Gift from the Kitchen #6 – Spicy Hot Chocolate Spoons

December 17th, 2009 / Comments 1

Hot chocolate spoons were the final creation to come from my kitchen this week.

BV chocolate spoon Gift from the Kitchen #6   Spicy Hot Chocolate Spoons

Here’s how I made them:

Spicy Hot Chocolate Spoons

I used a double boiler to melt eight ounces of semi-sweet chocolate over simmering water. While the chocolate melted, I sifted together a quarter of a cup of cocoa powder, half a cup of confectioners’ sugar, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and a quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. I omit cayenne pepper when I’m giving these spoons to friends who prefer food without a spicy kick.

When the chocolate was melted, I added two teaspoons of unflavored vegetable oil, anything but olive oil will do, and used a spatula to stir in the sugar/cocoa mixture.

I put one tablespoon of chocolate into the bowls of eight Chinese porcelain spoons that I found in an Asian market. I added a tag to each spoon with the these simple directions: To make a sublime mug of spicy hot chocolate, put six ounces of very hot milk in a mug and stir with this spoon until the chocolate has melted.

Mugs c egbert Gift from the Kitchen #6   Spicy Hot Chocolate Spoons

I used the remaining chocolate to make chocolate cubes with cinnamon stick stirrers by spooning  the chocolate into plastic ice cube trays and poking a cinnamon stick into each cube before the chocolate hardened. Regardless of how they are packaged, it is important to include directions or the hot chocolate cube will be mistaken for a piece of spicy fudge or a chocolate lollipop.

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Spicy Hot Chocolate List

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder
  • 1/2 c  confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • a pinch of salt
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