December 10, 2016

DIY Hot Chocolate Pops

DIY Hot Chocolate PopsThe first snow of winter just dusted the mountains out my window with beautiful powdered sugar like snow. The winter months bring me so much joy and happiness. The holiday season seems to bring out the best in those all around, and even those who do not celebrate Christmas, exude the Christmas spirit wherever they go. Although I will happily make myself a cup of chocolate milk anytime of the year, something about the winter makes hot chocolate a tad bit more enjoyable, if that is even possible. Isn’t it just the most wonderful time driving out to the country to chop down the perfect Christmas tree, tying it to the roof of the car, and blasting Christmas music while decorating the Christmas tree with hot chocolate in hand?

Making hot chocolate can get a little messy when there are tiny hands all around, which is why I found these hot chocolate pops to be super convenient, easy to make, and perfect for any size crowd.DIY Hot Chocolate PopsYou will need:

Chocolate bar/chips (I used dark chocolate chips to make it all that more delicious)

Silicone molds (candy molds or mini cupcake tins work as well)

Popsicle sticks (use candy canes or peppermint sticks to add a fun flavor twist)

Optional: Mini chocolate chips, marshmallows or caramelDIY Hot Chocolate Pops

Step 1: Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave, or over a double boiler. For chocolates, you will use a 2:1 ratio, two parts chocolate to one part cream. For added flavor, you can replace the cream with coffee creamer. There are tons of holiday flavors out that will taste amazing in hot chocolate.

Step 2: Pour the melted chocolate into your molds of choice. Let the chocolate set up for around 5 minutes (depending on the temperature) before adding the popsicle sticks. Once you’ve inserted the popsicle sticks, let your chocolate pops set up in the refrigerator for a few hours until completely set.DIY Hot Chocolate PopsStep 3: Once your chocolate pops have completely hardened, melt about a 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and add to a small container. Dip the chocolate pops into the melted chocolate, and then dip them in your desired topping. I tried a few out with marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, and I also melted caramels to drizzle on top.

Step 4: Stir your chocolate pops into hot milk or water and watch as they melt into delicious hot chocolate delights!DIY Hot Chocolate Pops