• Sunflower oil, for greasing
  • 300g dark, milk or white chocolate (or a mixture), broken into squares

To decorate

  • Selection of chocolate buttons, Hundreds and thousands, Mini fudge pieces, Or chopped peppermint candy canes

For packaging

  • 6 cupcake cases
  • Pencil
  • Pastry brush
  • 6 empty 47g fromage frais pots (washed and dried)
  • 6 wooden lolly sticks
  • Cellophane and string or ribbon for wrapping
  • 6 gift tags


  1. Push a small hole in the middle of the cupcake cases with a pencil and put aside for later.
  2. Dip the pastry brush in the sunflower oil and paint a very thin layer of oil over the insides of the fromage frais pots.
  3. Put the chocolate in a bowl and heat in the microwave in 30-sec bursts until runny, stirring after each blast. Or melt it in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. (If you’re using different types of chocolate, you should melt them separately)
  4. Carefully pour the melted chocolate into the pots.
  5. Put a lolly stick in the middle of each and sprinkle your chosen decorations around it.
  6. Sit a cake case on top of each pot so that it covers the chocolate and the stick pokes through the hole. Put them in the fridge to set overnight.
  7. The next day, carefully pull the chocolates out of the pots and throw away the paper cases.
  8. Wrap each in cellophane tied with string and write a tag to read: ‘Simply stir into hot milk.’