Homemade hot chocolate spoons:
The perfect winter warmer and fun to make
These hot chocolate spoons are very simple to make and a thoughtful winter gift to give friends or relatives.
As I mentioned yesterday I’ve been featuring on The Hairy Bikers – Home for Christmas series over the last two weeks and this is the recipe for my fourth and final festive foodie gift (the other recipes will follow too).
I love making these hot chocolate spoons because ever since I was a child I’ve always had a milky drink before bed. My mum would make one for me when I was younger and as I’ve grown older it’s a habit I’ve continued as a way to encourage sleepiness before getting ready for bed. I used to think it was just a formed habit that I associated with going to bed but it turns out there’s science behind it. Milk has an amino acid called tryptophan in it and this helps the body produce serotonin and melatonin – hormones that help you get off to sleep.
So, if you have a friend or relative that has trouble sleeping this is a lovely, thoughtful gift to give them this Christmas.
If you missed the programme I’ve posted a clip of the show to my YouTube channel (video below) as well as my recipe with detailed instructions below too:
- 200g white chocolate
- 200g milk chocolate
- Decorations – e.g. chocolate sprinkles, hazelnuts nuts
- 10 plastic shot glasses or a silicone mould/flexible ice cube tray
- 10 teaspoons – pick up vintage spoons from a car boot or charity shop
- Break 200g of chocolate into small pieces.
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl (with a pouring spout). If you're making a variety of chocolates – white, milk, plain etc you will need to melt each separately.
- To melt the chocolate, fill a saucepan with cold water a third full, bring water to boil, then place a bowl containing the chocolate on top stirring the chocolate regularly as it melts. Be careful not to overfill the bowl with water or it will splash up over the sides and ruin the chocolate.
- Once the chocolate has melted to smooth consistency that coats the spoon evenly – not too thin or lumpy – pour the chocolate into your mould, this could be a silicone ice cube tray or plastic shot glasses. Do not fill right to the top of the mould as you will need to allow room to add the spoon.
- Once you have poured the chocolate into the mould you will need to allow it to cool and set slightly before adding the spoon. About 10 minutes is enough if you use a plastic/wooden spoon (you’ll need a little longer if using a metal one) and placing in the fridge will speed this up. Be sure not to let it fully set.
- Insert the spoon into the middle of the mould. Ideally, it should be able to stand upright but you can lean them against a wall to help.
- Once the spoons are in place leave for a further 5 minutes to set then add the decorations of choice – sprinkles, nuts etc.
- Put into the fridge – ensuring spoons can stay upright – and leave to set fully.
- Once fully set, carefully remove from mould. You may find that straight out of the fridge they are a little stiff to remove - give them a couple of minutes at room temperature and they should slide out more easily.
- When you're ready to drink just warm a cup of milk on the hob or in the microwave and pop the chocolate spoon in the cup and stir until it melts away.
I think white and milk chocolate spoons taste the best but if you wish to use dark chocolate, for a vegan version for instance, you will need to sweeten the chocolate with sugar and use a non-dairy milk).
To give as a gift place each spoon in a cellophane bag to stay fresh (you can buy rolls of cellophane in stationary/craft shops and cut squares to fit) with a small square of cardboard at the base for stability. Don’t forget to write down the instructions for the person you’re gifting these too.
I’d also love to hear your feedback either if you’ve tried the recipe or, watched the show, so please do leave me a comment here or via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. All the recipes for my other food gifts from the programme will be posted later on in the week too, so do pop back to find those.