I made a selection of edible gifts for my friends who were visiting just before Christmas and last year saw a few bloggers made these hot chocolate dippers; this year I've also seen them on sale in shops and thought how much cheaper it is to make your own!
The idea is simple- a block of chocolate, perhaps flavoured, on a stick that you use to stir a mug of hot milk. As the chocolate melts, your hot milk turns into hot chocolate!
You can make the dippers any shape; filling an ice cube tray with melted chocolate is a simple approach though I would recommend you use a silicon ice cube tray or you may have trouble getting the chocolate out!
I used these mini sweet moulds I bought a while ago from Lakeland; I ordered them from the website and they were smaller than I thought so I hadn't found anything to use them for yet. They were perfect for these chocolate dippers!
After you have melted the chocolate and added any flavouring, such as peppermint essence or if you are brave, a few dried chilli flakes - pour it into your mould. Place in the fridge for a few minutes and before the chocolate is hard but when it has begun to set a little, insert your stick. I used a cake pop stick which you can buy in most places quite cheaply these days (eg Poundland) but you could also save and wash ice lolly sticks if you plan that far ahead!
Return to the fridge until set then package up attractively to give as a gift.
As I mentioned these are cheaper than the shop bought ones and make a nice low-cost gift I am sharing them with Credit Crunch Munch, hosted by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours.
I'm also sharing this with Treat Petite, hosted by Kat at the Baking Explorer and Stuart at Cakeyboi, as they have a Christmas theme this month.