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Paleo Hot Chocolate Sticks

I love giving presents. I love it! In the world of love languages, “gifts” is on the top of my list. A thoughtful gift can say so much.

It can be a sign of promise and everlasting love {engagement ring}, feel better soon {flowers to the sick}, thank you for having me {bottle of wine for the hostess}, we’re sorry for your loss {casserole to a grieving family}, or a simple thinking of you {card and bar of dark chocolate – at least that’s what my friends send me}.

Whether it’s the extra special cocktail ring I give {and will continue to give} each of my sisters before their weddings as a token of their individual fabulousness or the perfect squeaky toy for Gus, I spend a lot of energy on finding the right gift.

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To keep with the theme of thoughtful giving, I had to come up with the perfect low budget but still incredible gift for all my co-workers, neighbors, friends, and mailmen. Other than things that sparkle and squeak, I don’t know what’s more exciting than a square of perfectly flavored dark chocolate …on a stick …begging to be dipped in some hot milk. Right?

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This recipe makes 36 hot chocolate sticks. That’s 36 presents! All you have to do is melt the chocolate, add in a few other tasty ingredients, pour into a mold, chill, and wrap in plastic bags. It’s a simple, easy, cost effective, thoughtful gift.

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Let’s make a batch!

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Start with some good dark chocolate. Trader Joe’s carries these 1 lb 72% dark chocolate bars that work great!

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Break up the chocolate pieces and make sure you test it …you know …to make sure it’s good chocolate. Quality control!

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Put the chocolate in a glass bowl.

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Add in ¼ cup full-fat coconut milk.

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Then ¼ cup maple syrup and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Note: for a minty hot chocolate stick, use peppermint extract.

As gently as you can, melt the chocolate. You can either do this over a double boiler or with short spells in the microwave. Just be sure to stir it as you go!

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When it’s melted and evenly combined {and spoon-licking good}, pour it into a plastic bag that you’ll use to pipe into the molds.

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Grab some molds! I really like these cube silicone molds. You can find them here. Ice cube trays would work too!

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Pull the top of the plastic bag up so the chocolate will settle in one corner.

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Clip the corner open.

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And start piping into each mold.

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All filled!

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Now it’s ready for sticks.

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Poke each chocolate with a popsicle or cake stick.

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Now put the chocolates in the refrigerator for 2 hours if using a silicone mold or overnight if using an ice tray in the freezer.

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Pop ‘em out! Wrap in plastic bags and tie with a ribbon and the following instructions:

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1. Heat 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk in a mug.

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2. Take out your hot chocolate stick!

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3. Dip it into the hot almond milk and start stirring.

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4. Keep stirring!

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5. When the chocolate is dissolved, enjoy!

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Paleo Hot Chocolate Sticks

Yield: 36 sticks

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 lb dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup full-fat organic canned coconut milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract {sub peppermint extract for a peppermint hot chocolate!}
  • 36 popsicle or cake pop sticks


  1. Break the chocolate into smaller pieces and place in a large glass bowl. Add the coconut milk, maple syrup, and extract.
  2. With either a double boiler or gentle spells in the microwave, melt the chocolate until smooth.
  3. Pour into silicone molds using a pastry bag and poke each with a cake pop stick.
  4. Refrigerate for at least two hours or until firm.
  5. To make a cup of hot chocolate, heat 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk in a mug. Dip the chocolate stick in and stir until completely dissolved. Enjoy!

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17 Responses to “Paleo Hot Chocolate Sticks”

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    Brenda Scintoposted December 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm


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    heatherelisabethrposted December 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

    How brilliant! I’d be tempted to eat these right off the stick, but I’ll definitely make up a batch for when the hot chocolate mood strikes. Thanks for sharing your culinary cleverness!

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    misiesfaceposted December 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Girrrrrrl – this is perfect! Done, and done!

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    Lisaposted December 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    just a question re:ingrediants, do you think this work with lactaid whole milk?

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      fedandfitposted December 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Hm, maybe! It’s definitely worth a try!

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    Susanposted December 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Does it have a maple flavor?

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      fedandfitposted December 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Not at all. Just a nice chocolate flavor. The maple syrup helps sweeten the milk to give it that hot chocolate flavor.

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    Susanposted December 13, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    These look great. Will they stay solid at room temperature?

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      fedandfitposted December 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

      They will!

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    Anneposted December 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I just made these for teacher gifts and they are delicious! (I had to do quality control, too). I’ll be talking about them on my blog tomorrow!

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    Sandraposted October 4, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    How long will they last ie from time of making until using when at room temperature.
    Many thanks

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    JoAnposted October 17, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Looks like you used the cream off of the top of the coconut milk or did you shake and use the blended milk? Great idea. Thank you. 🙂

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      Cassyposted October 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Great question! I actually shook the can 🙂

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    Carlyposted December 3, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    How long will they stay solid at room temperature?

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      Kellyposted December 7, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      They should be able to last a very long time! As long as they are not sitting directly in the hot sun. Hope that helps Carly!


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