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9 January 2014

I am a huge fan of homemade presents. They're much nicer than anything you can buy, and are (I think) the loveliest gift to receive. And, sentimentals aside, they are a much more economically friendly way of giving someone you love something lovely.

These hot chocolate spoons are super easy to make, and make the most filthy indulgent hot chocolates. I used wooden spoons, but why not chose a beautiful teaspoon to dip in chocolate and give as a present?

You can keep it simple or adorn these with any treats you like. I dabbled with honeycomb, salt, orange essence, raspberry and hazelnuts. These work beautifully with any colour chocolate too.

500g chocolate
chopped hazelnuts
freeze-dried berries
orange extract
peppermint extract
rock salt

Before you start melting, make sure you prepare your moulds. I used a mini-cupcake tin, but silicon or foil cases would work well too. Break up the chocolate into a heat-proof bowl, and set over a pan of water. Bring the water to the boil, stirring the chocolate until it is melted through. 

If you're adding any essences, add a few teaspoons to taste. Pour the chocolate into your moulds, and leave to cool a little. Once the chocolate has started to set, insert the spoon into the centre. If the spoon stands unsupported, the chocolate is ready. Add spoons to the remaining moulds, and sprinkle with your chosen toppings. 

Allow to set completely, then remove from the moulds and wrap up beautifully. 

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