There’s nothing better than showing the love with something you’ve taken the time to make yourself. Choose your favourite chocolate and toppings – and you can easily make them vegan and gluten free.
Makes 12 chocolate sticks
For the sticks
600g chocolate of your choice (or around 50g per stick), such as:
- Dark chocolate with sea salt
- Terry’s chocolate orange
- Lindt Lindor bars
- Belgian milk chocolate
- Mint Aero
- Kinder bars
- Oat milk / dairy-free chocolate bars
Toppings of your choice
- Mini marshmallows or vegan alternative
- Chocolate chips – dark, white, milk
- Little chocolate stars or hearts
- Festive sprinkles
- Peanut butter chips
- Fudge pieces
- Small empty yogurt pots or silicone cake moulds – stars, Christmas trees, hearts, whatever you have at home! Toddler-size yogurt pots work really well.
- Microwave safe bowls
- Wooden lollipop sticks or mini wooden spoons
- An airtight container, an old jar or some greaseproof paper for wrapping
- Ribbon to make them look pretty
The sticks will last up to two weeks once wrapped, so you can get making in advance – and they’ll last even longer without marshmallows.
Lightly grease your clean yogurt pots or silicone mould with a flavourless oil, like vegetable or sunflower oil to stop the chocolate sticking.
Break your chosen chocolate into a microwaveable bowl and heat for 10 seconds at a time in the microwave. Stir well between each time and when it’s two thirds melted, stir until it’s completely melted and smooth rather than heating any more.
Pour into your mould or yogurt pot so they’re about two thirds full.
Add toppings of your choice to the top – without pushing them in as you want them to sit on the top!
Push sticks or mini wooden spoons into the chocolate – they should stand up but you can always straighten them once the chocolate starts to harden.
Put in the fridge to set for 3-4 hours, or overnight.
Remove from the fridge and take the sticks out of the pots / mould.
Wrap in cellophane or an airtight container and make a label: ‘Dunk me into 200mls of your warm milk of choice for a yummy hot chocolate!’
Tie some pretty ribbon to seal your cellophane wrap.
Make these as a homemade Christmas gift
This is a brilliant homemade chocolate recipe – perfect for festive presents. Why not try making them and gifting them to your neighbours, friends, family or colleagues, and use the opportunity to ask how they are this Christmas?