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Whether you just finished shoveling your driveway, made a snowman with your kids or skied down your last slope of the day with friends, there's nothing quite as satisfying as a rich cup of hot chocolate when coming in from the cold. But why settle for plain old hot cocoa when you can use one of these great recipes to make it over-the-top delicious.

Hot Cocoa Spoons

Stir these candy spoons into your hot chocolate or coffee for a surprising treat. Kids love making these with a little supervision!

you will need

  • spoons, plastic work best
  • chocolate chips (dark, milk or white)
  • tiny marshmallows
  • coconut, shredded and sweetened
  • peanut butter chips
  • crushed candy canes
  • wax paper
  • paper plates

directions

  1. Have your supplies out and ready to go.
  2. Heat chocolate chips for spoon dipping first by placing 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute.
  3. Take chocolate out and stir, then continue to heat it for 20 second intervals until completely melted.
  4. Once the chocolate is melted, dip each spoon into the bowl. You’ll need to stir it around and turn it over to make sure the bowl of the spoon is covered in chocolate.
  5. Set the spoon onto a paper plate covered in wax paper.
  6. Now use your imagination and taste to add whatever you’d like to swirl in your beverage. We sprinkled coconut on one to look like snow, crushed peppermint on another, and a melted butterscotch chips spoon with drizzled chocolate on the top.

Chocolate Curls

  1. Soften, don’t melt, your chocolate by placing it in a warm place in your kitchen or holding it in your hands. Don’t use the microwave because it heats unevenly.
  2. Milk chocolate or white chocolate bars or chunks work best because of their fat content. Semisweet chocolate can be used too, but it may crumble easier.
  3. Place chocolate on parchment paper or foil and place near the edges of the counter smooth side up.
  4. Using a vegetable peeler pull across the chocolate towards you. Dig deep for big curls and along the side for small curls.
  5. Gently transfer chocolate curls using a toothpick to top hot chocolate, or decorate cupcakes and cakes.

Hot Chocolate Gift

Made with our Peppermint Hot Chocolate

you will need

  • 1 cup Stonewall Kitchen Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  • 3/4 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 16 ounce Ball jar with lid
  • decorative paper or fabric
  • ribbon
  • 4 peppermint sticks

directions

  1. Place hot chocolate in jar and top with marshmallows. Put lid on jar.
  2. Cut decorative paper or fabric in a circle at least 1 1/2 inches larger than the size of the lid. After placing paper or fabric over lid of jar tie with ribbon. Tie ribbon around peppermint sticks. Write instructions to make hot chocolate on a gift tag - "Mix contents of jar with 4 cups milk. Heat over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Serve in a mug with peppermint stick"