Cocoa Blocks

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Fudge on a stick? Swirl these blocks into a mug of hot milk and enjoy luscious hot chocolate. In need of a creamy chocolate fix? Nibble the chocolate blocks directly from the stick.

Cocoa Blocks

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Published: 01/01/2010



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1) Line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

2) Heat the cream and condensed milk over low heat until steaming. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate; allow it to gently melt.

3) After about 10 minutes, return the chocolate mixture to low heat to completely melt the chocolate. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is thick and shiny. Add a few drops of flavoring oil if you like; hazelnut, coffee, or vanilla are popular flavors.

4) Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan; shake the pan gently to level. Sprinkle with cocoa, if desired. Set aside overnight to slowly set up.

5) Run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn out onto a clean cutting surface.

6) Slice into 1 ¼" cubes. Heat a knife in hot water and wipe dry before each cut, for smoothest cuts.

7) Stick a wooden stick into the center of each block.

8) Roll in cocoa or crushed peppermint candy, if desired.

9) Wrap in waxed paper, parchment, or plastic wrap to store.

Yield: about 3 dozen blocks.


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  • star rating 12/30/2014
  • Nanci from Enfield, CT
  • I made this for the first time and it was simple to make, easy to clean up and taste great. I love the idea, but I think the squares are too big at 1 1/4". I can't get the whole cube to melt in the hot milk and there is a big hunk of chocolate in the bottom of the cup every time. Anyone else find this to be a problem? Has anyone tried a smaller square. I am using this recipe for a skating party in January and would like to perfect it before then. Thanks so much for input if anyone can help.

    Hi Nanci, We didn't have any issues with the blocks dissolving when we made them here, but if you would like to cut them into a smaller size, then you absolutely can do that. Happy baking! Jocelyn@KAF

  • star rating 12/22/2014
  • Heidi from Burke, VA
  • This was So Easy! And SOOO YUMMY! I am on my 3rd batch sitting in the kitchen waiting to be cut up! I ran some over to my neighbor's house to share, and I am getting ready to wrap some up as gifts for Christmas! I have added in Crushed Candy canes, and my daughter, husband and I tried them already. WOW! I put a piece of foil on my skillet an turn it on to warm the squares for dipping into my crushed Candy Canes as a finishing touch, It worked Great! And clean up was easy! Thank you so much for this recipe. I am adding coffee extract next... I don't know what else I am going to do, but, this is so easy to play with, we could do just about whatever tickles us!
  • star rating 12/17/2014
  • Rebecca from Rockport, MA
  • I have made these as Christmas gifts for a few years now and they are wonderful! I get a lot of positive feedback about them. I also make my own marshmallows and put them on the stick above the cocoa blocks.
  • star rating 12/20/2013
  • Amy from Victoria, BC
  • This recipe makes great fudge and decent hot chocolate - but I found that I needed the blocks cut much larger in order to create a chocolately cup of cocoa using a standard mug of milk. Microwaved milk wasn't hot enough to really melt it; I needed to use stovetop heated milk which is fine for me, but as a gift I feel like many people would attempt to use a microwave and have less than great results getting their fudge to melt. After the first cup of cocoa that I made, I just ate the rest of the fudge as, well, fudge. Delicious!
  • 12/16/2013
  • Jolene from Rixford, PA
  • Instead of using a stick, I'm using a peppermint candy cane. Can't wait to give these as gifts.
  • star rating 12/13/2013
  • Gayle from Washington, NC
  • I made this recipe according to directions and had a tasty mess! I used foil, as suggested, and it was so sticky, I had to peel small pieces of foil off. I then put it in refrig and scraped some off the foil onto parchment paper, which still stuck. a cute idea, but a huge mess. I used Hershey's Milk Choc bars, also an option, but maybe I should have used the semi-sweet morsels
    I am sorry this recipe didn?t work for you. Please call us at the Hotline (855 371 2253) so that we can troubleshoot together. ~Jaydl@KAF
  • star rating 12/11/2013
  • Michelle from Richmond, Illinois
  • These were good and very easy to make. It takes a while for the chocolate to melt though. Had to reheat the milk in the microwave to get the chocolate to melt more.
  • star rating 12/04/2013
  • Trysten from Huntsville, Ut
  • Has anyone used silicone ice cube trays to mold these? Will they stick?
    I think the trays would work out nicely, just be careful not to "dent" the blocks as you remove them.
  • star rating 11/17/2013
  • Nicollett from Livermore, CA
  • I made these last year to give as gifts to my coffee- drinking friends. One note of warning- if you plant to dunk them, don't use paper lollipop sticks! They fall apart surprisingly fast in a hot beverage!
  • star rating 10/13/2013
  • Nichole from Raleigh, NC
  • We have made this family favorite for years. It is the best best hot cocoa I have ever had. I *might* eat a piece or two like it is fudge!
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