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Paleo Hot Chocolate Sticks

I love giving presents. I love it! In the world of love languages, “gifts” is on the top of my list. A thoughtful gift can say so much.

It can be a sign of promise and everlasting love {engagement ring}, feel better soon {flowers to the sick}, thank you for having me {bottle of wine for the hostess}, we’re sorry for your loss {casserole to a grieving family}, or a simple thinking of you {card and bar of dark chocolate – at least that’s what my friends send me}.

Whether it’s the extra special cocktail ring I give {and will continue to give} each of my sisters before their weddings as a token of their individual fabulousness or the perfect squeaky toy for Gus, I spend a lot of energy on finding the right gift.

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To keep with the theme of thoughtful giving, I had to come up with the perfect low budget but still incredible gift for all my co-workers, neighbors, friends, and mailmen. Other than things that sparkle and squeak, I don’t know what’s more exciting than a square of perfectly flavored dark chocolate …on a stick …begging to be dipped in some hot milk. Right?

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This recipe makes 36 hot chocolate sticks. That’s 36 presents! All you have to do is melt the chocolate, add in a few other tasty ingredients, pour into a mold, chill, and wrap in plastic bags. It’s a simple, easy, cost effective, thoughtful gift.

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Let’s make a batch!

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Start with some good dark chocolate. Trader Joe’s carries these 1 lb 72% dark chocolate bars that work great!

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Break up the chocolate pieces and make sure you test it …you know …to make sure it’s good chocolate. Quality control!

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Put the chocolate in a glass bowl.

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Add in ¼ cup full-fat coconut milk.

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Then ¼ cup maple syrup and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Note: for a minty hot chocolate stick, use peppermint extract.

As gently as you can, melt the chocolate. You can either do this over a double boiler or with short spells in the microwave. Just be sure to stir it as you go!

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When it’s melted and evenly combined {and spoon-licking good}, pour it into a plastic bag that you’ll use to pipe into the molds.

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Grab some molds! I really like these cube silicone molds. You can find them here. Ice cube trays would work too!

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Pull the top of the plastic bag up so the chocolate will settle in one corner.

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Clip the corner open.

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And start piping into each mold.

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All filled!

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Now it’s ready for sticks.

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Poke each chocolate with a popsicle or cake stick.

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Now put the chocolates in the refrigerator for 2 hours if using a silicone mold or overnight if using an ice tray in the freezer.

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Pop ‘em out! Wrap in plastic bags and tie with a ribbon and the following instructions:

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1. Heat 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk in a mug.

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2. Take out your hot chocolate stick!

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3. Dip it into the hot almond milk and start stirring.

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4. Keep stirring!

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5. When the chocolate is dissolved, enjoy!

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Nomz.

Paleo Hot Chocolate Sticks

Makes 36 Sticks

Ingredients:

1 lb dark chocolate

¼ cup full-fat organic canned coconut milk

¼ cup maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract {sub peppermint extract for a peppermint hot chocolate!}

36 popsicle or cake pop sticks

Directions:

Break the chocolate into smaller pieces and place in a large glass bowl. Add the coconut milk, maple syrup, and extract.

With either a double boiler or gentle spells in the microwave, melt the chocolate until smooth.

Pour into silicone molds using a pastry bag and poke each with a cake pop stick.

Refrigerate for at least two hours or until firm.

To make a cup of hot chocolate, heat 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk in a mug. Dip the chocolate stick in and stir until completely dissolved.

Enjoy!

Time: 10 minutes

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Brenda Scinto #

    YOU ARE SIMPLY A GENIUS!!

    December 12, 2013
  2. heatherelisabethr #

    How brilliant! I’d be tempted to eat these right off the stick, but I’ll definitely make up a batch for when the hot chocolate mood strikes. Thanks for sharing your culinary cleverness!

    December 13, 2013
  3. Girrrrrrl – this is perfect! Done, and done!

    December 13, 2013
  4. just a question re:ingrediants, do you think this work with lactaid whole milk?

    December 13, 2013
    • Hm, maybe! It’s definitely worth a try!

      December 15, 2013
  5. Susan #

    Does it have a maple flavor?

    December 13, 2013
    • Not at all. Just a nice chocolate flavor. The maple syrup helps sweeten the milk to give it that hot chocolate flavor.

      December 15, 2013
  6. Susan #

    These look great. Will they stay solid at room temperature?

    December 13, 2013
  7. I just made these for teacher gifts and they are delicious! (I had to do quality control, too). I’ll be talking about them on my blog tomorrow!

    December 16, 2013

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