Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? A way to entertain the children between now and Christmas Day, or between December 26 and whenever they go back to school? Maybe you’re planning ahead for winter birthdays? Do I have an easy recipe for you!
My daughter and I found the inspiration for these Hot Chocolate Cubes in American Girl magazine and knew we had to come up with a dairy-free version. We’re still coming up with flavors!
Besides the regular chocolate cubes, we made some with the white chocolate recipe from the Go Dairy Free Cookbook. I think the peanut butter chips from the Go Dairy Free Cookbook cookbook would also make great hot chocolate cubes.
As for toppings and stir ins, the sky is the limit: nut butter, vanilla extract, candy canes, cinnamon—ooh, cinnamon and cayenne for the adults would be good. One of our favorite topping choices is the new Jet Puffed Mallow Bits: tiny little marshmallows just like the ones found in dairy hot chocolate packets! However you choose to enjoy your Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Cubes, just be sure to share them with loved ones and stay warm!
Special Diet Notes & Options: Hot Chocolate Cubes
This recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy and optionally egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and all around allergy-friendly, as long as you use caution in selecting the chocolate and add-ins. Sarah uses Enjoy Life chocolate to keep the base free of top allergens. See our Dairy-Free Chocolate page for more information.
Stir it Up Option: For a fun presentation, pierce the dairy-free hot chocolate cubes with cute stir sticks, swizzle sticks, mini spoons, or even allergy flags when they have solidified a bit, but before they’ve completely set up. As the chocolate melts into your cup, you have a stirrer to blend it in!
- 2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life, or an equal amount of dairy-free white chocolate or peanut butter chips from Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook)
- Dairy-free toppings that will melt in hot dairy-free milk, such as sprinkles, crushed candy canes, cinnamon, cocoa powder, or marshmallows
- Microwave the chocolate for thirty seconds at a time, stirring vigorously between each heating, until it is melted and smooth (about 60 to 90 seconds)
- Use a small spoon to fill each section of a silicone ice cube tray with the chocolate. Fill each cup almost to the top.
- Add toppings to each cube.
- Let the chocolate harden, in the refrigerator if desired to speed things up. (If the toppings sink or melt, put more toppings on before the chocolate is completely hardened.)
- When the chocolate is hard, gently remove the chocolate cubes from their molds.
- Enjoy in an 8 ounce-mug of hot dairy-free milk or wrap for gift giving.*