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Hot chocolate pops

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(Read caption) Squares of chocolate ganache on a stick stirred in warm milk make for a decadent cup of hot chocolate.

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I was in a very fancy grocery store and saw a lovely, beautifully wrapped box of hot chocolate-on-a-stick.  My first thought was “I can do that.”  And those babies with their cellophane and ribbon and fancy label were selling for $10 apiece.  Yes, I can do much better than that.

These pops are basically block of chocolate ganache on a stick. You can flavor the chocolate, coat the cubes in powdered sugar or colored sugar and use any number of ideas for the stick. Serve these at a holiday party (with milk!), for kids or adults, or wrap a few in cellophane of your own and give them as gifts.

Hot Chocolate Pops

8 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate (60 % cocoa)
8 ounces milk chocolate
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Line an 8-1/2- by 4-1/2-inch loaf tin with nonstick foil, waxed paper, or plastic wrap, leaving some overhang.

Break up the chocolate into very small pieces and place into a shallow bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the cream over medium heat until it just comes to a boil.

When the cream is hot, pour it through a sieve over the chocolate and leave to soften for a minute. Stir the mixture vigorously until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. Scrape all of the chocolate into the prepared loaf tin, smooth the top, and leave to cool, then refrigerate for about an hour until just firm. 

Gently remove the loaf using the overhanging wrap and cut the block into eight 1-1/2-inch  cubes. Run your knife under warm water before each cut. Insert the desired stirrer into the center of each cube, making sure they will stand up on their own. Gently return the block to the loaf tin and refrigerate until completely firm.

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