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These Chocolate Candy Cane Coffee Spoons are a fun and tasty treat when stirred into coffee or hot cocoa! They're also great as a homemade gift for friends, neighbors or coworkers.
In our house every year on Christmas Eve, we all watch Christmas movies together as a family and always have hot cocoa. The kids also get to open one present, which is usually pajamas and something fun to keep them busy.
One of my obsessions is scouring Pinterest for new ideas, and this year I decided to do a hot cocoa bar on Christmas Eve. A hot cocoa bar is just a set up of hot cocoa with a variety of toppings. This blog has a great article with lots of cute ideas.
While I was out shopping for toppings, I came across some spoons that were coated with with different things that you could stir into your hot drink and it would melt and flavor it.
What I didn't love was the ridiculous price tag for four spoons.
Of course I ran to my kitchen, and with a few trials and errors, I ended up with many Chocolate Candy Cane Coffee Spoons for a fraction of the price the store was selling them for. Win!
I'm also calling them coffee spoons since that seems to be the more common thing they're called. Although they can be used in any hot drink. I will be using them in hot cocoa!
Tips for Making Chocolate Candy Cane Coffee Spoons
Getting Things Ready
You'll need crushed candy canes for this recipe. In order to do this without making a huge mess, place the candy canes in a ziploc bag and then crush with a mallet, hammer or rolling pin.
To melt the chocolate and ensure it won't burn, use a double boiler, or you can place a bowl over a pan of hot water. My double boiler is way too big, so I just grabbed a small pot, filled it about two inches with water and set a small glass bowl over the top. This worked perfectly.
The chocolate I like to use is the Ghirardelli Chocolate Melting Wafers. They come in a few different varieties like Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate. They always melt so easily.
After melting the chocolate, let it sit for about 20-25 minutes, so it's not so hot. It will get a little thicker, which is what you need so it will stick to the spoon.
Doing the Spoon Thing
When coating the spoons with the chocolate, you'll need to do two layers. The first layer is to coat the spoon and the second layer will be to fill the bowl part of the spoon with as much chocolate as you can fit. Make sure the first layer is hardened before adding the second layer.
I like to use a floral foam block to keep the spoons upright while the chocolate is hardening. I have these on hand since I also use them when making cake pops. You can reuse them over and over. I just pop this whole block into the freezer for about 10 minutes for the first layer of chocolate.
After you add the second layer of chocolate, then sprinkle on the crushed candy cane. Let the second layer cool on a plate, since this is the layer where you are just filling the bowl part of the spoon.
Storing the Spoons
If you're planning on using the spoons yourself, you can just store them in a container in the refrigerator until you're ready to use them.
If you are planning on giving them out as gifts, I like to wrap them individually. I found small treat bags that the spoons fit perfectly in. These bags are the same size and are super cute with wreaths on them! Way more adorable than the ones I found in the store, but they did the job.
Chocolate Candy Cane Coffee Spoons
- Melt chocolate in a bowl over hot, simmering water. Remove from heat and let sit for 20-25 minutes to thicken slightly.
- Coat bottom third of spoon with chocolate. The chocolate should be thickened to where it won't run down the spoon when held upright. If it does, let the chocolate sit a little longer.
- Place spoons in foam block standing upright and put in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden.
- While spoons are in the freezer, place the candy canes in a ziploc bag and crush with mallet or rolling pin into small pieces.
- Remove spoons from the freezer. Fill the bowl part of the spoon with chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candy cane. Set spoons on a plate so the chocolate doesn't spill out of them.
- Place spoons in freezer or refrigerator to harden.
- Store in a sealed container, or wrap individually. Keep the spoons in the refrigerator until ready to use.
If you are looking for other Holiday treats to make, check out my M&M Crinkle Christmas Cookies. They are super addicting, so be careful!