Stir Up Some Fun With Easy Cocoa + Chocolate Spoons

Congratulations to all the moms out there. Why? Because we survived Christmas! Woo-hoo! And better yet, I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your kiddos. Now, all we have to do is find a way to keep the little ones busy until school starts up again. Am I right? For me, that comes down to my little secret – Hot Cocoa.

Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Dipped Spoons

At the beginning of December, as I started preparing for the holiday, I found myself daydreaming about the kids being home from school. In my wintry-visioned mind, we sat around the toasty fireplace, playing board games and sipping hot chocolate. HA!

Now that we’re a week into vacation, of course, reality has set in. The game pieces are strewn throughout the house, my dreams of fireside family time have evaporated in the Los Angeles heat (not that I’m ungrateful for this!), and that line from that song echoes in my head: Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again…but there is one part I can still embrace as pure perfection: the cocoa.

And what goes better with hot cocoa than chocolate-dipped spoons? I’m telling you, this no-bake recipe is great for three reasons. First, it’s a fun, easy way to pass an afternoon being creative with the kids. Second, you’ll get a few minutes of peace and quiet while they’re enjoying the end result. And thirdly, you probably have everything you need in your cupboard already – right now at this very moment.

Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Dipped Spoons

We used these tiny, decorative wooden spoons, but you can also use plastic spoons (don’t worry, the chocolate doesn’t get hot enough to melt them!) or it can be as simple as using your everyday silverware.

Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Dipped Spoons

For the chocolate, set the kids on a scavenger hunt around the house to collect all the wayward chips, kisses or bars you have left over from the onslaught of recent holidays. That Hershey’s bar from Halloween? Perfect. Just make sure that whatever you have on hand is solid chocolate and you’re good to go.

Now, to decorate your spoons, you can pull some nonpareils or colored sprinkles from the cabinet, or you can get super creative. Grab those candy canes off of your Christmas tree or salvage Grandma’s peanut brittle for a little extra fun.

As for the hot cocoa, while pretty much any recipe will do for the kids, I like to do it up Colombian-style.

Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Dipped Spoons

I learned to make this cocoa a long time ago, on my first trip to Colombia. I used to love watching my tias (aunties) make it in large batches. To do it up right requires a jug (chocolatera) and a wooden spoon with a ball on the end (molinillo). Then you mix it while it’s on the stove.

I like to mix 1:1 part milk and chocolate bar.  Add the chocolate bar when the milk is warm, and mix it a LOT with the molinillo. That gives the cocoa the extra frothy goodness and some serious yum!

Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Dipped Spoons

Another option is to go with the powdered cocoa (no judging – we still have a long way to go before the kids are back in school). To get a fairly decent semblance of the real thing, use whole milk. Then whisk it on the stove as it heats up for that wonderful froth. Serve it up with your chocolate-dipped spoons.

Enjoy!

Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Dipped Spoons

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Hot Cocoa & Chocolate Spoons

By TheSweetNerd

December 26, 2016

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • 15 mins

    15 mins

Ingredients

Colombian Hot Chocolate

Milk

Bars of chocolate, popular brands include Corona, Diana and Luker (one bar of chocolate per cup of milk)

Colombian tools: A molinillo (a traditional wooden spoon that acts as a whisk) and or a chocolatera (an alumiunum pot)

Chocolate Dipped Spoons

Plastic, Wooden, or Real Spoons

Melting Chocolate

Decorations such as candy pearls, jimmies, crushed peppermint

Optional: Edible glitter or dust

Directions

Hot Chocolate

1Stovetop: With a 1:1 ratio of milk to chocolate bar, pour the milk in a saucepan or chocolatera (jug from Colombia). Once scalding, add in the chocolate. With a wooden spoon, or a molinillo (wooden spoon with ball at the end from Colombia), whisk the hot chocolate. (Use a back and forth spinning motion with the molinillo cupped between your palms).

2Keep this on the stove until the chocolate begins to froth. When the mixture begins to froth towards the top, quickly remove it from the heat.

3Add marshmallows and enjoy!

Chocolate Spoons

1Melt chocolates in double boiler or as instructed. Dip spoons into chocolate and place on parchment. Immediately, garnish with decorations and let them get firm at room temperature.

2Optional: If you are decorating with edible glitters, dust, or paint, then be sure to mix with vanilla or water. Then, apply paint or dust to hardened chocolate.

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Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Dipped Spoons

5 Comments

  • I have never seen hot cocoa prepared like this – but I am amazed and think it’s such a fabulous way to do it! I made hot cocoa chocolate spoons only once before, but it was definitely a great way to pass an afternoon. They make really great gifts, too! I hope you had a fabulous holiday!!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      4 months ago

      Thanks so much Jessica! It is delicious, decadent, and yummy. Cheers!

  • You beat me to it Cindy! I just saw these when I was vacationing in Charleston for the holidays and thought…perfect for the blog. These would be sweet as little hostess gifts too. The hot chocolate sounds delish!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      4 months ago

      Thanks MaryAnn! We are in Tennessee right now and enjoying some hot cocoa each evening with this brisk weather. Loving the smoky mountains! Cheers.

  • 3 months ago

    Mary Ann, you’re so right! These would make a perfect little hostess gift. I particularly like the little wooden spoons. Very charming.