This is a big year for me, because it’s the first year I’ll be hosting my family at my house for Thanksgiving. We’ve always done it at my parents’ place, but I decided we should shake things up a bit, and surprisingly my family agreed!
We have a tradition in my family of doing super decadent hot drinks on Thanksgiving. Whether it’s rich hot cocoa or cinnamon-packed hot apple cider, we always top them off with a mountain of whipped cream. As a kid this was my favorite part of Thanksgiving, other than my mom’s homemade pumpkin pie of course. Now my favorite part of Thanksgiving is just getting to spend time with my family, but we’ve managed to keep the tradition going all these years!
Since I’m hosting, I feel like I need to do something extra special, so I’ve been playing around with making frozen chocolate garnishes for our drinks. I’ve tried this a few times now, and my most recent attempt wasn’t a total fail, so I thought I’d share.
For my chocolate I used Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers, which melt down very easily and have a smooth consistency in liquid form. I went low-tech and used a ziplock baggie to pipe designs onto parchment paper, but you can use a piping bag with a very small tip if you have one.
I left my designs in the freezer overnight to harden, and when I pulled them out the next morning they popped right off! Some were a little cuter than others, but they all definitely passed the taste test 😉
I’ll probably try this a few more times before Thanksgiving, but I think it’s going to be a hit with my family!
Have any design suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments below!