I don’t know about you guys but I’m definitely starting to feel the sluggish-winter-hibernation mode kick in these last few days where getting out of bed has been quite the chore and the days just seem to go on forever. And all I keep wanting to do is curl up under my duvet and sleep until it’s Spring – which is SO not like me! But I guess that’s part and parcel of the winter months. So to aid the cozier evenings (and to get myself in on the festive cheer), I decided to make quite the mess in the kitchen to conjure up this sweet Christmas DIY treat I have for you today. I must say, I’ve never had the flat smell of chocolate so much but hey, I’m not complaining!
Now, if like me, you love a bit of coffee or chocolate indulgence when winding down at winter then you’ll probably like these simple yet decadent ‘coffee spoons’ which really does add another dimension to your hot drinks! It’s like a BIG festive hug-in-a-mug! :D AND they make great little favours and stocking fillers too! I can’t take full credit for these ideas as I did stumble across it online somewhere last year and have always been meaning to try them out…..so please do join me in this chocolatey mess!! It’s well worth it, I promise you!
What you’ll need:
- chocolate (dark, milk and white)
- coffee granules
- decorative treats that dissolve! (mini marshmallows, caramel pieces, chocolate chips, crushed mint, sugar sprinkles….whatever you fancy!)
- plastic or wooden spoons
- baking or wax paper
- microwave-safe glass bowl
Take your chocolate bar and break them up into smaller pieces into your glass bowl. Zap it in the microwave for a couple of minutes – just keep an eye out during this process as you don’t want to cook up the chocolate but enough heat to melt it. Alternatively you can place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir the chocolate until it’s all melted. I’m big on dark chocolate and personally do think it works better with coffee and chocolate drinks…..and it’s less sweet particularly as you’ll be covering it with sweet decorative sprinkles later! Also, you can pick up some amazing flavoured dark chocolate if you want to go for a bit of sophistication; Green & Blacks do some yummy ones!
So once the chocolate is melted, add some coffee granules (and if you fancy, a dash of whisky, brandy or orange liqueur!) and mix it in gently so you you’ve got a bit of texture to the mixture. Dip you plastic spoons in, twirl it around and scoop up enough chocolate-coffee mixture to cover the entire spoon. This is messy so don’t worry too much about how it looks. Lay them out on a tray of baking/parchment paper until you’re done covering all your spoons. Then put them into the fridge for 10 mins to harden up completely
Just before you take your spoons out from the fridge, prepare your sweet station so they’re at hand to decorate with. Also, melt some milk and/or white chocolate which you’ll use to dip the spoons in for decorative purposes and of course this acts as your ‘glue’ for the sprinkles to adhere to! :) When the chocolate is melted and ready, take each spoon and dip…..you can either give a light coat all over or dip it half way or at an angle like I did. Then embellish it with your sweet sprinkles of choice. Once again, set these aside in your fridge for another 10 minutes.
So that’s it really – you’re chocolate covered coffee spoons are ready to use! I’ve obviously tested mine out a couple of times and its DELISH. They go really well with your hot chocolates and hot coffees to create this amazing mocaccino/cafe mocha deliciousness …or if you want something a bit more light, stir it into a mug of hot milk! I must say my favourite ones have been the marshmallow and crushed mint candy ones but of course you can add less sweet things like spices; ranging from ground ginger to cinnamon to nutmeg. It really is open to whatever it is you fancy….as long as they dissolve! :)
I do hope you’ll have a go at these. They’re ridiculously simple and soooooooo worth it!! Enjoy, your hot cup of deliciousness and let me know how you get on with your scrummy coffee spoons!