There is something about the Winter that make hot chocolate obligatory. On a cold dark night with the wind howling outside and the snow fallling gently outside there is something comforting about wrapping your fingers round a warm mug of hot chocolate. A mug of hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows is food for the soul, that first sweet sip warms you up and makes you feel whole again. Breathing warmth into icy cold fingers and numb toes and making you able to face the world. Did you know that Gu Puds now have added Gu hot chocolate to their range? Neither did I until they asked me if I would take on the challenge of making an edible cup to serve their new hot chocolate in. I love a challenge and have taken part in a few in the past like making chocolate brownies. I had a feeling edible cups might be more of a challenge though. I decided to try and make cups out of gingerbread.
I thought that gingerbread would go very nicely with the Gu hot chocolate and had the idea of using muffin tins to make the shapes for the cups. The idea was to use baking parchment so they would not stick and when they cooked they would take on the shape of a cup. It worked to some extent, the gingerbread rose and I did have to hollow out the finished cups a little bit to make the right shape. When it came to pouring the hot chocolate into the cups it did work well, only one of them leaked and that was due to it being hollowed out a little too much.
While my first attempt at edible cups did not look the most pretty, they were certainly tasty and perfectly complemented the Gu hot chocolate. I think with a bit more practice and bigger muffin tins I could make them look really pretty. They could be filled with icing sugar as a waterproof lining and decorated with icing and sweets on the outside which would make a lovely presentation.
Gu hot chocolate is a lovely luxurious hot chocolate, it comes in three different types, Hot Chocolate, Mocha Flavour Hot Chocolate and Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. I tried the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and it was gorgeous, very chocolatey and smooth with a hint of salted caramel. You can find Gu hot chocolate in Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Booths. It is a 750ml carton in the chilled aisle near the milk. I was quite pleased with my edible cups experiment and so was my son who enjoyed demolishing them after I had taken photos. Galina at Chez Maximka also took part in the challenge and made some lovely looking chocolate cone cups.
- 350g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 125g butter
- 175g light soft brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- Sift the flour, cinnamon, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl.
- Add the butter and rub in to form crumbs
- Add the sugar and syrup and mix to form a dough.
- Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge to cool for ten minutes
- Preheat the oven to 180C, Gas Mark 4
- Roll the dough out and cut into circles with a cutter
- Place the circles into a muffin tin lined with baking parchment
- Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until firm
- Leave to cool then hollow the centres out to form cups