These keto hot chocolate stirrers are the perfect way to enjoy a coffee or hot cocoa. Using sugar-free chocolate and peppermint extract, these chocolate stirrers give your drinks a little something extra. They also make fun gifts too!
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Whether it is snowing or not, it's always a good time to make a cup of hot cocoa. It's the quintessential winter treat!
Don't just use a boring spoon in your sugar-free hot cocoa, use these hot chocolate stirrers instead! It is so much fun to dip them into the cup of hot cocoa and watch the chocolate slowly melt away. They work well in white hot chocolate too!
Not gonna lie - these are fun to snack on too! They are like a chocolate lollipop.
Whenever I make these, I feel like a kid again. I can't wait to grab a steaming cup of hot chocolate and lazily stir in this delicious mix. Trust me - you'll enjoy it too!
If you are looking for the perfect DIY food gift, then these are just the thing. Add them to a gift basket with some homemade instant hot chocolate mix and a cute mug.
Your gift is ready to go!
There are only four simple ingredients in these little stirrers. Here's a bit more information about what I used.
ChocZero vanilla syrup is sugar-free and has a full-bodied flavor. It gives your hot chocolate a richer taste.
Use your favorite kind of low-carb sweetener in this recipe! Either granular or liquid will mix into the chocolate the best.
Tip: If you need ideas about the best low-carb sweeteners, check out this guide.
The secret to creating these minty keto treats is to use peppermint-flavored extract. It has all the taste without any carbs or sugar.
Use your favorite type of chocolate on the stirrers, as long as it is sugar-free. Semi-sweet or milk chocolate will have the smoothest taste. Dark chocolate will really stand out due to its rich flavor.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Boil the candy mixture until large bubbles form. It must become hot enough or else it won't harden correctly.
- Be careful not to let the chocolate chips burn when you melt them in the microwave. Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring really well after each one.
- Make the stirrers in batches of 2-3 at a time. The chocolate hardens pretty quickly, so either work with someone else or take your time.
Here's a super-quick overview of how to make hot chocolate stirrers, along with some additional tips. For the entire recipe, scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Make The Candy Mixture
The very first step is to make the candy mixture - you'll do this in a saucepan on the stove.
Cook the ChocZero vanilla syrup, sweetener, and peppermint extract over medium heat. Keep heating it until large bubbles form.
This usually takes about 5 minutes.
Let The Peppermint Candy Harden
As soon as you see the large bubbles, remove from the heat and pour the hot liquid onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Spread it out in a thin layer on the baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and let it cool for about 30 minutes or until it is completely hardened.
After it solidifies, break it up into small pieces. Wrap the pieces of candy in parchment paper and bang them with the bottom of a glass jar to crush the candy into tiny bits.
Melt The Chocolate Chips
Next, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat it up in 30-second intervals, stirring it really well after each one.
When the chocolate chips are completely melted, make the stirrers.
Create The Hot Chocolate Stirrers
Dip the wooden stirring sticks into the melted chocolate chips. Then, place the chocolate-dipped sticks over the broken candy pieces. Press gently so that the candies stick to the chocolate sticks.
Then, sprinkle more candies on top of the other side of the sticks. You basically want all sides of the sticks to be covered in candy pieces.
There are lots of ways that you can customize these little stirring sticks. Here are just a few ideas - but have fun and try to make up your own!
- Instead of peppermint extract, mix in a little bit of sugar-free caramel sauce. Then add some sea salt to the hard candy. Salted caramel hot cocoa is a delicious treat.
- Leave out the peppermint and add a touch more vanilla. French vanilla hot cocoa stirrers are yummy too.
- Or, leave the peppermint extract in and drizzle some melted white chocolate on top of the sticks before you add the candy.
️ Serving Suggestions
Since these are a fun little holiday treat, you can enjoy them with any of your favorite low-carb cookies! Keto shortbread cookies have a very delicate flavor that won't detract from the rich hot cocoa.
If you are a total chocolate-lover, then make some chocolate zucchini cookies and indulge your sweet tooth.
Of course, you can never go wrong with the combination of peanut butter and chocolate! No-bake peanut butter cookies are filling and hearty, and totally delicious.
Before I get to the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask. If you don't see your question here, please leave it in the comments.
Yes, wooden spoons are a popular way to make hot chocolate stirrers. I have even seen people make hot cocoa stirrers out of plastic straws or craft sticks.
My go-to brand for sugar-free and keto chocolate is ChocZero! It's super delicious, low in carbs, and doesn't have any white sugar in it. I love to stock up on their chocolate chips and chocolate syrup so I can make my favorite peppermint mocha latte and so many other baking treats.
Yes! Either make your own mini sugar-free marshmallows or buy a bag from the store. Sprinkle them on top of the hot cocoa stirrers instead of the candy.
Why you'll love it
These easy keto hot chocolate stirrers are so much fun to make! Invite your friends over and make a big batch to use as DIY gifts. Or let your kiddos set them out for Santa Clause.
They are fun to keep around when you want to add a little something extra to your coffee too.
If you enjoyed these peppermint hot chocolate stirrers, here are some more low-carb treats you should try next. They are all made with chocolate!
- Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark is ready for your next party - it's easy to serve and looks decadent too.
- Low-Carb Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding surprisingly only has 3g net carbs in each serving. You'll never guess from the incredible flavor!
- Keto Cream Cheese Truffles are high in fat and easy to customize with lots of different coatings.
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Donuts taste like you are cheating, but you aren't because they only have 3g net carbs each.
- Keto Chocolate Molten Lava Cake oozes with super-rich fudge and feels like the best restaurant treat.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Stirrers (Sugar-Free, Keto)
- ¼ cup ChocZero Vanilla Syrup
- 6 tablespoons low carb sweetener
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- ½ cup chocolate chips about 3 ounces
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Add ChocZero Vanilla Syrup, erythritol based sweetener, and peppermint extract to small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until syrup starts to boil. Continue to cook until large bubbles form, about 4-5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and quickly pour onto lined baking sheet and tilt pan to create a thinner layer of hot liquid.
- Let cool in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to harden. Break into small pieces. Then wrap in parchment paper and bang with the bottom of a glass jar to crush the candy further into tiny pieces.
- Melt chocolate chips in microwave, double boiler or chocolate melter. Dip tips of wooden stirrers to coat. Lay out strips of broken peppermint candy about the same length of chocolate dip. Place chocolate dipped wooden sticks over the broken candy. Press gently to adhere candy to soft chocolate. Then sprinkle additional peppermint candy pieces on top and gently press on. Repeat for all the sticks. It's best to work on only 2 to 3 sticks at a time.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [calories] => 62 [carbohydrates] => 15 [protein] => 1 [fat] => 2 [saturated_fat] => 1 [trans_fat] => 1 [cholesterol] => 1 [sodium] => 5 [potassium] => 10 [fiber] => 13 [sugar] => 5 [vitamin_a] => 17 [vitamin_c] => 1 [calcium] => 9 [iron] => 1 )
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These are so cute! My nieces and nephews will love these. Thanks!