I put together a Hot Chocolate Bar this week to serve at of our Christmas parties. It was a a big hit and an easy way for our guests to customize and help themselves to their very own cup of piping hot chocolate. (Self serve drinks is the only way to go for busy dinner parties.)
I put together a carafe of warm milk, a jar of candy canes, a bowl of mini marshmallows, a can of whipped cream (not pictured), a couple of Christmas mugs and some Hot Chocolate Sticks and voila - an awesome Hot Chocolate Bar. I could have gotten really creative and put out some salted caramel or other interesting Hot Chocolate toppings but I was in a hurry - what can I say?
One batch of these fudgy Hot Chocolate Sticks makes 36 cups of cocoa so I had plenty to serve to everyone that stopped by our house for Christmas.
Store the leftovers in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator and pull them out for an instant Hot Chocolate fix. I guarantee that you will want to keep a batch of these near by all winter long.
Hot Chocolate Sticks
1/2 cup heavy cream
14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
18 oz (about 3 cups) chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chips
4 oz (about 3/4 cup) chopped unsweetened chocolate
Place chopped chocolate in bowl. Pour warm milk over chocolate to melt.
Stir to combine until shiny and thickened.
Spread into foil lined pan and refrigerate 3-4 hours.
Remove from pan, turn upside down and cut into squares.
Place a stick into the center of each square and you're ready to serve.
Set up your hot chocolate bar and let your guests go to town.
Merry Christmas Friends.
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