Sunday, December 9, 2012
Hot Chocolate Balls
This is a Pinterest recipe that I couldn't pass up. The original recipe is called Hot Chocolate on a Stick. Mine didn't quite come out that way.
2 lbs. melted chocolate (real chocolate with high content of cocoa butter)
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
I melted my chocolate in the microwave. The recipe directions melt it over a double boiler. (Might be one of my mistakes.) Mix cocoa powder and powdered sugar into melted chocolate. I used dark chocolate cocoa powder. (Might have been another mistake.) The original recipe had you pour the mixture into a zip lock bag with a small hole cut in the corner so you could squirt it into a mold or mini muffin tins. Mine wasn't squirtable but thick. This is what I ended up doing. Using my hands I shaped 1" balls and rolled some of them in cinnamon sugar and some in peppermint sugar. Some I left plain. For appearance as well as use, I put each ball on a plastic form, wrapped it with plastic wrap and tied it with a pretty ribbon. I think they turned out quite pretty. To use you simply heat an 8 oz. cup of milk, crumble your Hot Chocolate Ball into your milk, stir and enjoy. It really is quite good!
These are good to add to gift baskets with a simple little card telling the user how to turn their Hot Chocolate Ball into the real thing.