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Cocoa Blocks

Author: Sue Gray

Cocoa Blocks Recipe

These chocolate blocks are a fun and simple way to make rich hot chocolate to order. Make them ahead, then stir them into mugs of hot steamed milk to create a decadent winter drink as they melt.

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At a glance

about 3 dozen blocks
Nutrition information


Choose your measure:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • unsweetened cocoa, for sprinkling (optional)
  • Wooden ice-pop sticks


  1. Line an 8" square pan with parchment or foil.
  2. In a 2-quart saucepan, heat the cream and condensed milk until steaming. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Return the pan to the stove over low heat and whisk vigorously until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is thick and shiny. Add a flavoring or extract (see tips), whisk to combine, and pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Shake it gently to level the top.
  4. Sprinkle the top with cocoa (if using). Set aside at room temperature for 1 hour to set up.
  5. Run a knife around the edge of the pan and use the parchment or foil to lift the block out of the pan. Place on a cutting surface.
  6. Dip a large knife in hot water and wipe dry; slice the block into 1 1/4˝ cubes, heating the knife and wiping dry between each cut. Place a wooden stick into the center of each block. Roll in more cocoa (if using).
  7. Place in mini-muffin papers, then wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap to store in the refrigerator.
  8. Yield: 3 dozen blocks

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 29g
  • Servings Per Batch 36 blocks
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 121
  • Calories from Fat 63
  • Total Fat 7g
  • Saturated Fat 4g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 7mg
  • Sodium 16mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 14g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Protein 2g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.