Hello everyone! Sorry it's been a while since I have posted a gift idea.If you've been reading my blog , you know why. Today's homemade gift idea is gourmet chocolate dipped spoons. If you've gone to coffee shops or candy stores I'm sure you seen these. They're great and be can expensive.I've seen some be as high as $3 a spoon! When you consider the actual amount of chocolate on each one, that's pretty high. These are great to use in coffee or hot chocolate and make a great little extra something added to a gift basket .If you are giving a package of gourmet hot chocolate or coffee this year as a gift, add a couple of these along with it. They are also a great party favor. Now let's get on with it!
-Sturdy clear plastic spoons- they look the nicest but hey,it's Christmas , you could use green or red
-variety of chocolate candy bars or chocolate chips - I don't recommend the Melties chips as they take way too long to disolve in the cups
-variety of liquid flavorings- if you don't want to use those, use a flavored chocolate such as Ghiradelli or Lindt, they have some great flavored ones
-lollipop wrappers- can be found in the candy making section of a hobby/ craft store, party store, or grocery store
-crused candy or finely chopped nuts, optional
1. Melt down chocolate. Mix in just enough liquid flavoring to flavor chocolate. Adding too much will cause the chocolate to not harden.
2.Dip spoons into chocolate until the entire bowl part of the spoon is well coated. Place on waxed paper.If desired or needed , you can re-dip the chocolate letting it set between dips until you get the right coverage.If you are re-dipping. BE SURE to dip in the same flavor or you will get mixed flavors. Hey there's a thought for new and interesting flavors.
3.If you want to add extras to the chocolate spoons, you'll need to do so while the chocolate is still wet. This is where you can really get creative. If using a white chocolate , you can take another spoons and dip it into a milk or dark chocolate and while it's dripping from the spoon in a long drip, move it back and forth across the white chocolate to make angled stipes. You can sprinkle on finely chopped almonds, pecans, or walnuts. I think dark chocolate dipped spoon with crushed candy canes sprinkled on top would be yummy!
4. Let spoons set to dry and harden. You can place them in the fridge on the waxed paper if you'd like.
5. Place spoons in the lollipop wrappers and tie with a ribbon. You're done!
Hope you all like this idea. I know you will amaze those you give them to.
"til next time,
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