Pinterest is a lovely place around this time of year. Filled with decorations, gift ideas, and all things holiday-food-related, it is there that we found this fun recipe for today's post.

hot chocolate ingredients

Step 1

Before you get started, take a minute to line your 8"x8" pan with wax paper—you'll soon be dealing with sticky, melty chocolate, and this will save you a lot a mess in a few minutes.

line pan with wax paper

Step 2

Now it's time for the chocolate. Cut the baking chocolate into rough squares and combine it with the chocolate chips.

cut baking chocolate

put chocolate in bowl

Step 3

Now, measure the heavy cream and condensed milk and pour them into the saucepan. Place the saucepan on the stovetop and heat over a medium-low heat. The mixture is ready when it begins to steam.

heavy cream and condensed milk for hot chocolate

Step 4

Once the mixture is steaming, remove it from the stovetop and stir in the chocolate. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.

stir chocolate

stir in chocolate

Step 5

After 10 minutes, return the saucepan to the stove top and whisk the chocolate mixture until it becomes smooth and shiny.

whisk chocolate mixture for hot cocoa

Step 6

Now grab your pan and pour in the mixture, smoothing it out with a spatula. (You can dust the mixture with cocoa powder if you so desire!)

delicious chocolate

Step 7

Let the chocolate mixture sit in a cool, dry place overnight. (You can put it in the refrigerator for an hour or two the next morning to be sure that it's fully set.) When the chocolate has set, remove it from the pan and peel off wax paper. Grab a glass and fill it with hot water. Then, get a serrated knife and a towel. Soak the knife in hot water to warm it up, wipe it down with a towel, and slice your chocolate into squares. (Heating the knife helps it cut the chocolate evenly without breaking it.)

let chocolate sit over night

cut chocolate

Step 8

Once you've made the cut, push a wooden stir stick into each piece. At this point your chocolate is ready to go. These hot cocoa sticks will last at room temperature for two weeks in an airtight container. If you'd like to save them for longer, they'll keep for up to 30 days in the freezer.

chocolate on wooden stir stick

Step 9

We suggest pairing these tasty treats with Dunn DIY's yummy marshmallow recipe.

chocolate & marshmallow

Step 10

To make your hot chocolate warm a cup of milk (per serving). Don't bring the milk to boil, as you don't want it to scald. Once the milk is hot, add the chocolate stick and stir until melted.

warm milk for hot chocolate

diy hot chocolate

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