Alright. I know you’ve seen them floating around the internet. Hot chocolate bars. Hot chocolate on a stick. Bears falling onto trampolines…
I decided to make the first two happen for Logan’s birthday partay. I searched high and low around the webs to find recipes and ideas. I saw these chocolates over @ Ticket Kitchen, and they’re adorable. I would have just paid for some if I had enough time, but I didn’t. I needed to make my own and so I was looking for recipes and found this little gem. It looked easy enough. And it was pretty tasty. But I like sweet treats and this was still a little too bitter for me. So I just decided to add milk chocolate. All milk. All the time. Semi-sweet is fine, but milk is where it’s at.
After three different recipes/batches, I finally found what I wanted. Enjoy.
Hot Chocolate Blocks
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
½ c. heavy cream
1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
3 c. milk chocolate chips
1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate baking squares (finely chopped)
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
Heat cream and condensed milk over med-low heat, stirring occasionally. Don’t bring to a boil, but get nice and hot. In a separate bowl, combine all chocolate. Add to milk mixture and stir until just combined. Remove from heat and let sit for about 10 minutes. Put back on med-low heat and whisk until smooth and shiny. Add vanilla or any other flavoring at this point. Once smooth, pour into an 8×8 dish lined with parchment paper. Spread as close to edges as you can get and let sit for at least 12 hours. Turn out onto counter and slice into 1 ½ – 2 inch blocks. I got about 20-25 blocks per pan.
Stab with sticks. Decorate with mints, nuts, marshmallows, pictures, etc. Enjoy!
I served these with steamed milk, but before everyone got to the party, I was eating these like fudge. Like fudge, I tell you! They’re delicious.
Go get ‘em, Tiger.
**To see my other contribution for You Are My Fave’s Project Holiday 2011, click here.