmallows, and/or crushed peppermint. You can leave them plain, too. They make great gifts or set them out for a party. Reusable cake pop sticks, sturdy plastic coffee stirrers, or popsicle sticks all work.

Total Time: 1 Hr. 15 Min.
Prep time: 15 Min.
Cook time: 1 Hour
25 sticks/servings

Ingredients 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
18 ounces milk chocolate chips
4 ounce unsweetened chocolate

Instructions
1 – In a medium sized sauce pan, combine the heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk. Stir while heating over medium heat until hot but not boiling.

2 – Add the chocolate chips and chopped unsweetened chocolate. Remove the pan from heat and let sit for 10 minutes.

3 – Line an 8×8 pan with foil.

4 – Stir the chocolate mixture. Pour it into the prepared pan. Add toppings. You may need to gently press them down to make sure they will stick when the chocolate cools. Place in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours.

5 – Cut into 25 equal sized pieces. Add sticks.

6 – Heat 8 ounces of milk. Stir in the chocolate for a delicious cup of hot chocolate.

Tips:
1 – You can also use a silicone mini muffin pan to make these.
2 – Store in air-tight container for 1 week at room temperature, 2 weeks in refrigerator, 1 month in freezer.

For all the details, CLICK HERE for the Food Talk link. For those of you familiar with the story of CHRISTMAS MOON, you might remember Nona Klaussen, the wife of General Nick Klauseen. Nona would make these for the kids who showed up on their doorstep on Christmas Eve, along with the motley crew of Wolf shifters. For those of you unfamiliar with CHRISTMAS MOON, a quote from Liam McIntire, the son of Mac McIntire and Hannah Jackson McIntire. “Dad! It’s like a Die Hard movie!” Save the girl or save Christmas… What will Mac and the Wolves do? You can find out for free. CHRISTMAS MOON is free for the next five days. Give yourself a Christmas present and grab yours now! Just click on the cover or the title to snag your copy. Who’s ready for Christmas…and some hot chocolate?

About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Tuesday Treats & Titles: Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks

  1. If I still had a kid, I’d definitely think about making these. Since it’s just us staid ol’ adults, probably not. Cool idea, though!

    I loved this book like damn and whoa. Everyone needs to read it. Seriously. What are they waiting for?

    • Silver James says:

      I know, right?!?! It was such a fun book to write and it’s the one I really wish I had in audio so I could listen to it for fun. 🙂 Like DIE HARD, it should become a Christmas classic! 🤣🤣😏😉

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