Chocolate stirrers

Get the kids in the kitchen making these chocolate stirrers that you pop into hot milk for a DIY hot chocolate. Experiment with your own flavour combinations

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:5 mins
    plus 2-3 hours chilling
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 354
  • fat 25g
  • saturates 14g
  • carbs 24g
  • sugars 18g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 5g
  • salt 0.1g


  • vegetable oil, for the mould
  • 400g dark chocolate or milk chocolate, chopped
  • 3 whole cardamom pods, husks removed and seeds ground to a powder
  • 2 tsp chopped pistachios
  • 1 small unwaxed orange or tangerine, finely zested
  • 2 tsp candied peel, finely chopped
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 squares white chocolate, finely grated or shaved
  • 1 tsp freeze-dried raspberries
  • ¼ whole star anise, finely ground
  • an ice lolly mould
  • small wooden spoons or ice lolly sticks


  1. Lightly oil the ice lolly moulds. Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of just-simmering water, stirring occasionally – take care to not scald the chocolate, as this will make it waxy and granular. Alternatively melt the chocolate in short, sharp bursts in a microwave on a medium heat. Put the spoons or lolly sticks into the holes of the lolly mould.

  2. Divide the melted chocolate into four separate bowls. Now work quickly to add the different flavours. Stir the ground cardamom into one bowl and fill two lolly moulds to the top of the spoon, then sprinkle on the chopped pistachios. Mix the orange zest into the next bowl, then fill two moulds to the top of the spoon and top with candied peel. Mix the nutmeg into the next bowl, then fill two moulds as before and top with white chocolate. Add the star anise to the final bowl of chocolate, mix, then fill the remaining moulds and top with the freeze-dried raspberries.

  3. Chill the moulds in the fridge for at least 2-3 hrs. When the chocolate has completely set, ease the stirrers out of the moulds, wrap each spoon in cellophane and secure with string. Add a label that reads ‘Stir me into hot milk’, if you like. Keep cool until you need them.

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