On the very first day of our 12 day Advent Gift Box we present to you, Grounded Pleasures - Cinnamon Spiced Drinking Chocolate.
We were introduced to the original version of this delightful beverage in a gift from a close friend, years before Local Pantry Co was up and running. It was devoured within weeks and the hunt was on to secure another bag (yes, our fixation with Grounded Pleasures pre-dates their gorgeous foil finished boxes you see today).
We got five quick minutes with drinking chocolate master Craig, and picked his brain, have a read below.
How did Grounded Pleasures come to be - what was your lightbulb moment in diving into food production?
Christmas Cinnamon Spiced Icy Poles
- 700ml Milk (any kind)
- 100g Grounded Pleasures Cinnamon Spiced Drinking Chocolate
- 30g Grounded Pleasures Panela Sugar or honey or brown sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 90g white chocolate, for decoration (optional)
- For an adult version add the cheeky addition of 30ml of rum this will get any party started right
In a medium saucepan place all ingredients except the white chocolate. Gently whisk over a low to medium heat until the chocolate and sugar has dissolved and the mixture has warmed. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Pour the chocolate mixture into an icy pole mould that has the capacity for 10 icy poles (approximately 70 ml each). Leave a little room at the top of each, as the Chocolate mixture will expand a little as it freezes and the icy pole still will also make the mixture rise a little.
If your mould has a cover, place it on and stick one food safe wooden icy pole stick into each. If your mould doesn't have a cover, you can hold the sticks in place by covering the top with plastic wrap or similar. Place in the freezer and leave overnight to completely freeze.
Once frozen leave the mould out of the freezer for a few minutes, then the chocolate icy poles can be removed as you want to eat them, or they can all be removed and wrapped in plastic wrap or similar and put back into the freezer so you don't have the ice pole mould taking up freezer space.
If desired, once you want to eat the cinnamon-spiced chocolate icy poles melt the white chocolate either in the microwave or over a double boiler on the stove and drizzle some of the melted white chocolate over each icy pole. This can be done using a piping bag or drizzling the chocolate over with a spoon or similar.
To read more about our Tasting day with Grounded pleasures you can head to this article here.
To shop the rest of he Grounded Pleasures range, click here.