Hot Chocolate Spoons

Hot Chocolate Spoons – a cheap, simple, and delicious idea for homemade Christmas gifts!

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Today I’m bringing you a really simple idea for home made Christmas gifts.

While I was doing my Christmas shopping I loads of these hot chocolate spoons and stirrers on the high street and in supermarkets. If your not familiar with the idea, they’re spoons set in a block of chocolate which you stir into hot milk to make delicious hot chocolate.

I love the concept, but they struck me as pretty pricey for what is essentially a bit of chocolate on a spoon. I wanted to give them a try to see if they were as easy to make as they look, and it turns out they are!

Hot Chocolate Spoons www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Hot Chocolate Spoons www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

I’ve come up with three different hot chocolate spoon flavour ideas, but you can use your imagination and try out any of your favourite hot chocolate flavours.

The first spoons are classic hot chocolate, and are topped with mini marshmallows. The second are chocolate orange flavour, and are made with milk chocolate and a few drops of orange extract. The final spoons are flavoured with peppermint and decorated with a mini candy cane.

You can really use any chocolate you fancy, and any flavorings. I think white chocolate peppermint would be delicious, or perhaps a really dark bitter chocolate. The important thing to remember is to use oil based extracts and flavors. Anything water based will ruin your chocolate!

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I made mine  with wooden disposable spoons found on amazon, but you can use any kind of spoon or even lolly sticks. The wooden coffee stirrers like you find at Starbucks would work well, too.

To finish them off I tied them into cellophane  treat bags (similar to these ones here) and added a little tag with instructions on how to use them to make delicious hot chocolate.

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They made ideal little stocking stuffers or a great addition to a Christmas hamper, or you could pop a few into a mug as a gift. These mugs were only a pound in pound land. Perfect if you need a low budget secret santa gift! You could even add a tiny bottle of Baileys to make a boozey hot chocolate, or a bag of good quality coffee for mocha lovers.

They’d also be a fun activity to do with children in the next few days so they can enjoy their own personalised hot chocolate on Christmas Eve while waiting for Santa!

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Hot Chocolate Spoons

To make 8 chocolate spoons you will need:

– 400g of chocolate (each spoon needs 30 – 50g chocolate, depending on the size of your mould). I used Aldi own brand chocolate bars.

– a selection of toppings and sprinkles, for example mini marshmallows, sprinkles, candy canes etc. My mini candy canes were from Pound Land.

– few drops of flavorings if using

– 8 wooden spoons, lolly sticks or coffee stirrers

– 8 moulds. I used mini pots designed for freezing baby food, but little fromage frais yoghurt pots would be ideal

 

Method:

– Grease your moulds or yoghurt pots with a little bit of light oil, I used vegetable oil.

– Gently melt your chocolate in a bowl over a simmering bowl of water. Add a few drops of flavouring if you’re using one, you’ll only need a tiny amount.

– Spoon the chocolate into the prepared moulds, and stand a spoon in the centre of each one. If your spoons won’t stand up, try making a hole in a paper cupcake case and threading it upside down over the spoon. Decorate with your toppings.

– Leave to set over night. Mine set up on the work top in the kitchen, but you may need to put them into the fridge.

– Once they are set, gently remove them from the pots. If they’re not coming out briefly dip them into a bowl of warm water and they should slide straight out.

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