Hot Chocolate on a Stick

This Hot Chocolate on a stick is the perfect sweet Valentine’s treat!
We all have our own little idiosyncrasies.  They say this is what makes us an “individual”…or in layman’s terms, makes us a little freaky.
Most of us are quiet oddballs, while others are very public…case in point:  Tuesday nights on Fox.  For those not “in the know”, that’s American Idol folks.
Seriously, people…wave those freak flags high!
I know it makes for interesting TV and all, but sometimes those auditions are bah-RU-tal!!
Maybe that’s why I watch..to feel normal 😉
While (in my opinion) I am not a full-fledged crazy, I do have some things that make me a little strange.
I will share one of these.
Certain words in our English language I cannot handle.
 I might go as far to say that they should be banned.
Now I am not getting all politically correct or topical…wrong blog.
I am staying strictly superficial here…buckle up.
We’ll start with a word I find ridiculous ~ “whimsical”.  I HATE it.  It has to be one of the most annoying adjectives out there.  I am not a fan of the word or, really,  anything that one would describe by using that word.  I have found that I am unable to watch certain shows on DIY, or HGTV because of their abundant use of the “W” word.  Say it out loud now..see?  It’s annoying.
Moving on.
“Scrumptious”.  This word makes my skin feel icky.  I will never say it.  Even thinking about it is making me want to take a shower.
Next up…
“Delectable”. Yes, another food adjective.  You are only allowed to say this if you are from England and you are wearing a bow tie.  Then and only then, is it appropriate.
Now, while not being a word, I am going to throw this one in…the phrase, “if you please”.  I am not Siamese and I do NOT please. Thanks.
And the mother of all horrible words…”moist” .  You don’t know how much that pained me to type.  It is the word equivalent to spit in the corners of someone’s mouth.  Or smacking.  It’s really the worst.
I couldn’t possibly be alone on this.
My family is aware of these words and quite regularly try to slip them into forms of conversation, whether they apply, or not.
Example:
Me:  “How was school today?”
Son #2:  “I had quite a whimsical” day.
Mean.  Just mean.
Now I will share a word that I personally love, but is my best friend’s nemesis.
“Dookie”
Isn’t that hilarious?  I love that word and it is her kryptonite.
dookie
dookie
dookie
🙂
So, if hating these words makes me weird, I will accept it, because it is the time of year that we celebrate the ones we love, word issues and all.
Valentines Day.
Some love and it and some hate it, but either way, if you’re a mom your kiddo is having a Valentine’s party at school you’re gonna need to send them in with something sweet.
I saw this cute idea over at Sprinkle Bakes (who got it from giver’s log) before Christmas and had planned on making them then, but life happens and I saved them for V-day.
Hot chocolate on a stick…
Adorable, right?
I will tell you, though, Sprinkle makes them look easy…that wasn’t my experience.
But I think it was worth it in the end.
I have never worked with chocolate molds before, and actually don’t own any, so I improvised.
Here’s what I did:
Hot Chocolate on a Stick
from the giver’s log
Makes approx 32
You will need:
2 lb. melting chocolate (don’t use candy melts) you want to go with a real chocolate with a high content of cocoa butter (it helps it melt smooth)
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
Ice cube trays – or some sort of mold for the chocolate (I used a mini-muffin pan)
Large ziplock
Popsicle sticks or spoons
Now, I actually used fondue chocolate because you can find it in a big bag at WalMart, it melts well and is real chocolate.  Perfect!
Melt your chocolate over a double boiler careful not to get any water in the chocolate.
When chocolate is 2/3 melted remove from boiler and stir until all  is melted.
Add the sifted cocoa and sugar.
Stir together until smooth.
Dump the mix into your large ziplock and sip of the end when you’re ready to fill your mold.
Fill molds.
Insert spoon or wooden stick.  It should stand up in the chocolate.
Let cool completely, either at room temp or in the freezer.
To remove, since I used the muffin pan, they didn’t release out very well, so I put some warm water in a baking sheet and set the muffin pan in for a few seconds to heat up the chocolate, so it would slip out.
I decided to add some Valentines sprinkles, which is optional, but also hides any imperfections on the chocolate…of which I had many 🙂
I melted about a cup of chocolate and dipped the bottom in the chocolate and then in the sprinkles.
Let them cool and package.
I attached a little note
Follow the instructions and you have yummy hot chocolate
Side note–I tried to use shot glasses for the extra chocolate, but they didn’t seem to release out, SOOO I had to eat them 🙁 
…OR 🙂
 
So I am dying to know, am I alone here in the word war? 
Have a great weekend!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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79 Responses
  1. Kristie

    Oh these look absolutely wonderful. I can only imagine what a cup of hot chocolate made with these would taste!
    As for the words, there aren't a lot of words that bother me, what does bother me is when people say word wrong, use it in the wrong way or just totally don't know what they are saying. Now that really gets to me!

  2. Teanna DiMicco

    You are HYSTERICAL and I am obsessed with your blog. SO so so glad to have found it. Wow. Those are adorable… and delectable and whimsical are SO annoying! If you please… I almost spit out my wine. Hahaha! Love love love!

  3. Mara...

    These look fabulous!! And I love how you used a mini muffin tin, i'm going to have to try that. And I just LOVE those little tiny heart sprinkles. Cute cute cute.

  4. Kathleen

    Really cute Valentine treat. The word war; you are not alone. I have my own list. How about flustrating! Frankly, I don't even think it's a real word! That one gets under my skin and truly frustrates me! But moist…..how else do you describe well, say, a "m" cake? Just askin?

  5. Chic Cookies

    Beautiful! So gorgeous… I'll be sure to post a link on my column tonight(ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com). I was going to work "whimsical" and "scrumptious" into the comment, but that would've been mean. Oh…wait. crud.

  6. Lauryn

    you crack me up!! All of my friends and I agree that the M word is the worst! Sometimes I feel like I have no choice but to use it when writing about something I make, and it always makes me cringe. And u know what, I never thought about it, but I cant stand the W word either! Hot Chocolate on a stick is such a cute idea!

  7. Natalie

    Whimsical reminds me of Alice in Wonderland – which subsequently reminds me that drugs destroy dreams – so I can agree with you on that.

    Delectable, however, was the word that entailed my winning of the 3rd grade spelling bee..so he holds a special place in my heart..or at least on my plastic dollar-store trophy. Same difference.

  8. Suzanne

    Those look really good..albeit p.i.a's to make! 🙂
    I can't stand the phrase "well, let me ask you this.." drives me crazy. Just ask the stinkin' question already! 🙂
    Have a great day!

  9. Bridgett

    These look heavenly! I love listening to those call in radio shows where people have the most insane problems since it makes me feel so much more normal, lol. I love the word list as well!

  10. Jaime

    Haha… i use the words scrumptious and delectable 😉

    those spoons are so cute! love them. great idea (even if you didn't come up w/it)

  11. SprinkleBakes

    Oh my gosh, yours turned out so CUTE! They look great, and I love the valentine hearts especially!
    Thanks for the mention too, you've got some really nice readers! A couple have popped by my blog to say hi! 🙂

  12. bridget {bake at 350}

    That's so funny! I kind of like all of those words. 😉 I have a phrase that I despise, though…"it is what it is." Well, duh. Everything "is what it is," just don't way anything at all! 🙂 Had to break my hubby of that one!

  13. Joanna

    Love the hot chocolate pops!

    And no, you are not alone in your word fear, especially not with moist. I think it's the most popular on the hated word list! I'm more of a regional phrase hater. Like "I'm going to a movie, wanna come with?" or "Where is my hat at?" ARRG!

  14. Melody

    What a great idea. Your most hated words make me laugh. I have a 2 year old and therefore I watch Sesame Street. There is a celebrity bit with Jessica Alba defining the word scrumptious and showing different foods that looked scrumptious. It always makes me uncomfortable. Glad it's not just me. 🙂

  15. sarahe

    so cute! I hate the word "panties" blech. your hatred of the word "moist" make me think of an episode of "How I Met Your Mother"–it is a character's most hated word, and another character makes them all come to his one-man show, and the entire second act is him saying that word and squirting her with a water gun. hilarious. but i think it would be torture for you! 😉

  16. a fan of anything chocolate

    My mouth is watering! You do a great job of explaining the process and the finished product looks so tasty. I am enjoying reading your blog…

  17. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}

    Yours look great!
    I have a ton of chocolate molds (haven't made much in a while) the chocolate pops right out of the flexible plastic molds they run about $1. if you decide to make chocolates again:) as mini muffin pans aren't flexible to pop them out by twisting. I hopped over to see what sprinkle used and I have the mini brownie silicone tray she used-and don't like it at all for baked items and had lots of trouble with my pink fudge in it-maybe I'll see if it works with chocolate. I love the idea! so great! My kids aren't aloud to bring home made items any longer so that it why I haven't made chocolates in a couple years.

  18. Kerri

    Those are so cute! I wish that my son's school allowed homemade treats. But they don't and we have to send in pre-packaged junk that just doesn't take that good. 🙁

    I will have to keep these in mind for holiday gifts for work. 🙂

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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