As the weather gets colder, there’s nothing better than getting cwtched up and enjoying a nice warm drink. Whether you want to have a fun family night in or you’re looking for simple but effective gift ideas this Christmas, why not try out our Winter warmer hot choc stirrer recipe.
- Sunflower oil, for greasing
- 300g dark, milk or white chocolate (or a mixture), broken into squares
- To decorate: a selection of chocolate buttons, hundreds and thousands, mini fudge pieces or chopped peppermint candy canes
- A pastry brush
- An ice cube tray or small shot glasses
- Lollipop sticks, candy canes or chocolate filled wafer straws
If you’re giving these as gifts:
- String or ribbon for wrapping
- Gift tags
1: Dip the pastry brush in the sunflower oil and paint a very thin layer of oil over the insides of the ice cube tray or shot glasses. If you don’t have a pastry brush, you can use your fingers for this – make sure you wash them first!
2: Put the chocolate in a bowl and heat in the microwave in 30-sec bursts until runny, stirring after each blast. Or melt it in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water (be careful as this will be very hot). If you’re using different types of chocolate, you should melt them separately.
3: Carefully pour the melted chocolate into the greased molds. Put a lolly stick, or whatever you’re using for the handle, in the middle of each and sprinkle your chosen decorations around it.
4: Put the chocolate in the fridge to set overnight.
5: The next day, carefully pull the chocolates out of the molds. Wrap each in cellophane tied with string and write a tag to the lucky recipient.
6: Simply stir the hardened chocolate into hot milk and enjoy!
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This story is from the Winter 2021 issue of our Trivallis Valleys Magazine. To read the full issue, visit our Valleys Magazine page.