Thursday, 22 December 2011

Christmas Chocolate Stirrers

We came across some chocolate stirrers in a shop whilst out Christmas shopping and Sous Chef J wanted to make some of his own.  Luckily, we already had a silicone ice cube tray with a festive theme so we wondered if we would be able to make use of it.

It was important to source some white chocolate that was actually meant to melt.  Having looked closely at the offerings in the cake decorating aisle at the supermarket, we went for some chocolate chips from Silverspoon.  The packet mentioned melting and gave directions so that was a start, at least!

Having put the choc chips into ceramic bowls, we placed them into a container of hot (not boiling) water and used a spatula to stir them.  Miracle of miracles, they melted.

Next it was onto filling the silicone tray with the melted chocolate.  We did the white chocolate snowmen and snowflakes first.  Then moved onto the dark chocolate for the stockings, trees and bells.

We then added cake pop sticks... this was a delicate task as we needed to make sure the chocolate was firm enough to take the sticks without being too hard to get them in.

Whilst we waited for the chocolate to set fully, we sorted out which sprinkles would be used to decorate our stirrers.  Sugar stars and sugar strands from Morrisons as well as Dr Oetker chocolate stars were what Sous Chef J chose.

 This is what the fully cooled chocolates looked like.

We then warmed them over hot water and placed them in the decorations before being placed in paper petit four cases.  To make individual gifts for Sous Chef J's pals, the chocolate stirrers were put in a cellophane bag which was tied with Christmas themed ribbon.


  1. Sorry to point this out, but Silverspoon whit chocolate chips contain gluten- or at least they did the last time I looked at the label. Most of this sprinkles and decorations with the Silverspoon label are also not gluten free. It's getting quite difficult to find chocolate and cake decorations which are suitable for coeliacs.

  2. Thanks for your comment Adriana. As we state at the top of the blog, it's up to people to check their ingredients suit their dietary requirements.

    This recipe used Silver Spoon white choc chips which listed only soya and milk as allergens on the pack we used. The decorations used were Dr Oetker and Morrisons own brand - again none listing gluten in the ingredients.

    Hope this clarifies matters.