|A mint leaf enrobed in dark chocolate atop a stick. Joy.|
When I was researching how to make my One Giant After Eight mint, I came across this on t'internet which I thought was a fantastic idea.
So I made some and they were great and so easy. There's something about giving people a little chocolate something on a stick that makes them go crazy. (I got some mint leaves, melted some 70% cocoa chocolate, dripped it over the top and stuck a lollipop stick on, do the lot on some baking parchment, put in fridge for not very long at all, peel off, present with coffee.)
This got me thinking of making other chocolate lollipops. My children like chocolate and I don't mind them eating it, but prefer them to have good quality dark chocolate which is actually good for you: it's not easy finding dark chocolate lollies, the choice in milk chocolate whatnot is HUGE, in dark chocolate? Not so much. You can of course also make these chocolollos for adults and serve them after dinner with coffee/instead of a dessert. They are my new BIG NEW THING THAT I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT and am pressing chocolate lollies on everyone who comes round.
So I decided to get some lollipop moulds to make the process even simpler and because I'm a sucker for gadgets. This means you can make a tray of choco lollies in under five minutes and they look so neat and perfect. I just melt the chocolate in a jug, in the microwave (about 100g makes seven lollies, roughly), pour them into the moulds, putting in whatever you like - sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chopped nuts, chopped up mint leaves, whole mint leaves, flakes of chilli, bashed up mints or honeycomb. I mean just GO CRAZY. Up to you with whether you put the 'filling' in before or after pouring in the chocolate - you get different effects according to which you do. I like it cos it means I can give my children a chocolate hit with omega-3 rich seeds which makes this practically a health food.
I got my moulds from Make a Wish Cake Shop, the 7 in one plain one is this one. (Ignore the pic, what you get is a plain tray with seven plain lolly impressions, those funny pics are stick on sugar discs, nothing to do with the mould.) I also got this 4 in one which gives you a much bigger lollipop, only really for special occasions I'd say. Then you need some lolly sticks.
There are lots of other places that do lolly moulds/sticks but that's where I got mine and the service was fast.
I am aware this is the third chocolate post in a row.
An update in November 2011. I make these all the time and have experimented with crushed coffee beans (espresso ones if it makes a difference): excellent. But the BIG find was popping candy (I get mine from Waitrose, it's in the baking aisle, near stuff like sprinkles and cooking chocolate. It's fantastic, you sprinkle some popping candy (it comes in little rocks almost like crystals) into each mould and pour the chocolate on top. Then, when you eat the candy it 'explodes' in your mouth.
|Lollies in chocolate. With bits.|
|And yet more..|