DIY Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Spoons

Serves 4

20 Minute Prep Time

By Bridgette Clare, RHN on December 3, 2016 , categorized in Snacks

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Typically I fall into the DI-Don’t category. My DIY attempts are good for a laugh and that’s about it. Unless it involves food—then watch out. I’m a DIY boss. So even if you don’t consider yourself a DIY’er I encourage you to give this easy gift project a shot. If you’re a seasoned DIY’er then feel free to jazz this up as only a DIY master like yourself knows how.

Love peppermint spoons more than anything? Pick up a silicon spoon shaped candy mold. Crush candies as you’ll be directed, add to molds, and heat until melted.

This recipe can be halved (use an 8oz. Mason jar) or quartered, for single-serve mini jars (use 1a 4oz. Mason jar).
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Ingredients

  • Hot Chocolate:
  • 8 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 8 Tbsp dairy free chocolate chips
  • 4 Tbsp mini vegan marshmellows
  • Optional: Sub 2 Tbsp cocoa powder for 2 Tbsp Chocolate Vega® Essentials
  • or Chocolate Vega® Clean Protein
  • Peppermint Spoon:
  • Crushed red and white swirled peppermint candies or candy cane (12 candles or 2 to 4 candy canes, size dependent).
  • Wooden cutlery spoons (if you can't find these you can substitute popsicle sticks)

Preparation

  1. Hot Chocolate Mason Jar Directions:

    1. Carefully and evenly layer cocoa powder, sugar, chocolate chips and then mini marshmallows in a 16oz. Mason jar. Top with lid.
  2. Peppermint Spoon Directions:

    1. Unwrap candies and place in a food storage bag.
    2. Using a kitchen mallet (or anything hard you have in your kitchen – I used the back of a metal ice cream scoop) coarsely crush the candies.
    3. Roll out a piece of parchment paper.
    4. Remove a half of the crushed candies and melt in microwave-safe dish (alternate option: melt at 300°F degrees in the oven).
    5. Dip a spoon into the melted candy, filling the spoon (act fast – it hardens quickly), and sprinkle with coarsely chopped candy pieces.
    6. Lay flat to dry on parchment paper to cool and harden. Note: For longer storage and transport, place spoons in decorative bags.

     

  3. Usage Directions:

    1. Remove marshmallows from jar.
    2. Add one cup water and remaining ingredients to pot and stir over medium-high until desired temperature reached. Optional: For even creamier hot chocolate sub your favorite non-dairy beverage.
    3. Pour in mug and top with marshmallows.
    4. Add peppermint spoon and stir.

Bridgette Clare, RHN

A Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), Certified Raw Foods Chef and Vega Product Specialist, Bridgette Clare works at Vega as the Customer Experience Team Lead. Bridgette is passionate about making food fun and accessible. She believes what we eat has a huge impact on how we feel and whole heartedly supports a holistic approach to nutrition. Experimenting in the kitchen, sharing new recipes and enjoying new culinary experiences with friends is what she’s all about. Fun fact: Bridgette is always seeking out fun ways to stay active—trying out everything from circus school to testing out her indoor cycling teacher abilities!

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