On the last day of work before Christmas, a colleague flew back from a short trip to Europe and began handing out sweet little presents to all the rest of us: blocks of chocolate stuck onto the ends of what appeared to be wooden spoons.
These are HotChoc Spoons from the Dutch firm Chocolate Company. Referred to on the website as “a solid piece of happiness on a spoon,” the basic premise regarding these sweets is to use them to stir a mug of hot milk. As one stirs, the heat of the milk melts the chocolate and mixes it into the milk for a proper sort of hot chocolate – quite appropriate for the cold, rainy nights we’ve been having in this part of the world, yes? (Even better for those places that have been snowed under; I can only imagine how heavenly a mug of hot chocolate would be on a freezing night…)
While some of my officemates got such variants as triple chocolate, tiramisu, and 50% Dark, I was lucky enough to receive the one you see on top of this post. The latte macchiato spoon is a collaboration between Chocolate Company and Maison Blanche Dael, one of the oldest and most respected coffee brewers in the Netherlands. This particular chocolate-spoon consists of three layers of white, milk, and dark chocolate flavored with an exceptionally good, dark-roasted Arabica coffee. The resulting chocolate is the most insanely delicious version of caffe mocha you will ever have in your life: smooth, just sweet and just bitter enough, and just enough caffeine to keep you awake to enjoy the mug.
I have seen similar products made and sold locally: Heavenly Chocolates has their Belgian hot chocolate cubes and Slice over at the Bonifacio Global City has its own spin on HotChoc Spoons. But, seriously: I am thinking of doing my own version. I was thinking of flavoring these sweet chocolate cubes with spices, nut extracts, and any number of flavored vodkas and liqueurs! Just imagine how lovely lavender or rose choc-spoons would taste, or a cinnamon-allspice blend, perhaps dark chocolate with a shot of pimenton dulce or white with a shot of ginger and lemongrass… Oh, the possibilities…