Hot Chocolate on a Stick (aka Fudge Blocks)

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas Treats

I couldn’t give you a marshmallow recipe without also giving you a hot chocolate recipe! And what a recipe this is! Hot chocolate on a stick has to be one of the best ideas I’ve seen this Christmas season. Basically it’s a block of fudge that you swirl into warm milk, creating the most wonderful mug of hot chocolate you’ve ever had.  It’s smooth and creamy, and the chocolate blends perfectly into the milk, with no powdery residue like you get from so many hot cocoa mixes.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

One of the best things about this chocolate treat is you can control the richness of your drink by cutting your chocolate into different size pieces. I cut a few uniform size blocks with sticks in them like you see here for fun and ease of stirring. But for longer term storage, I cut the chocolate into smaller blocks that I’ve been storing in the freezer. When one of us wants a cup of hot chocolate, we simply take some chocolate out of the freezer (one block for a smaller mug, two blocks for a larger mug), drop it into a mug of milk and microwave. It’s wonderful.  But what might be even more wonderful is the way these chocolate blocks taste on their own. So rich and creamy and fudge-like! If it tells you anything about the difference between Mike and I, I tend to take a chocolate block and just eat it plain, while Mike has yet to do that once. He has, however, had multiple mugs of hot chocolate. Try this, you won’t regret it.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

 

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick (aka Fudge Blocks)

Yield: Yield: about 3 dozen blocks.

Ingredients:

½ cup heavy cream
14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (1 1/4 cups)
3 cups (18 oz) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (chopped chocolate bars or chips)
3/4 cup (4 oz) unsweetened baking chocolate
wooden sticks

Directions:

Line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper. Heat the cream and condensed milk over low heat until steaming. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate; allow it to gently melt. After about 10 minutes, return the chocolate mixture to low heat to completely melt the chocolate. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is thick and shiny. At this point you could ddd a few drops of flavoring oil (such as hazelnut, coffee, or vanilla). Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan; shake the pan gently to level. Sprinkle with cocoa, if desired. Set aside overnight to slowly harden.

Run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn out onto a clean cutting surface. Slice into 1 ¼" cubes (or size desired for serving). Heat a knife in hot water and wipe dry before each cut, for smoothest cuts. Stick a wooden stick into the center of each block. Roll in cocoa or crushed peppermint candy, if desired. Wrap in waxed paper, parchment, or plastic wrap to store. (I'm storing mine in a tupperware in the freezer, with layers separated by waxed paper) These will keep at room temperature 3-4 days, in the fridge about 10 days, in the freezer up to 30 days.

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33 Responses to “Hot Chocolate on a Stick (aka Fudge Blocks)”

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    Viv — December 7, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    my ultimate favourite drink is a good hot chocolate, so im really excited about this recipe…cant wait to make it when i move into my new apartment! am surprised to see baking cocoa in the recipe tho!

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    Lisa — December 7, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    Oh these look heavenly. Chocoholics will love you.

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    Kim — December 7, 2010 @ 11:29 am

    Megan, you have outdone yourself again. This combined with those gorgeous peppermint marshmallows…your ideas are fantastic. Thank you.

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    Simply Life — December 7, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    I actually got a packages of these last year for Christmas and thought it was the best thing ever- I would never think to actually make them…genius! That would be perfect for a Christmas party! :)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 7, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    Yes a thousand times. I had fudge on my list for next week since hubs will be away for work. I will definitely have to try dunking one. Is that really all you do for a cup of hot chocolate – milk, a chunk of fudge and voila?

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 7, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    Rachel – I know it works with this particular fudge recipe (I think that's what it's meant for). I'm not sure if the hot chocolate would be the same with other types of fudge, but it's certainly worth experimenting with! :)

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    Melanie @ SpareTimeBaker — December 7, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    Oh, YUM! Looking forward to trying these too! :)

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    Jenn — December 7, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing this Megan…I bet it tastes sooooo good!!

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    CaSaundraLeigh — December 7, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    You always search out the best/most creative recipes–love it! This idea would be so much fun to give with the marshmallows :-)

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    Diana @ frontyardfoodie — December 7, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    Oh dear, that's genius! I don't need to know these things as it will only enable my hardcore chocolate addiction!

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    Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen — December 7, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    I made a different version of these last year and everyone loved them! So rich and chocolatey, yum!

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    Olya Nikol Pishcheva — December 7, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

    This looks so cute:)

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    Danielle — December 7, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    What a great idea! I love it(:

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    Camille — December 7, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    Chocolate on a stick? Score.
    My sister and I once decided we were going to open a restaurant where everything was served on a stick. I think this recipe would be a good addition to our menu :)

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    Abby — December 7, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    LOVE LOVE this idea!!!! Never would have thought of this on my own!!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — December 7, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

    You are killing me slowly with your tales of sweets. All I want to do is run home and continue baking!

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — December 7, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

    love this!! how fun:-)

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — December 7, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

    this looks so yummy! i really love this post…it's so much fun.

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    happywhennothungry — December 7, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    This looks amazing and so tasty! Perfect for the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

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    Melanie — December 7, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

    It's so cute on the stick since you can just stir it up that way. Love this!

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    Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer — December 7, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    I had to come see what you made. This is so fun, like fondue hot cocoa!

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    Crazy Sweet Life (Brianna) — December 8, 2010 @ 12:46 am

    Oh my goodness, this is just too brilliant. I want some now!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — December 8, 2010 @ 2:34 am

    Oh my I think I'm in heaven! Not only do they look incredibly delicious and I want to eat a million of them, but what a fun idea!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — December 8, 2010 @ 2:50 am

    How fantastic this sounds! It would take lots of control not to eat that little fudgey morsel before dunking it in the hot chocolate ;)

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    Sandra — December 8, 2010 @ 2:51 am

    I love, love those mouth-watering photos:)) Lovely!

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    Lindsey — December 9, 2010 @ 12:41 am

    What a fantastic idea! These would be great for gifting. Yummy!

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    pajamachef — December 10, 2010 @ 1:36 am

    oh my goodness! these look incredible! i can't wait to try this. :)

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    Rachel — December 11, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

    Mm I just made these! So good!! I put them in my adorable little cake pans…they are sooo cute and so so yummy.

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    Maranda — December 13, 2010 @ 12:40 am

    Oh wow. This WILL be being made next week…by me. You better believe it baby! Thanks for sharing!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 13, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

    Rachel – I'm so glad you liked these! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and let me know :)

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    Potato Chops and Boneless Chicken — December 18, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

    What a creative idea. This is definitely something I wouldn't want to share after making a batch hahahahhaha kidding.

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    Anonymous — December 30, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    As the husband, I've learned that it is indeed possible to burn the milk used for your hot chocolate. Don't put the fudge block + milk in the microwave on high for 3 minutes and then forget to check it. Less than 3 minutes would be a better plan. Better yet, have your spouse make it for you.

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    mybakingempire — January 6, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    such a clever idea. Also, believe it or not, I'm trying NOT to comment on every one of your posts! I'm so excited for all these new-to-me recipes!!

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