Hello Dear Friends!
First and foremost, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season! Thus far, mine has been chopped full of quality family time, good eats—and plenty of vino! And let’s be honest…what more could a gal ask for? :)
Well, perhaps the gift of “saving time”. And wouldn’t you know it? These “Chocolate Lollipops” are just the trick!
Inspired by the most recent special of the Barefoot Contessa in London, I whipped up (with the wonderful help of my fab nieces) these quick and easy Chocolate Lollipops. The whole process took us less than 15 minutes. True Story.
And the end result?
A Trifecta of Holiday Goodness!
Planning a little soiree? These Chocolate Lollipops will serve as:
- A lovely decor/centerpiece when packaged with ribbons and bundled in a vase,
- A deluxe party favor for your guests when they leave,
- and Of course, a DELISH Treat!
Another NGUYEN-WIN SITUATION! :)
Happy Holidays Friends!
Makes Approximately 2 Dozen Pops
6 Ounces Quality Chocolate (either white, milk, dark, or mixed–your preference)
1/2 Cup Dried Fruits or Chopped Nuts (completely your preference)
2 Dozen Lollipop Sticks
Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Using a double boiler method, melt the chocolate stirring slowly until smooth. Remove from heat. Spoon one tablespoon of the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper. Try to do this evenly to form a round circle. Lay the lollipop stick 1/3-1/2 inch into the chocolate circle. Sprinkle with your choice of chopped nuts and/or dried fruit. Repeat process until all your chocolate is used. Set aside the cookie sheets in a cool area and allow 2-3 hours to harden. Once firm, carefully peel the lollipops from the parchment paper. The pops can be packaged with cellophane and tied with a decorative bow.
**The photo shown above features both white chocolate and 60% chocolate with dried cranberries and crushed pistachio nuts.