I always thought there were only two ways to make hot chocolate: dry mix added to water or the chocolate syrup added to milk. Welcome to the third way and not only is it delicious, it makes an adorable Christmas gift or addition to cookie/candy trays: hot chocolate on a stick. Basically, it's a soft fudge that when stirred into hot milk, melts into delicious hot chocolate milkness.
I looked at several different recipes for this on Pinterest but I ended up making my own recipe. The first batch was too hard and wouldn't melt, the second batch was too soft and never hardened up enough to stay on the "stick", but just like Goldilocks and Baby Bear's bed, the third batch was "just right" and became a huge hit with my family and with everyone who received it as part of a gift. I will definitely be making another batch or three next year. (And another one in a week or two with white chocolate).
Hot Chocolate on a Stick
Recipe by Glenna Anderson Muse
Makes 36 pieces
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
15 oz (1 ½ bags) semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 Tbsp vanilla
36 marshmallow Peeps
36 lollipop sticks or straws
2 mini muffin pans (24 muffin cavities each)
36 cellophane treat bags w/twist ties
Curling ribbon to decorate
Handmade labels with directions for use
In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat, melt chocolate chips into sweetened condensed milk. When smooth, add marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla.
Lightly spray each muffin tin with cooking spray. Transfer mixture 2 cups at a time into a 2 cup glass measuring cup for easier pouring. Pour mixture into each mini muffin cavity, full to the top.
Allow to cool until mixture has thickened enough to place lollipop sticks or straws into each on without stick falling over. Leave in a cool place for at least 24 hours or up to 3 days.
When ready to make treats, gently go around each hot chocolate piece with a very thin-bladed knife to help loosen the chocolate piece of its mold. Place one piece into a treat bag, along with a Peep (or 8 mini marshmallows). Close with a twist tie and/or curling ribbon. Attach handmade label with the directions: “Hot Choc on a Stick: Stir choc into heated mug of milk until melted.”