The holidays are always a special time of year. This year I decided that in lieu of the traditional purchasing of gifts I would make special treats for my closest friends. That didn’t quite work out, as I ended up both buying gifts and cooking for friends, but the more the merrier, right? This is one of the easiest and most popular holiday gifts that I have ever made. They make perfect Christmas gifts, Hanukkah gifts, or even a very thoughtful hostess gift. In addition, they could easily be adapted as a delicious and thoughtful Valentines Day gift for your sweetheart.
I live for gift giving, and I often question which I love more, giving the gift or wrapping the gift. With this yummy treat you won’t have to choose- simply pick up some cute themed cellophane bags from your local dollar or craft store and tie them with a pretty bow and a cute tag with instructions. When decorated with sprinkles and mini marshmallows, the recipent of these innovative spoons will not believe that you made them yourself! These have been requested by name from me, and once you start making them, your friends will be begging for more! The best part? They are super easy!
So, you know you want to. Go be the star of their holiday season. Or… eat them all yourself. The choice is yours!
Hot Chocolate Spoons
8 oz Semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 Tbsp powdered sugar
2-3 Drops doTERRA peppermint essential oil*
20 Plastic or Wooden Spoons
Metal or glass bowl plus a medium size pot, or a double boiler
Line a sheet pan with wax paper and set aside. Fill a medium sized pot with only 1-2 inches of water and place a glass or metal bowl on top, careful that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water in the pan. Bring the water to a simmer. Place chocolate chips into the bowl and stir occasionally until almost all of the chips are melted.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir until the rest of the chips are completely melted. Whisk in cocoa and sugar, and then add the peppermint oil.
Fill each spoon with chocolate and place on the wax paper. Sprinkle immedietly with sprinkles. Continue until each spoon is filled. Place the pan in your refrigerater to cool (it should only take about a half hour to an hour at the most).
Meanwhile, put mini marshmallows in each cellophane bag. Once the chocolate spoons are cool, fill each bag with the spoons and seal with a bow. You can tie a tag with instructions on the bow if you wish.
To enjoy, heat a cup of milk or cream and add one or two spoons. Allow the chocolate to melt and top with marshmallows. Enjoy!
I hope you can find time to get cozy with a cup of hot chocolate this winter. Happy (late) holidays!
*Peppermint oil is completely optional in this recipe. Liquids can make melted chocolate sieze up. I have never had this problem with peppermint oil, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. Peppermint hot chocolate spoons are by far more popular and delicious than plain, but just use caution. I use doTERRA Essential Peppermint Oil because I know that it is the purest oil that I can find.