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Chocolate lollipops (homemade food gift with video)

Need some last minute Christmas stocking fillers? Or a quick thank you gift for a friend? These gorgeous chocolate lollipops are SO easy to make, and look lovely packaged up with a bow! And they'll cost you a fraction of the price they would in the shops!
Course Homemade food gift
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 lollipops
Calories 106kcal
Author Helen

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces chocolate (I used milk, but use dark or white if you prefer)
  • 1.75 ounces white chocolate for decorating (optional)
  • edible decorations of your choice e.g. dried mango, other dried fruit, raw cashew nuts, pistachio nuts, chopped fudge, pecans, chopped candies / candy bars…

other things you need

  • small lollipop sticks
  • cellophane see-through gift bags
  • odds and ends of fabric or paper gift ribbon

Instructions

  • Line baking trays or wooden boards with baking / non-stick paper.
  • Break the chocolate(s) into pieces in small glass / ceramic bowls and melt (in the microwave in 30-second bursts, or over a double boiler).
  • Place tablespoons of melted chocolate on the baking / non-stick paper, then push a lollipop stick about a third of the way into the side of it, twisting as you do.
  • Quickly decorate with your chosen treats, then leave to harden completely.
  • Wrap each lollipop in a cellophane gift bag, and tie with a ribbon.

Notes

Recipe based on an idea seen on one of Ina Garten’s shows (The Barefoot Contessa!).
I always melt my chocolate in the microwave in 30-second bursts. After the 3rd 30-second burst, some of the chocolate is still not quite melted, but I stir it in until it is. This is an easy way to ‘temper’ your chocolate so that it hardens again nicely.
Nutrition facts below are a rough guide only as they do not include any of the optional decorations. But hey, never mind - we're celebrating so who cares about calories?

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 59mg | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.5mg