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"What's for Dinner Honey?"

What can we say?  Betty is grasping for inspiration during these cold snowbound days.  The idea of food on a stick just seemed fun, simple in a slightly labor intensive way.  We mean simple fun, simple joy, simple pleasure.  Indulge please.

Hot Chocolate Pops - from KingArthurFlour.com

1/2 cup heavy cream
14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk {1 1/4 cups}
3 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate {chopped chocolate bars or chips}
3/4 cup unsweetened baking chocolate
lollipop sticks

Line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Heat the cream and condensed milk over low heat until steaming. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate; allow it to gently melt.

After about 10 minutes, return the chocolate mixture to low heat to completely melt the chocolate. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is thick and shiny. Add a few drops of flavoring: hazelnut, almond, peppermint, vanilla or a heaping teaspoon of espresso powder. Stir.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan; shake the pan gently to level. Set aside overnight to slowly set up.

Run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn out onto a clean cutting surface.

Slice into 1 1/4" cubes. Heat a knife in hot water and wipe dry before each cut, for the smoothest edges.

Stick a lolly stick into the center of each block. Roll in cocoa. Wrap in waxed paper, parchment, or plastic wrap to store. {As if Betty will have any left over to store.}

Variations:
1.  dust with espresso powder or crushed peppermint candy
2. Skewer a marshmallow on top of the cocoa block for extra mallowy goodness.   
3. Sneak a shot of Bailey's, peppermint schnapps or a bit of rum in your hot cocoa- to keep you warm. It's medicinal.